Assistant Professor - Birth-Kindergarten Program - #002047

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Assistant Professor - Birth-Kindergarten Program - #002047


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Position Summary:

The Department of Human Services invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the online Birth-Kindergarten program beginning August 1, 2021. This is not a remote position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

The prospective faculty member will teach online, supervise, and advise in the Birth-Kindergarten program. In addition, faculty will share program responsibilities, provide service, and conduct research. Service to the university, community, and region requires the faculty member to live within reasonable proximity to the university. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in teaching, a record of community/public engagement, and evidence of a scholarly research agenda.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate or ABD (by date of hire) in early childhood education, early childhood special education, child development, or a closely related field; expertise in working with young children birth-kindergarten; eligibility for North Carolina licensure. Degree must be from an accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in the following: teaching in a B-K classroom; teaching in higher education birth-kindergarten/early childhood; advising students; supervising interns in preschool and kindergarten settings; mentoring pre-service and new teachers; supporting students transitioning from community college to 4-year institution; literacy education; experience with edTPA portfolio; online instruction and development of online courses; and evidence of a research agenda.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted.

As part of your application you will asked to attach a cover letter, VITA, complete transcripts (unofficial are acceptable for the screening stage), current licensure, and current contact information for five professional references.

For questions or additional information, contact Dr. Cathy Grist Chair, Birth-Kindergarten Search Committee, [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 10/7/2020
Application Due: 12/22/2020
Work Type: Full Time