Assistant/Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies – Early Childhood Education (ECE)/...

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Oct 22, 2021

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies – Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Fall 2022

Knoxville, Tennessee
Open Date:
Jun 1, 2021


The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant or associate faculty position in early childhood education (birth-8). The position will begin August 2022.

The CFS department supports an ecological and interdisciplinary perspective on early education, and seeks a candidate whose ongoing research and teaching will strengthen the early childhood education (ECE) programs and CFS department. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue active research agendas, seek external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and advise students. The candidate also will be expected to collegially engage in service activities in support of the department, college, university, and/or local/global communities.


The Department of Child and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary department in the CAEP-Approved College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The CFS department emphasizes contextual approaches to research and practice with the intention of creating knowledge and informing practice related to the well-being of children, youth, and families. The CFS department is home to the Early Learning Center for Research and Practice (ELC), an innovative, cross-culturally inspired, and inclusive laboratory school. The ELC is an exceptionally high-quality learning environment for children, pre-service and in-service teachers, and researchers.

The CFS department currently consists of 17 tenure-track and clinical faculty, plus adjunct faculty and staff, who supervise and teach approximately 300 undergraduate majors and 45 CFS graduate students. To learn more about the CFS Department, please visit:

The CFS undergraduate program has two tracks: (a) Community Outreach and (b) Integrated Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure at both the PreK-K and PreK-3 levels. For more information about the CFS undergraduate program, please visit:

The CFS graduate program includes M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The M.S. program has two tracks: (a) Integrated Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure (PreK-3) and (b) Research and Application. To learn more about the CFS graduate programs, please visit:

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT Knoxville) was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public land-grant universities in the country. UT Knoxville is a vibrant and diverse urban campus, located in the heart of Knoxville. UT Knoxville is the flagship campus for the UT system and has the Carnegie Classification of Research University (Very High Research Activity). The city of Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 857,000 and is located within easy driving distance of Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information about UT and Knoxville, please visit:



Candidates must have an earned doctorate degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Child Development, or a closely related field. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to perform at the rank being considered.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in early childhood special education, early intervention, early childhood curriculum and assessment, teaching diverse learners, teacher education, and/or policy. Evidence of effective university-level teaching, experience working in an interdisciplinary environment, and direct experience and/or applied work in early care and education settings, especially within early childhood special education, are highly desirable.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on 08/15/2021, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a letter of application, the names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, a curriculum vitae, and up to two publications to


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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