Pennsylvania State University — Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Penn State Altoona, Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences, invites applications for the tenure-line faculty position of Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education program, specializing in Social Studies Education, beginning August 2022. The successful candidate must have an earned Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, or a closely related field, at the time of appointment start date; be able to teach Social Studies Education and other related undergraduate courses in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education program (PreK-4 certification); and have a minimum of 3-years of experience teaching elementary or middle school. We encourage applicants with specialization in multiple disciplines and/or subject areas within the field of education.

The position requires the teaching of nine credit hours per semester, conducting original research published in peer-reviewed journals, advising and mentoring undergraduate students, as well as providing service to the College, community, and the profession. Each candidate should demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching and working collaboratively with faculty and local school district partners. Successful candidates will be dedicated to ensuring the highest quality pre-service teacher education while also encouraging individual growth, cultural awareness, ethical decision-making, and civic responsibility. Candidates will also be expected to assist in the ongoing growth and development of the program and participate in student recruitment and retention activities, as well as program assessment. More information about the Elementary and Early Childhood Education program at Penn State Altoona is available at

Penn State Altoona ( is a two-campus, four-year baccalaureate institution. Situated in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania, Penn State Altoona offers 25 baccalaureate degrees, five associate degrees, and the first two years of more than 160 Penn State baccalaureate majors. The college is continuing to expand its degree offerings. The campus community includes nearly 3,000 students and over 600 faculty and staff members. Located only 40 miles from the flagship University Park campus, Penn State Altoona offers the advantages of a small college teaching environment with the readily available resources of a major research university. Penn State Altoona offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package.

Employment will require successful background check(s) in accordance with university policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Applicants may apply online at and should upload:

  • Letter of application establishing their qualifications
  • Current vita
  • Description of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Statement of research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of an interview). Please combine materials to fit appropriated space.

Review of applications will begin the week of October 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Leigh Ann Haefner, Head of the Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences, at For additional information about Penn State Altoona, please visit our web page at

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.