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Assistant Professor (Early Childhood Education)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Education, Child Development & Family Studies
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job no: 511018
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Date opened: 27 Nov 2021 Eastern Standard Time
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Job Description:

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position with expertise in early childhood education and care and child development, or a closely related field (such as human development, child development, psychology, family studies, education policy, etc.), to begin September 1, 2022.

We are seeking a collaborative and creative colleague who shares UMass Boston's commitment to urban populations and who possesses inclusionary, transdisciplinary, and/or global perspectives on early education and care. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the development, growth, and enhancement of programs in the early childhood area, including a robust undergraduate program in Early Childhood Education and Care. Strong qualitative or quantitative methodological expertise is expected. In particular, we are seeking scholars working on the leading edge of Early Childhood Education and Care research, specifically in the areas of critical theory and research. Candidates must be committed to support our goal of ensuring an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace.

We are looking for individuals whose expertise aligns with one of the following hiring priorities:

  • Research or theory building on anti-racism and anti-bias in early childhood education and care from birth through age 8. Scholars who conduct research rooted in Critical Race Theory, Critical Language and Race Theory (LangCrit), Critical Disability Studies, and/or Gender Studies in Education.
  • Research on anti-bias teaching methods or curriculum development in science, math, engineering and/or the arts in diverse populations.
  • Research on social contexts and influences in early childhood education and care.
  • Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of high-quality teaching practice at the higher education level and the potential for obtaining external grant funding. UMass Boston is committed to the recruitment of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds who are innovators in these disciplines' scholarship.

    Responsibilities: carry out an active research agenda that makes significant contributions to the field of early childhood education; teach courses in the undergraduate, Master’s, Post-Master’s, and doctoral programs; provide research opportunities for student at all levels; supervise students in their pre-practicum and practicum settings (internships/student teaching); mentor undergraduate and graduate students; assist with curriculum development and assessment for professional associations' accreditation; obtain grant funding to support students at all levels; and contribute to the university's urban mission, to university/departmental committees, and to professional associations.

    Candidates must have a terminal degree in Early Childhood Education, Applied Child Development, Curriculum and Instruction, or closely related field (such as human development, psychology, family studies, education policy, etc.); in-field work experience, preferably in settings that embrace multicultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic diversity; experience teaching at the college level, both traditional and nontraditional student populations; and evidence of scholarly productivity. Candidates should provide evidence of ability to seek and obtain extramural research funding.

    The department values educating leaders, community engagement, academic excellence, and social justice. Faculty are committed urban practitioners who seek to facilitate educational opportunities that promote professional excellence, highlight culture and worldview as shaping everyday meanings, and underscore the importance of 21st century skills. Visit for more information.

    Application instructions:

    To apply, please submit online a CV and a letter of interest that addresses your qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, your agenda for research, teaching, and service, and contact information for three confidential letters of recommendation online.

    Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to search committee co-chairs [email protected] and [email protected]

    The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

    UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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    Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

    The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

    The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

    UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

    UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

    More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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