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Announcing an Associate Professor/ Professor of Practice and Director of Early Childhood Education


University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Start Date: August 19, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of Arizona is seeking candidates for a Career-Track Associate Professor/ Professor of Practice who will serve as Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE). The department has established innovative approaches to undergraduate ECE studies including a teacher certification program with a focus on Communities as Resources in Early Childhood Teacher Education—CREATE—and is currently searching for an educator to direct the education of undergraduate ECE majors.

This position will involve administering undergraduate ECE programs, teaching in undergraduate ECE programs (e.g. courses in theories of child development; funds of knowledge; family, school, and community partnerships; early math, literacy, arts and/or science education), and working in coordination with national, state and local organizations to advocate for ECE. This position will also include recruitment of students and instructors and envisioning how the program might continue to evolve and grow in response to new opportunities and challenges.

This is a full-time nine-month year-to-year appointment beginning in the fall of 2019. It is anticipated that the position may continue as a 1.0 FTE position in 2020-2021.

Existing faculty research and teaching interests related to ECE include the teaching and learning ecologies of linguistically/culturally diverse students; family and community resources in diverse in- and out- of school contexts; family-community-school partnerships; early childhood teacher education; equity and social justice education; children’s rights and participation; and early literacy and language development. We seek to enhance our leadership and contributions in this field and to further strengthen our undergraduate programs in ECE. We expect the candidate will be knowledgeable about the field, including global and alternative perspectives.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in ECE or a related field.
 Commitment to linguistic and culturally diverse populations.
 Understanding of ethical and political dimensions of ECE.
 Experience in program administration.
 Experience initiating and/or developing community-based relationships with public, non-profit and for-profit programs in diverse communities.
 Knowledge of/experience in teacher education and certification.
 Demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching and/or providing professional development.
 Understanding of public schools and pre-school systems.
 Knowledge of community college and university pathways.
 Bilingual (Spanish/English).
 Enthusiasm for working in a multidisciplinary and community environment.
 Active in national organizations related to ECE and/or higher education.
 Interest in and experience with active and collaborative learning, the instructional use of innovative technology, and hybrid and online learning.

Salary & Benefits


Application Procedures

To apply, submit the following materials to
-A cover letter
-Curriculum Vitae
-Three letters of recommendation

Program Description

The University of Arizona, College of Education has established an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate programs in early childhood education with a focus on Communities as Resources in Early Childhood Teacher Education—CREATE. This position offers an opportunity to join the internationally recognized department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) and teach in CREATE undergraduate program in early childhood education. TLS faculty engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching as well as a departmental commitment to social justice. TLS provides a collaborative work environment for faculty research and grant development and encourages cross-program and cross-departmental research initiatives. The successful candidate will be joining a highly regarded group of faculty as well as a vibrant early childhood community in Southern Arizona—a dynamic transnational border region, in proximity to the 21 Tribal Nations of Arizona. In addition, our College is the home of Worlds of Words International Collection of Children’s and Adolescent Literature (, which boasts one of the largest international collections of children’s literature in the world.

Contact Info

Dr. Leah Durán, Search Committee Chair

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