University of Arizona — Open Rank Professor of Practice & Director of Early Childhood Education

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. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee and direct the Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts in Education program 
  • Participate in the recruitment and hiring of faculty; adjunct instructors; professors of practice; community and
    family liaisons; and site coordinators 
  • Coordinate among the faculty and staff in Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, the College of Education Academic Advisors and other College of Education departments in continual program improvement and implementation 
  • Coordinate with TLS faculty on the graduate program/curriculum in Early Childhood Education 
  • Teach in the undergraduate CREATE Early Childhood program and the graduate-level early childhood courses 
  • Represent the CREATE Early Childhood program at local, regional, and state meetings and events 
  • Work with the offices of Field Experiences and Student Teaching, Academic Advisors, College of Education Recruiter, and the Associate Dean on the recruitment, admission and retention of undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Work with schools and districts and the Office of Field Experiences on field experience sites 
  • Direct the preparation of accreditation documents 
  • Engage in service to the College, University, community, and profession 
  • Participate in national meetings, as appropriate 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Earned doctorate in curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, community and family studies, or a related field 
  • Commitment to working with and supporting linguistically and culturally diverse populations 
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, ethical and political dimensions of early childhood education 
  • Experience in program administration 
  • Knowledge of/experience in teacher education and certification 
  • Experience in university-level teaching and/or providing professional development 
  • Understanding of public schools and pre-school systems 
  • Enthusiasm for working in a multidisciplinary and community environment 


  • 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 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) 
  • Knowledge of community colleges and university pathways 
  • Awareness of national and international developments in the practice of early childhood education 
  • Experience with initiating and/or developing community-based relationships with public, non-profit and for- profit programs in diverse communities 
  • Experience in teaching or working in community settings. 
  • Participation in national organizations related to ECE or higher education 
  • Interest in and experience with active and collaborative learning, the instructional use of innovative technology, and hybrid and online learning

To apply, submit the following materials to []

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (one letter who can speak to your administrative expertise) Search Committee will begin to review applications on November 8, 2019

Contact Information for Candidates:
Dr. Sung-eun Jung, Search Committee Chair