Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Kentucky, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 01, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time



The Department of Special Education, Early Childhood, and Prevention Science (SECP) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) at the Assistant Professor level. Tenure-line faculty members are expected to engage in research, teaching, and service activities consistent with the requirements of a research university. We seek applicants who show evidence of success in, or strong potential for: teaching effectively at the university level, maintaining an active research agenda, competing for extramural funding from state and federal sources, mentoring graduate students, and collaborating with others in and outside of our Department and College.

The ideal candidate will also have knowledge and skills in one or more of the following: curriculum and methods for young children, assessment of young children, working with families of young children, supervision of teacher candidates, and quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

Department, College, and University

The Department of Special Education, Early Childhood, and Prevention Science currently includes 8 tenure-line faculty members, 6 clinical faculty members, and a number of grant funded personnel. Faculty members are committed to engagement in public school settings and regularly visit classrooms for research, training, and student supervision. The department currently has approximately $2 million in annual external funding that involves collaborative projects across faculty. The department houses the Early Childhood Research Center (ECRC; focused on researching methods to increase understanding about children's development and learning within diverse sociocultural contexts; the Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC; focused on improving the quality of life for Kentuckians affected by autism spectrum disorder; and the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools ( The department is affiliated with the Early Learning Campus (ELC;, an early child development center for children of UofL faculty, staff and students, and residents of the Louisville Scholar House. The facility is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and offers full day curriculum for children aged six weeks to four years. 

The College includes more than 93 FTE faculty and serves approximately 3,300 students in five departments: Special Education, Early Childhood, and Prevention Science; Elementary, Middle and Secondary Education; Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development; Health and Sport Sciences; and Counseling and Human Development. The College is committed to advancing knowledge, promoting the highest levels of learning, and developing leaders who generate and use research to inform policy and improve practice. The College is known for the Grawemeyer Award, support for grant writing and management, new faculty mentoring programs, computer resources and technology support, ongoing research projects, and strong collaborations with the local public schools, including Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), the 27th largest school district in the nation. The diversity of our region is reflected in the students served by JCPS, an urban district enrolling a racially/ethnically diverse population of over 101,000 students, including more than 12,000 students with disabilities, more than 6,000 students who are homeless, and more than 8,000 students who are English language learners. Among this population, more than 120 languages are spoken. In addition, more than 60% of the school population receives free or reduced lunch and some 15,000 children receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). There is a large early childhood population in the state of Kentucky; approximately 50,000 children with an 11% preterm birth rate. Of these children, about 54% of children come to Kindergarten meeting Kindergarten readiness standards and only about 6,500 of over 19,000 children 5-6 years old are enrolled in Kindergarten. Additionally, 898 children receive First Steps interventions. Please visit the CEHD web site at for more information about our College and its programs and collaborations.

The University of Louisville, a “Very High Research Activity” institution, is a nationally recognized metropolitan university of approximately 22,600 students in an urban area with a population of one million. The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in the city of Louisville, Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. The university has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university's 11 colleges and schools, including the CEHD. The Health Sciences Center is located in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. To learn more, visit the University of Louisville web site at

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities associated with this faculty position include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in IECE
  • Advising students at undergraduate or master's levels, and mentoring students at the doctoral level
  • Maintaining an active research agenda that includes professional publications and the pursuit of external funding
  • Contributing to department, college, and university governance

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Doctorate in early childhood education or early childhood special education with specialization in working with young children and their families
  • Ability to teach courses in the IECE programs (as examples only: Curriculum & Methods for IECE; ECSE Assessment; Early Family Intervention), as well as other core courses in our education programs
  • Evidence or promise of a scholarly research agenda with an emphasis on young children, including evidence or promise of successful grant writing and/or other avenues to external funding
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in working in partnership with university centers; education and community settings including Head Start, public prekindergarten, and private preschool programs; government agencies; community groups; businesses; and other key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with colleagues
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and working with students from multicultural communities and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate knowledge or skills in one or more of the following:

  • Experience working with young children with autism and low incidence disabilities and their families
  • Experience with supervision of interns or student teachers in classroom settings
  • Experience collaborating with local early child development centers
  • Current or previous external funding
  • Expertise in research methodology conducive to advancing the field of early childhood education

Salary: Salary will be determined based upon the qualifications of the applicant.

Beginning Date: August, 2021

Appointment: Ten-month with the possibility of optional summer teaching.

Application Procedures

The Search Committee is chaired by Dr. Timothy Landrum, questions regarding the position may be directed to Additional information about the department can be found at:  

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All applicants must complete an on-line application available at using Job id: 40620. You will be asked to complete a self ID form and submit electronically the following: 1) a letter of interest explaining how required and preferred qualifications are met and describing relevant experiences, 2) a current curriculum vitae, and 3) reference list that includes the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for three references. A transcript will be requested for final candidates. Please combine all materials into a single document prior to submitting your application.

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at or 502.852.6258.

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