Instructor, Childhood/Early Childhood Education

State University of New York at Cortland
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Sep 16, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department

SUNY Cortland

POSITION: Full-time tenure track position in Childhood/ Early Childhood Education at the rank of Instructor.



SUNY Cortland is an engaged learning community that is committed to promoting a diversity of thought and experience. We believe that an equitable, inclusive and diverse campus and curriculum are critical to our educational mission. Tenure track faculty contribute to the College’s values of inclusive excellence through outstanding teaching, research and/or scholarship, service to the department and college, and by providing academic advisement and mentoring to/for all students. Faculty are expected to maintain a routine presence on campus to support our Campus Values of Focusing on the Students, Integrity, and Intellectual Life and serve our Campus Priorities of Academic Excellence, Transformational Education, Well-being, and the Maximization of Resources.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise and work with students to support their success, observe student teachers, work in professional development schools, maintain a productive research agenda, participate in the affairs of the department, the School of Education and College, including but not limited to committee work and curriculum development, and guide and participate in ongoing data collection and analysis to productively participate in program review and accreditation.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction or a closely related field; knowledge of childhood/elementary education curriculum, current national standards and best practices for teaching children from Birth through Grade 6; demonstrated potential for research and scholarly productivity; use of professional oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate in education, curriculum and instruction or a closely related field. Minimum three years’ successful teaching experience in early childhood and/or elementary school settings; demonstrated knowledge and experience teaching culturally, racially and/or linguistically diverse learners in urban and/or rural environments; a minimum of 3 years’ successful college teaching experience including working with students and groups from underrepresented backgrounds; prior experience teaching pedagogical methods courses for preservice teachers; experience working collaboratively across diverse settings including in professional development schools or partnerships with P-6 schools.


THE DEPARTMENT: The Early Childhood/Childhood Education Department offers degree programs in Early Childhood and Childhood Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are committed to providing future educators with unique learning opportunities that merge coursework from our programs with early practice teaching experiences in our growing Professional Development School (PDS) and extensive field placements. Our programs prepare teachers to create child-centered, inquiry-based and developmentally appropriate learning environments and to advocate for children’s equitable educational opportunities from birth through grade six. We are committed to preparing teachers to respond to the needs of all children and families in an increasingly diverse and global society. Early Childhood and Childhood Education faculty represent a rich array of interests with core values including effective leadership, policy formulation, inquiry, equity, eco-justice and collaboration. The position provides an opportunity to join a department with an innovative approach to teacher education.


THE COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY: SUNY Cortland is a comprehensive college within the State University of New York system and is known for its superb programs in speech-language pathology, teacher education, recreation, parks and leisure studies, health, physical education, and a number of leading liberal arts programs in the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities. Our many programs are designed to support our commitment to civic responsibility, environmental responsibility, international education, professional education and social justice. More than 90 percent of SUNY Cortland’s 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students gain hands-on experience through internships, volunteerism, civic engagement and study abroad. Its three schools – education, arts and sciences and professional studies – are committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, service and international education.


The campus is located in the geographic center of New York State and is a half-hour drive from Syracuse and Ithaca and four hours from New York City and Philadelphia. Situated in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, Cortland offers an array of regional cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as affordable housing and excellent school systems.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES: For application instructions and to apply online go to: update and attach a letter of application, curriculum vita, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references. Mail unofficial graduate transcripts relevant to the position to: Dr. Susan Stratton, Chair, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, SUNY Cortland, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045-0900. Application materials will be accepted until position is full. Application review will begin October 16, 2020.


The State University of New York College at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/EEO/ADA) employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.