Assistant or Associate Professor, Liberal Studies (Early Childhood Literacy Focus)

Job no: 519570
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science

Assistant or Associate Professor

Department of Liberal Studies (Early Childhood Literacy Focus)

College of Education

Position Description

The Department of Liberal Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with the appointment starting in Fall 2023.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Liberal Studies, College of Education

Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary major in the College of Education leading to a Bachelor of Arts and is a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved Elementary Subject Matter Program. The major is designed to provide a broad undergraduate liberal arts education, as well as elementary subject matter content to students interested in teaching elementary school or special education. The College is recognized for preparing teachers, administrators, counselors, and other specialists who work effectively with a variety of learners from diverse backgrounds, especially those living in poverty. We are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and have a dynamic faculty with a longstanding commitment to providing excellent preparation for urban school educators in the Los Angeles region.

Our Vision

Grounded in principles of justice, equity, and critical consciousness, we are committed to reflective, responsive, and purposeful praxis in teaching, scholarship, and leadership. Alongside the communities we serve, we prepare critical educators to co-create and enact transformative change.

Our Mission

Through self-examination, collective learning, and research, we construct brave spaces that foster the holistic development of educators. Together, we challenge and dismantle systems of power and privilege in institutions of education. We re-imagine equitable, responsive, and just learning experiences for all learners, especially those from minoritized groups within our college and in our local schools. We are committed to advancing the following:

  • a justice-focused agenda
  • the pursuit of equity
  • innovation in teaching and learning
  • rigorous and responsive research
  • collaboration with professional, local, and global communities, and student-centered partnerships
  • belief in the limitless potential of our work, each other, and those we serve

For more information: Department of Liberal Studies

The Position

The ideal candidate will be passionate about preparing the next generation of social justice educators, particularly to develop the knowledge and skills of culturally and linguistically diverse undergraduates and heritage language learners. Our program offers a range of courses that provide an introduction to the teaching profession, exploration of theoretical foundations of education, and research-based instructional practices in all subject areas. Candidates with well-rounded experience along with expertise in Early Childhood Education and Early Literacy will be given priority.


  • Teaching undergraduate courses in the Liberal Studies Department that include, but are not limited to, Early Childhood-related fields from an intersectional, anti-bias, and social/racial justice perspective across the major;
  • Engaging in appropriate scholarly research, academic conferences, and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Developing curriculum for pre-service teachers on the pathway to earn a credential in early childhood education (preschool through third grade);
  • Advising and supporting students in the Liberal Studies Department;
  • Engaging in service to the department, college, and university through administrative and/or committee work;
  • Participating in and expanding partnerships with community colleges, PK-12 schools, and departments across campus.


Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in education or closely related field of study from an accredited institution of higher education by date of appointment with a strong background in early childhood education and early literacy.
  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates or post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs with students from diverse ages, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Three or more years of successful preschool or early elementary classroom teaching in school environments with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse students, families, and communities using a variety of culturally sustaining instructional strategies.
  • Research agenda or demonstrated scholarly work in the area of specialization, with depth of knowledge in qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methodologies.
  • Commitment to justice, diversity, inclusion, and student academic and social excellence.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Depth of knowledge in early literacy development in young children, with emphasis on preschool through third grade, including multiple literacies, sociocultural literacies, phonological awareness, and/or multilingual literacy development, as well as knowledge of theories about child development and how children’s development is culturally embedded.
  • Successful experience in teaching/supporting multilingual learners and first-generation college students for a credential or certification in early childhood education
  • Experience working in Spanish/English bilingual settings, including dual language preschool/elementary schools, with a record of collaborating effectively within the context of varying beliefs, orientations, identities, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of theories about teaching for equity and social justice and ability to integrate these concepts into early childhood education courses (e.g., anti-bias education, critical consciousness, Critical Race Theory, humanizing practices, critical pedagogies, social/emotional and trauma-informed learning, etc.)

Employment Requirement – Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised December 24, 2021, as a condition of employment.

How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in November 2022. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than December 1st.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • List of 3 references with contact information*
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist) **
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

**For finalist with international transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Jen Stacy, Ph.D.

Search Committee Chair

[email protected]

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street

Carson, CA 90747

Closing Statement

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping, and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on university property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

Advertised: 27 Sep 2022 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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