California State University, Fresno
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Department of Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies [P-8 Education]
Fall 2023 (August 2023)
The Department of Liberal Studies at CSU Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure‐track position as Assistant Professor in Liberal Studies. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in elementary teaching (grades P-8). The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Liberal Studies program (education, pre-credential), conduct scholarly research, and engage in service activities to the university and community. The position will also include opportunities to teach courses in the postbaccalaureate Multiple Subject credential program (elementary teaching) and in various graduate programs, and to serve on thesis/project/dissertation committees. The ideal candidate must maintain an active research agenda, demonstrate the ability to be culturally responsive in their teaching and mentorship, develop new courses in their area of expertise, and engage in community-based work.
Primary teaching responsibilities include courses in Writing for the K-8 Classroom and Literacies, Languages, and Literature. The typical course load in the Kremen School of Education is 4/4 (3-unit courses), with possible course releases for coordinating programs and conducting research. Newly hired tenure-track faculty also receive a one-course release per semester for the first two years. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.
Teach courses in the Liberal Studies program
Maintain an active research agenda in the faculty member’s area of specialization
Take action on diversity, equity, and inclusion with local elementary education stakeholders
Provide support for existing and new partnerships with other subject area departments, community colleges, and school districts
Advise and mentor students in fieldwork experiences, projects, and theses
Contribute to program assessment and quality review through data collection and analysis
Serve as Liberal Studies and/or Integrated Teacher Education Program coordinator as needed
Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):
- Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction; Multicultural Education; Literacies; Education Studies; Elementary Education; or closely related fields
- Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For employment the doctorate must be completed by 8/1/2023.
- Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Experience in working with learners and teachers in elementary schools;
- Evidence of engaging in research related to subject matter and pedagogical preparation of elementary teachers;
- Subject area expertise in one of the following areas:
- Reading, language, and literature
- History and social science
- Natural science
- Visual and performing arts
- Physical education
- Human development
- Instructional technology
- Ethnic studies, diversity in P-8 teaching
- Evidence of successful teaching experience at the P-8 grade level.
- Evidence of commitment to social justice/culturally sustaining pedagogy.
- Evidence of experience working with bilingual learners.
- Experience supervising and supporting future teachers in service-learning, community engagement, field experience, and other clinical/fieldwork.
- Experience in coordination of an interdisciplinary program design, including curriculum development, assessment, and scheduling.
- Experience with facilitating partnerships with local education stakeholders, including school and school districts, community colleges, and expanded learning partners.
- Evidence of scholarship such as peer-reviewed publications or refereed conference presentations.
Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023. Apply online at http://careers.fresnostate.edu
Application Review Date: Monday, December 19, 2022
Attach the following:
- Cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications
- Curriculum vitae
- Names and contact information of three professional references.
- A statement that addresses how your teaching will be responsive to the diverse populations of California’s Central Valley
Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts prior to in-person campus visits. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:
- Three current letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
Search Chair: Dr. Frederick Peinado Nelson
Department of Liberal Studies
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Members: Patrick De Walt email@example.com
Becky Noel Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
About Fresno State:
California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity
The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: www.fresnostate.edu/academics/facultyaffairs/procedures/facultyrtp/. We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.
About the College and Department:
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development’s (KSOEHD) mission is recruitment and development of ethically informed leaders for classroom teaching, education administration, counseling, and higher education. Our programs are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Together, the programs aim to foster candidate dispositions of collaboration, valuing diversity, critical thinking, ethical judgments, reflection, and lifelong learning. Our mission is realized through a framework of teaching, scholarship, and services that prepare highly competent educators and human development specialists, while providing professional support and leadership to the community, promoting applied research, and providing experiences and opportunities that will enable employed professionals to remain current in their fields. Additionally, the KSOEHD hosts an Equity Scholars Program, providing funding to support research related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.
The mission of the Department of Liberal Studies is to provide relevant and rigorous subject matter preparation for elementary teaching that is committed to equity and social justice. The Liberal Studies major is one of the largest-enrolled undergraduate programs with some of the highest graduation rates at Fresno State. The Liberal Studies undergraduate major program consists of coursework in the subject matter areas that represent disciplinary expertise for future elementary teachers.
Curriculum in the Liberal Studies program is recognized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as an Elementary Subject Matter authorized program, representing the “Gold Standard” of subject matter preparation.
Faculty also teach in the innovative South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP), an accelerated pathway for students who transfer from a partner Community College with all lower-division General Education, major, and prerequisite courses completed. In this pathway, students complete the Liberal Studies B.A. and Multiple Subject (elementary teaching) Credential in only two years after transferring, allowing them to enter the profession a year and a half earlier than in a traditional post-baccalaureate credential program.
Faculty in the Department of Liberal Studies are campus leaders in service-learning, STEM education, diversity, and active learning pedagogy.
Additional opportunities exist for collaboration across the Fresno State campus with other departments and programs.
The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.
Other Campus Information:
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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.
The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html.
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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.