Job Opportunities at CoSS

Over 20 new tenure-track and tenured faculty have joined the College of Social Sciences in the past 2 years. These colleagues brought expertise in everything from the effects of mixed-income housing policy on Black communities to how people respond to wildfire risk to the effects of trade with China on health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2021-2022, the College of Social Sciences is seeking to add 10 more tenured or tenure-track faculty. Several of these positions are part of a University-wide campaign to deepen our expertise in Latinx/a/o experiences, with recruitments in Educational Counseling, English and Comparative Literature, Journalism and Mass Communications, School of Information, the School of Management, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and Communication Studies.


Please see below to learn more about how the College of Social Sciences and San Jose State University has been supporting all faculty through all the events of 2020 and 2021. Please contact Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Success Camille Johnson if you have any additional questions.


Training and Teaching in 2020

SJSU and the entire CSU were among the first institutions to transition to online teaching in spring 2020. Courses were canceled for a brief time, to allow faculty to make the transition, and trainings and supports were provided. The CSU was also one of the first systems to declare that fall 2020 would be online. This allowed faculty to prepare for online teaching over the summer. In summer of 2020, winter of 2021, and summer of 2021, the SJSU Teach Online Summer Certificate program with synchronous and asynchronous elements, launched. Faculty were received a stipend for participation.
In support of students, SJSU allowed students to change their grades to pass/no-pass after receiving their letter grades.

Tenure and RSCA support in 2020

Immediately, in spring 2020, requirements around evaluations of teaching were relaxed and both tenure-line and lecturer faculty were able to remove student evaluations of teaching from their review packets. In addition, tenure-line faculty were granted, upon request, a stop of their tenure clock. Many faculty took advantage of this program, with several later rescinding their tenure clock stop when they found that their professional progress was able to continue. In review documents, faculty were provided the option of including statements about how any and all of the events of 2020 may have affected them personally and professionally. More details about University-wide actions can be found here.
Faculty who received start-up funding and were unable to use that funding were granted extensions on their start-up funds to support their research and professional development beyond the original expiration date.


Vaccine Policies in 2021

SJSU repopulated campus in fall 2021, with full dorms and many classes in person. The return to face-to-face teaching was possible because SJSU is a vaccine and mask mandatory campus. This means that everyone who comes to campus must be vaccinated and must wear a mask. Students and academic staff may seek vaccine exemptions, and if granted, they must participate in a weekly testing regimen. More information can be found on our SJSU Health Advisories page.

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