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Assistant or Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation

Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 8, 2024

Job Details

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at Fairfield University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant/Associate Professor of Elementary Education & Program Director.

The Elementary Education Program, located within the Department of Educational Studies & Teacher Preparation, prepares grades 1-6 teachers to create and sustain exemplary learning environments and to advocate for quality education for all learners. Candidates can earn their Master’s and certification in Elementary Education through the post-baccalaureate Master’s degree pro­gram or through the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor’s-Master’s degree program.

This is an extremely pivotal time in teacher education. Fairfield’s Elementary Education program is taking an active hand to help meet the needs of the national teacher shortage crisis by offering student-centered opportunities for certification. The ideal candidate is someone who can continue to further the vision of the department and school.

Applicants for the position must hold or have earned a doctorate by September 1, 2024 in Elementary Education or a related field and be eligible for appointment as an assistant/associate professor based on prior university teaching, scholarship and service, and/or upon extraordinary qualifications in non-university-based leadership in elementary education or related field, including scholarly publications. Associate rank candidates preferred although well qualified assistant professor candidates will be considered. Areas of expertise should include one or more of the following: integrative literacy practices, math, science, or social studies education, inclusive curriculum and pedagogy, or child development. Successful 1-6 teaching experience is required. Knowledge of and experience with certification requirements, accreditation regulations and policies at the state and national level, as well as, edTPA is expected. Expertise in and a commitment to teaching in inclusive, multicultural settings will be given strong consideration.

Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate/graduate level courses in elementary curriculum and pedagogy; striving for/evidence for teaching excellence in both in-person and online modalities, working with campus partners in admissions and marketing to recruit students; developing/maintaining an ongoing research agenda which includes scholarly publication; leading the Elementary Education program and within the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor’s-Master’s degree program, advising undergraduate/graduate students; reviewing applications; working with local school districts in teacher education and related areas; and collaborating with faculty in other departments in the School of Education & Human Development and across the university.

The salary range is competitive. Appointment is effective September 1, 2024. Review of applications will begin on March 1st, and continue until the position is filled.

For full consideration, please lick “Apply Now” and submit the following materials with your online application:

1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application with included research statement

2. CV

3. Three professional references

Please note: Since 5 is the maximum number of documents that can be uploaded, please feel free to batch multiple materials into 1 document.


Academic - Faculty Tenure/Tenure Track

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

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 Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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