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Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education Tenure-Track

Western Washington University
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Woodring College of Education invites individuals with cross-cultural experience and commitment to social justice and educational equity to apply for appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education Program (ECE) in the Elementary Education Department. This is a search for an ECE tenure track faculty for a nine-month position to begin fall 2022. Committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community of learners, Woodring College of Education seeks applicants with experience working in culturally diverse communities and schools and who have the ability to contribute to the creation of a more just and inclusive society. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups who have been, and still are underrepresented in university faculty positions.


About Western Washington University:

Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service in a university that is nationally ranked as one of the top among regional universities in the nation.  With approximately 15,000 students, WWU’s main campus is located in Bellingham, close to both the Cascade range and the Pacific coast; it is midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Chronicle of Higher Education rated Western Washington University as one of the best places to work. The tenure track ECE faculty position will be located on the main WWU campus in Bellingham, WA. This is an exciting opportunity to work across campuses with a diverse group of faculty an ECE undergraduate program to meet Washington State communities’ needs in places including Whatcom, Skagit and Kitsap counties. Hybrid and online courses are also offered to include opportunities for students to complete an ECE Bachelor’s degree on the Peninsulas in Bremerton and Poulsbo, Washington, located on the ancestral territories of the Suquamish Tribe.


About our Partner College: Olympic College:
Olympic College is a public two-year community college accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities that educates more than 13,000 students a year. Named a 2014 top-ten finalist for the Aspen Prize; the nation's preeminent recognition of high performing community colleges. The College was in the running for top ten recognition again, in 2016-17. Olympic College is located on the scenic Kitsap Peninsula across the Puget Sound from the city of Seattle. Kitsap is surrounded by 236 miles of salt water shoreline and centrally located between the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, affording spectacular views of mountains and water from every vantage point. Olympic College is located in Bremerton, Washington – which is located on the ancestral territories of multiple sovereign tribal nations, located near a large U.S. Navy base, and 17 miles west, or a short ferry ride away from Seattle, the economic and cultural center of Washington state. Continuing west you will find the Olympic Peninsula, home to the natural wonder that is Olympic National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the nation.


About the Position

The successful candidates will teach, mentor and advise students in core courses in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program for undergraduate students preparing to be ECE teachers or related professionals. Candidates will have both theoretical and practical experience in typical and atypical development of young children in the context of their families, cultures and communities. Candidates will have demonstrated experience, applied scholarship, research and course responsibilities with consideration given to scholars with experience in the following required ECE areas:

  • Infants and toddlers (prenatal to age three) and their families with emphasis on inclusive, reflective, culturally sustaining and relationship-based contexts and
  • Early childhood inquiry-based pedagogy, play and holistic social-emotional development and learning for young children (prenatal to age 8).

All candidates will be knowledgeable and demonstrate understanding of the needs and multiple, interacting influences on children’s development and learning in relation to curriculum, assessment techniques, and instructional approaches for young children. The candidates will have a working knowledge of the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Education (2020), and INTASC and related professional teaching, program and content area standards. Each of the successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education in the field of early childhood studies in preferred areas such as Indigenous education and decolonizing theories and methodologies, multilingual education, early childhood prenatal to age three pedagogy (may include Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention) and diverse communities and contexts.



  • Teach undergraduate courses, develop and maintain student field placements in early childhood education, with a focus on undergraduate foundations in the following broad areas:
    • Infants and toddlers (prenatal to age three) and their families with emphasis on inclusive, reflective, culturally sustaining and relationship-based contexts and
    • Early childhood inquiry based pedagogy, play and holistic social-emotional development and learning for young children.
  • Maintain an active and visible program of applied scholarship and research in one of the areas of ECE identified under ‘responsibilities’ in this position announcement,
  • Participate and collaborate with colleagues in service within the program, department, college, university, community and in professional organizations,
  • Advise and recruit undergraduate ECE students in partnership with other ECE faculty across campuses and local program partners and sovereign tribal nations,
  • Supervise students in community-based, sovereign tribal nation, and/or school-based practica settings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate at time of application or ABD at time of application in Early Childhood Education or related field. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th, 2023
  • Demonstrated potential or requisite scholarly record to warrant appointment at the tenure-track assistant professor rank.
  • Expertise, coursework, demonstrated record of skills and knowledge of culturally and developmentally relevant practices appropriate for prenatal to age three settings, with emphasis in the areas identified in this position announcement.
  • Demonstrated experience and abilities working in prenatal to grade three and higher education settings with diverse students, staff, and constituents, particularly those from historically marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and promoting a working and learning environment that centers accessibility, diversity, equity, inclusion, and tribal sovereignty.
  • Record of ability or capacity to foster community relationships and engage in learning collaboratively, for example, with students, families, community partners, sovereign tribal nations, staff, and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching, experience, and scholarship emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention.
  • Teaching and scholarship emphasis in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous education and decolonizing theories, land-based education, partnerships with diverse communities and contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful teaching in higher education settings which include face to face, hybrid and online educational options.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in two or more languages.
  • A demonstrated record of scholarly research, including grant-funded research, in the area of Early Childhood Education or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing Indigenous, decolonizing, critical race, Black feminist, or other theoretical frameworks and research methodologies that advance just and sustainable futures.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and partnership skills in developing responsive, inclusive programs with underrepresented and low income families/schools/communities.
  • Leadership and demonstrated impact in innovative school/community/tribal nation and university partnerships.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications


Bargaining Unit: United Faculty of Western Washington


Application Instructions:

Application materials should include evidence or thoughtful reflection on how your commitment to accessibility, diversity, equity, inclusion, and tribal sovereignty has impacted your work or will impact the responsibilities of the position.  A complete application must include the following:

  • Cover letter addressing position qualifications, including academic preparation, experience, and agenda for research, teaching, and service.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Scanned unofficial transcript showing highest degree
  • Names and contact information of 3 individuals who can provide written references (Please do not send letters of recommendation at this time; letters will be requested for all semi-finalists)
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Evidence of other required qualifications.
  • Two scholarly writing samples


Closing Date: Applications received by February 1, 2022 are assured full consideration; however, the position is open until filled.


Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);


Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.


WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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