Coastal Carolina University — Assistant / Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

The Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant and/or Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education. The successful applicant will be appointed to a full-time nine-month position to begin in August 2021. 

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, South Carolina, just nine miles from the Atlantic coastal resort city of Myrtle Beach. Coastal Carolina University enrolls over 10,000 students from 45 states and 58 nations. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and selective master’s degrees of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, a specialist degree in educational leadership, and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and Education.

The Spadoni College is a CAEP accredited institution. More than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students are currently majoring in education programs at Coastal Carolina University. The Spadoni College offers undergraduate programs in early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, physical education, and special education. Graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Education degree with concentrations in English, social studies, mathematics, and science; Master of Education and Educational Specialists degrees in Educational Leadership; Master of Education and Educational Specialists degrees in Instructional Technology, Master of Education in Special Education, Master of Education in Language, Literacy, and Culture, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education.

The Early Childhood Education Program at Coastal Carolina University is a specifically designed program of study that meets educational requirements for South Carolina licensure in grades PreK-3. 

Required Qualifications:
Required qualifications for this position include:

  • an earned doctorate in early childhood is preferred/elementary education or closely related field, or ABD will be considered if defense is by August 2021.
  • a record of, or potential for, excellence in university teaching, research, and service, and
  • a minimum of three years successful experience teaching students in prekindergarten through grade 3 in public schools or in federal programs. (teaching with ages prekindergarten is preferred) 
  • experience and/or scholarship in the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research;
  • experience or evidence of potential to support candidates through the Dissertation process, by serving as a committee member and/or committee chair on graduate student dissertation committees; and
  • excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Desired Qualifications:
Desired qualifications for this position include:

  • excellent college teaching, evident in teaching evaluation,
  • record of, or potential for, consistent scholarly productivity, 
  • experience with program planning and accreditation responsibilities, 
  • a desire to teach child development at the undergraduate level,
  • expertise in multiple statistical software programs (e.g., R, SAS, STATA, SPSS),
  • expertise in qualitative software programs (e.g., Dedoose, NVivo),
  • potential for leadership in program planning or in professional organizations, and
  • success with funded grants and projects.

The duties include teaching, research, and service. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • teaching undergraduate courses in early childhood education 
  • engaging in scholarly activity.
  • engaging in service to the program, department, college, university, and profession.
  • collaborating with colleagues in the program, department, university, and PreK-12 schools. 
  • supervising students in field-based experiences.
  • advising and recruiting undergraduate and graduate students.

Interested candidates should submit: a letter of application (outlining interest in the position with the specified qualifications and approach to teaching), current curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts of all graduate work (copies are acceptable at this time), a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, and a list of at least three (3) professional references. All information and material must be submitted electronically at Applicants that are invited for interviews must provide official transcripts of all graduate coursework prior to visiting campus. Review of applications and materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Coastal Carolina University is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Coastal Carolina University is an EO/AA employer.