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Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Woodring College of Education

Position Title

 Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

About the University

Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service in a university that is nationally ranked as one of the top among regional universities in the nation. With over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, WWU is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

Woodring College of Education invites individuals with cross-cultural experience and commitment to social justice and educational equity to apply for appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education Program (ECE) in the Elementary Education Department.  This is a nine-month tenure-track faculty position to begin fall 2019, with opportunity for summer employment. Committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community of learners, Woodring College of Education seeks applicants with experience working in culturally diverse communities and schools and who have the ability to contribute to the creation of a more just and inclusive society. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups who have been, and still are underrepresented in university faculty positions.

About the Position

This is an exciting opportunity to join a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Nationally Recognized ECE undergraduate program. Information about the WWU ECE and Elementary Education programs can be found at: and


The successful candidate will teach, mentor and advise students in the Early Childhood undergraduate education major for students preparing to be preschool to third grade certified teachers. Candidates will have both theoretical and practical experience in typical and atypical development of young children in the context of their families, cultures and communities.


Demonstrated experience, applied scholarship, research and course responsibilities will be in early childhood inquiry based pedagogy for birth to age five children, early environments, play and creativity. Candidates will have an emphasis on inclusive, reflective, culturally sustaining and relationship-based contexts with consideration given to scholars with experience in Indigenous education.


All candidates will be knowledgeable and demonstrate understanding of the needs and multiple, interacting influences on children’s development and learning in relation to curriculum, assessment techniques, and instructional approaches for young children. Each of the successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education in the field of early childhood studies in areas such as Indigenous education and decolonizing theories, early childhood pedagogy, and diverse communities and contexts.


  • Teach and develop undergraduate ECE courses related to prenatal to age five children and families with emphasis on inquiry based curriculum, early environments, play and creativity.
  • Develop, maintain and supervise ECE candidate field placements emphasizing inclusive, reflective, culturally sustaining and relationship-based contexts in community-based, sovereign tribal nation, and/or school-based practica and internship settings.
  • Maintain an active and visible program of applied scholarship and research in one of the areas identified in this "Responsibilities" section.
  • Participate and collaborate with colleagues in service within the program, department, college, university, community and in professional organizations.
  • Advise and recruit undergraduate ECE students in partnership with other ECE faculty and local program partners and sovereign tribal nations.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate or ABD by the time of appointment in Early Childhood Education. ABD candidates must have doctorate awarded by June 15, 2020.
  • Scholarly record or demonstrated scholarly potential sufficient to warrant appointment at the tenure-track assistant professor rank.
  • Expertise, coursework, demonstrated record of skills and knowledge of culturally and developmentally relevant practices appropriate for prenatal to grade three settings, with emphasis in an area identified in the "Responsibilities" section above.
  • Demonstrated experience and abilities working in prenatal to grade three and higher education settings with diverse students, staff, and constituents, particularly those from historically marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs and multiple, interacting influences on children’s development and learning in relation to curriculum, assessment techniques, and instructional approaches for young children.
  • Record of ability to foster community relationships and engage in learning collaboratively with students, families, community partners and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching and scholarship emphasis in one or more of the following areas: early childhood inquiry based pedagogy (which may include early science/mathematics), play and creativity, land-based education, partnerships with diverse communities and contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful teaching in higher education settings.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in two or more languages.
  • A demonstrated record of scholarly research, including grant-funded research, in the area of Early Childhood Education or closely related field.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and partnership skills in developing responsive, inclusive programs with historically underrepresented and low income families/schools/communities.
  • Leadership and demonstrated impact in innovative school/community/sovereign tribal nation and university partnerships. 


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

  • Cover letter addressing your experience related to the required and any of the preferred qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Scanned unofficial academic transcript showing highest degree
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Two scholarly writing samples

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins October 15, 2018; position is open until filled.

Start Date: September 16, 2019

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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