The Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) in the College of Education is seeking candidates for a Career-Track (non-tenure), open rank 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 searching for an educator to build on an already strong field- and community-based program to prepare future early childhood educators.
The Professor of Practice/Director will have the opportunity to work with TLS faculty members who are committed to early learning and who specialize in fields such as teaching and learning ecologies of linguistically/culturally diverse students; family and community resources in diverse in and outside of school contexts; family-community-school partnerships; early childhood teacher education; equity and social justice education; children’s rights; and early literacy and language development. The Professor of Practice/Director will have the opportunity to build new and enhance current partnerships within and outside of the college such as the College of Education’s renowned collection of international children’s literature, Worlds of Words; the schools and districts comprising the college’s Professional Preparation Board; Pima Community College; early childhood organizations in the county and the state; and local literacy development programs. The Professor of Practice/Director will be expected to provide leadership and contribute to what we know about early learning and the education of early childhood teachers, nationally and internationally.
The College of Education supports Inclusive Excellence, the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The appointee is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department, college, and university. The College of Education values its inclusive climate, as we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community.
The University of Arizona is built on the lands of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui peoples. This position will continue to strengthen our dedication to creating educational equity and opportunities, as UA is a designated Hispanic and American Indian and Alaska Native-Serving Institution.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Earned doctorate in Early Childhood Education or a related field attained by time of hire
Experience in program administration
Experience in university-level teaching or providing professional development
Knowledge of or experience with teacher education and certification
About University of Arizona/ College of Education
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 (www.wow.lit.org), which boasts one of the largest international collections of children’s literature in the world.