Associate or Full Professor, Endowed Chair of Early Childhood Education

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 14, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Early Childhood Associate or Full Professor Endowed position

University of Minnesota Duluth

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

Required/Essential Qualifications:

  1. Doctorate in Education or a related field from a regionally accredited university, completed by the start of contract
  2. Commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering social justice, culturally responsive, and antiracist pedagogies
  3. A record of strong research contributions in Early Childhood Education commensurate with rank sought (Associate Professor or Full Professor)

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience building Early Childhood academic programs in compliance with external accreditation demands
  2. Experience working with Indigenous peoples and other ethnically and linguistically diverse populations, including strategies for supporting language development of minoritized languages and English language learners
  3. Research background in Early Childhood education for students with exceptionalities
  4. At least one year of successful teaching in grades PK-12
  5. Evidence of providing and advocating for inclusive education across the learning spectrum
  6. Demonstrated success working effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students, colleagues and communities
  7. Demonstrated excellence in teaching in higher education
  8. Experience teaching early literacy and reading/writing skills with children ages 0-8 yrs
  9. Evidence of social justice, culturally responsive, and antiracist practices in teaching, scholarship and service
  10. Experience teaching with technology
  11. Experience with and commitment to PK-12 family and community partnerships
  12. Experience supervising students in PK-12 school settings
  13. History of successful grant writing

This is a faculty position. The primary position is for an Associate or full Professor with indefinite tenure. This position carries an additional endowment to support scholarship and program development. The endowment will commence with a two-year assignment which is renewable based on accomplishments.

The College of Education and Human Service Professions and the Department of Education seek an early childhood educator of excellence, committed to anti-racist pedagogy and social justice. The faculty assignment consists of - teaching undergraduate and graduate pre-service or practicing teachers in Early Childhood Education; supervising student teachers; advising students enrolled in education programs; serving on department, university, and state-wide committees; and other activities as assigned. Scholarship that advances the field, including research and publication, is required.

The Department of Education is one of five departments in the College of Education and Human Service Professions and is the home of the Ruth Meyers Center for Indigenous Education and has an Endowed Chair in Indigenous Education. The Department offers 16 undergraduate teaching licensure programs and produces more licensed Special Education teachers than any other program in the state of Minnesota. Licensure and Minor offerings include: Unified Early Childhood Education; Integrated Elementary and Special Education; Secondary licensure options; K-12 Education (art, music, physical education); TESOL/TEFL minor; African and African-American Studies minor; Special Education minor, Early Childhood minor; Deaf Studies minor; and Master of Education degree program. The Department of Education home page can be found at

The College of Education and Human Service Professions promotes research and practice in the social and human sciences. Our collective teaching, scholarship, and service supports student development as engaged citizens, reflective learners, critical thinkers, and evidence-informed practitioners in a culturally-sensitive, socially-just learning environment. The college is committed to, and is a campus leader in the areas of diversity/anti-racist work, community outreach and sustainability. Both the college and the Department of Education have been nationally and regionally recognized for multiple programs that partner with and serve Indigenous communities.

The University of Minnesota Duluth was recently ranked one of the top 50 regional universities in the Midwest (U.S. News & World Reports). The city of Duluth, located approximately two and a half hours north of Minneapolis, is nationally ranked as one of the best and most affordable places to live and work. Perched on the shores of Lake Superior and surrounded by natural forests, Duluth offers some of the best outdoor recreational activities and boasts of thriving industries in technology, healthcare, and education. The city of Duluth is recognized as a “Climate refuge city.”

Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening 340723. Click on the job title to apply. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach your letter of application and CV. The additional document (references) must be attached by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading the document in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

Complete applications will include:

  1. Letter of Application addressing required and preferred qualifications. Please include details about your research agenda and commitment to anti-racist work.
  2. Your current curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for three professional references (references will be contacted only for finalists)

To ensure full consideration of your application please submit all materials online by June 6th, 2021. Letters of application will initially be anonymized prior to review. This position will remain open until filled. Successful candidates may be asked to supply additional materials.

The starting date of this position is August 23, 2021.

Please send any inquiries to:
Dr. Alyssa Boardman

Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted.
Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access consultant at 612-624-3316.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.  A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.