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Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer in Child Studies


Position Title:

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer in Child Studies


Position Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)


Salary Range:


Salary will be between $52,350 and 77,840, depending on the number of courses taught and years of college teaching experience; benefits eligible.






The Department of Child Studies at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for an Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer (non-tenure track) in Child Studies. Courses may include: Introduction to Child Studies (CHST 3), Cultural Humility with Children and Families (CHST 4, two sections), Compassionate Leadership and Mindfulness (CHST 5), Technology and Education (CHST 75, two sections), Advanced Writing for Social Sciences (CHST 100), Middle Childhood, Family, and Community (CHST 102), and Advocacy for Children (CHST 104). Descriptions for these courses can be found the bulletin on the SCU website. Specific assignments will be made according to the academic qualifications of the individual and programmatic need. The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of 5, 6, or 7 courses, with at least one course in each quarter, fall, winter and spring. Each quarter is 10 weeks long with an 11th week set for final examinations. This position starts September 1, 2024. This position is for in-person instruction, however, the successful applicant may have to provide temporary online instruction should the county health or university health situation so require.


We are interested in candidates whose teaching interests align with the mission of the Child Studies Department:


Our curriculum encompasses a social-justice, anti-racist, and cultural competence perspective, all constructs that are critical for 21st-century child advocates. As a complement to the curriculum, CHST majors work extensively with children and families in local schools and community-based programs. Our faculty is committed to addressing the myriad issues affecting marginalized populations: education policy, the pre-school to prison pipeline, socio-emotional processes, political dynamics, community organizing, and institutional change.




Salary will be between $52,350 and 77,840, depending on the number of courses taught and years of college teaching experience; benefits eligible.




(1)Terminal Degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Education, Psychology, Sociology, or a closely related field is preferred. Applications who are ABD or possess a Master’s Degree, accompanied by commensurate academic experience in Education or closely-related field (5-7 years of college or professional teaching), will be considered;


(2) Demonstrates excellence in teaching at the college level;


(3) Excellent communication skills.




Demonstration of inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU goals of diversity and equity, and demonstrated experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.




TEACHING (100%):


a. Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively;


b. Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;


c. Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;


d. Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;


e. Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;


f. Where applicable, teaching from an approved syllabus for the University Core courses assigned or working with the Chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant;


g. Developing courses for which they are responsible and contributing to general curriculum development.




This position does not require any service duties. You may be invited, but not required, to attend department meetings or activities.




Please upload the following materials by April 15th, 2024:


• CV

• Sample syllabus or similar course material

• Teaching Evaluations

• Short letter of introduction explaining your qualifications for teaching the course(s) that you would like to teach and feel qualified to teach. Please specify how many courses (5, 6 or 7) and which courses from the list provided above.

• Contact information for 2 references who can comment about your teaching qualifications.


Please direct any questions about this position or the application process to Tim Urdan, Chair of the Child Studies Department, at


Date the ad will close: April 15, 2024.


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EEO Statement


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