Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies--Early Literacy

California State University Channel Islands
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 25, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University with 629 transfer students and welcomed its first freshman class in fall 2003. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities not only in the Cal State system but also in the nation. Indeed, in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges ranking, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI 20th among "Top Public Schools". Moreover, CSUCI was ranked 20th of over 1,449 schools in CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index (2020) and the 15th "Most Transformative College" (2020) in the nation by Money Magazine.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. CSUCI is located in Ventura County and home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. We are proud to note that our campus is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 55% of our undergraduate students as Latina/o, 25% as White, 2% as African American, 5.5% as Asian-American, and 4% are multiracial. CSUCI is committed to diversifying our faculty to address the needs of our students in the 21st Century. We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving CSUCI's growing diverse student body.

CSUCI is taking steps to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. We encourage applicants who are motivated to contribute and serve as colleagues to our tenure-track body that consists of 20.73% Latinx faculty, 2.44% African American faculty, 8.54% Asian-American faculty, 0% American Indian faculty, and 62.2% White faculty.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population, welcoming people from all backgrounds, to sustain an environment in which all can thrive, create, work and learn.

University Mission:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI provides excellent faculty support services for new hires to settle in and join a collaborative and supportive community. With the proper support, the successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the school and university.

About the Program:

The School of Education (SOE) at CSUCI has two Master of Arts Programs—each with two emphases. The MA in Educational Leadership prepares students for careers in Higher Education or in P12 leadership through a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The MA in Education, with emphases in Curriculum & Instruction and Disability Studies, advances the careers of teachers and policy advocates. Other programs in the SOE include Teacher Credential Programs which serve candidates seeking elementary, secondary or special education teaching credentials with the option of earning the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish, and two undergraduate programs offering Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Early Childhood Studies.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies (ECS) prepares CSUCI students to work effectively with young children from birth through eight years of age and their families. The ECS program develops the knowledge and skills necessary to work with dual language learners and children with special abilities. The academic program offers core curricula and fieldwork in early childhood studies and pedagogy while highlighting family engagement in the context of culture, language, and society. Upon completion of the BA in Early Childhood Studies, graduates are eligible for the Child Development Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Our Mission: The School of Education at CSUCI serves students, families, and communities by effectively preparing culturally competent teachers and leaders who work collaboratively to inspire learning and promote equity in and through education.

Nuestra misión: La Escuela de Educación de CSUCI sirve a estudiantes, familias y comunidades por medio de la preparación efectiva de maestras/os y líderes culturalmente competentes que trabajan en colaboración para inspirar el aprendizaje y promover la equidad en y a través de la educación.


  • Teach courses in the Early Childhood Studies program (birth through age 8) that focus on early literacy, child development, early learning, curriculum and instruction, assessment, and student teaching supervision,
  • Evidence of active research agenda focusing on early literacy,
  • Provide service to the Early Childhood Studies Program, School of Education, University, the Early Childhood Profession and the broader community.  

Minimum Degree Requirements:

A doctoral degree from an accredited institution in Early Childhood Studies, Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a related field. ABD candidates will be considered but must have completed the Doctoral degree by August 18, 2021.

Required Qualifications:

  • ABD or completed Doctoral degree in Early Childhood Studies, Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field with an emphasis on early literacy.
  • Experience teaching in early childhood settings birth through age 8 for a minimum of three years as lead teacher.
  • An emerging record of research in early childhood education with an emphasis on early literacy.
  • Commitment to social justice issues and experience with working diverse communities and environments supporting multiple abilities.
  • Applicants should demonstrate the ability and commitment to effectively work and engage with a diverse student population and evidence of successful mentoring minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, African-American, and Native American students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of young dual language learners and/or biliteracy development.
  • Experience with integrating technology in teaching and learning.
  • Ability to build collaborative partnerships in multicultural, multilingual schools and communities.
  • Bilingual, Spanish preferred.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin 4/22/2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, an online application must be completed at

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. curriculum vitae,
  3. names and email addresses of three references,
  4. a statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, African-American, and Native American students, and
  5. a teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, African-American, and Native American students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates. 

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at




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