Reporting to the Chair of the Elementary and Special Education, the Assistant Professor of Birth-to-Kindergarten requires teaching, research, and service responsibilities. A terminal degree from an accredited institution in the content area is required. The successful candidate will be qualified to teach undergraduate courses in early childhood education; content area courses such as STEM, Art, Music, Social Studies; and practicum experiences. The successful candidate will also contribute to the growth of the program; develop an active research agenda; secure external funding;mentor students; and provide service to the profession, University, and community. The position is a 10-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Summer teaching may be available.
• Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in child development, early childhood education,
special education, or a closely related field, by August 1, 2021, with at least 18 graduate semester
hours in child development or early childhood education
• Commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service that is consistent with the college’s priorities
and the mission of the University
• Promise of productive research/scholarship consistent with the teacher-scholar model, including
• Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring,
and curriculum design and development
• Willingness and ability to support the program’s social justice lens
• Commitment to building community partnerships and recruiting candidates
• Collaborating with program colleagues in matters related to accreditation, data collection and
• Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the college and University
• Technological literacy and a commitment to integrate technology into teaching and scholarship
• Commitment to professional service within the University and beyond
• Interest in working in a diverse academic and professional community
• Experience in online teaching or willingness to learn
• Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives
• Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without
assistance from the institution
• Experience teaching in early childhood (0-5 years) educational settings particularly working
with children who have special needs
• Experience teaching undergraduate courses in face-to-face, online, or hybrid learning
• Experience with school-university-community partnerships
• Involvement in professional organizations
• Experience working with diverse student populations
• Eligibility for Georgia teaching license
• Demonstrated effectiveness in using technology in instruction
• Strong collaboration and communication skills
Screening of applications begins December 4, 2020 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence.
A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. In addition, applicants are required to submit an Inclusive Excellence statement (2 pages). In the Inclusive Excellence statement, applicants should reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment regarding teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and discuss past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, service, and outreach. Other documentation may be requested.
Internal Number: 67776
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