University Seeking Math Professors with ‘Social Justice’ Backgrounds

Because teaching numbers alone just won't do.

A couple of spots for math teachers have opened up at Texas State University but don’t even think about submitting an application unless you have an extensive background in social justice activism and research.

No, seriously. They’re not just teaching numbers any more.

Inside Higher Ed posted the job title to its site:

Position Title: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor of Elementary Math Education

Position Description: The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), invites applications for two tenured/tenure-track positions in PK-8 mathematics education at the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. We seek candidates who share our commitment to educational equity, to social justice, and to the recruitment and high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systemically marginalized communities. We are especially interested in applicants whose scholarly interests and work include attention to the concerns of race, ethnicity, multilingualism, immigrant, social class, gender, and diversity, broadly defined.

The listing specifies a preference of applicants “from historically underrepresented groups.” So, good luck, white educators.

While there are requirements to actually know math, the university is really looking for applicants who can show a “Demonstrated knowledge of and engagement with issues of social justice, equity, access, multilingual learning, and culturally sustainable or responsive, praxis.” And also, “Evidence of research and practice related to issues of social justice, equity, access, multilingual learning, and culturally sustainable, or responsive, praxis.”

Perhaps some of the problems they will work in class might look like this:

1. Social Justice Activism > Learn Math.

2. Malcolm X, solve for "X"

3. If Antifa hurls six rocks into a crowd of white supremacists, how many will hit Trump supporters?

Welcome to education in 2017.