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Urban & Regional Planning Lecturer Pool - Military Veterans

at San Jose State University


Department Summary

SJSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, founded in 1970, includes an interdisciplinary and highly research-active team of scholars and engaged practitioners. The department prepares planning professionals who can affect transformative change and create just, sustainable, and vibrant communities.  The department is in a growing and building phase, as it has recently expanded to include the Geography program. Degrees offered include: a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Geography, a GIS Minor, a Geography Minor, an Urban Studies Minor, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board), and graduate certificate programs, including an advanced certificate program in Geographic Information Science.  For further information, please visit our website:  For a complete list of courses we offer, please visit SJSU’s catalog page at: 


Brief Description of Duties

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning seeks candidates for a part-time lecturer instructional positions to teach introductory lower division courses as well as upper division courses in different aspects of urban planning and geography.

  • Lecturers should be able to demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity including but not limited to differences in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement
  • Lecturers are expected to organize their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-student connection in a common virtual space as all students are directed to log in to Canvas for online access to their classes. Lecturers will be provided access to this system prior to the semester start date. Training in the use of the LMS is also provided by SJSU’s e-campus
  • Lecturers are expected to deliver course content following a syllabus and a schedule agreed upon with the Department Chair. Instruction includes lectures and assessments include quizzes, mid-term or final exams, and/or lab-based or project-based assignments. The lecturer is responsible for assigning the final grades.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Urban Planning/Geography or a closely related discipline (PhD preferred). Professional experience in addition to a Master’s degree and previous teaching experience at the collegiate level will be highly valued.
  • Applicants must be able to prepare and deliver lectures in a conventional (in class) or online modalities
  • Applicants must be well organized and able to deliver a supportive learning experience for our highly diverse student body.
  • AICP and/or GISP certification is highly recommended

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Salary Range - To commensurate with experience.         

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Evidence of Previous Teaching Experience (syllabi, evaluations, testimonials)
  • List of References

This is a continuing open position.  

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups.  As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility.  The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society.  SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University

San Jose State is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San José, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of San Francisco Bay, and is easily accessible from area freeways.

From its beginnings as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations.

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