Assistant Professor: Early Childhood Education

San Diego, California
Sep 26, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The Child and Family Development (CFD) Department seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor colleague to join our department of committed, experienced faculty. The undergraduate bachelor degree programs are accredited by NAEYC and approved by NCFR for Certified Family Life Educator status. Our department emphasizes social-emotional development within family, education, community, and cultural contexts. The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in early childhood education (ECE), multicultural pedagogy, and social justice with a demonstrated ability to prepare professionals to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. We embrace diversity and inclusion and seek to recruit qualified applicants from all backgrounds and actively encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, supervising students in school and community-based field experiences, maintaining active scholarship, supporting partnerships with community organizations and schools, and providing service to the Department and the College of Education. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2018.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Child Development, Family Studies, Education, Developmental Psychology, or a closely related field
  • Expertise in developmentally appropriate practice and ECE pedagogy
  • Experience working in culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse settings
  • An established record of scholarly activity and publication


  • Experience/interest in any of the following areas: preparing teachers for multilingual, multiracial settings, pedagogical content knowledge and teacher education, social justice and equity in ECE
  • P-3 classroom teaching experience
  • Familiarity with ECE policies, standards, and workforce development initiatives
  • University teaching experience in child development or a related area
  • Experience with diverse populations and/or evidence of cultural competence


Assistant Professor appointment with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.


Please apply via Interfolio at Screening of applications will begin October 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Sascha Longstreth at Initial interviews are planned for beginning of Spring semester.


SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23 campus California State University system. With more than 6,400 faculty and staff and over 33,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Website:


The College of Education comprises seven diverse departments/schools committed to one unified mission: to prepare effective professionals for a variety of societal service delivery and leadership roles across a range of settings including schools, post secondary institutions, social service agencies, and vocational rehabilitation organizations.  The College contributes to the knowledge base in both educational theory and practice through professional inquiry and scholarship. The College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, to increase institutional effectiveness, and to promote social justice. Website:


The Department of Child and Family Development is a highly integrated academic unit within the College of Education. The SDSU Child and Family Development (CFD) Department’s mission is to prepare students to become early childhood educators and professionals who work with children, families, schools and communities. The focus of the department is on the study of social emotional development as the underlying foundation for all other areas of development including physical, cognitive, motor, and language. The program represents an interdisciplinary field of study with a basic assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and public policy. The Department’s emphasis on primary prevention prepares students with hands-on experiences through community-based learning.  The Department includes 14 full-time and approximately 14 part-time faculty and serves a student body of between 500 to 600 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students.  Website:

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.