Early Childhood Education - Assistant Professor (2 Positions)
Fresno, CA 
Posted 30 days ago
Job Description

Early Childhood Education - Assistant Professor (2 Positions)

Job No: 518754
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Education Support Professionals

California State University, Fresno

Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education

Early Childhood Education
Assistant Professor
Tenure Track Fall 2023 (2 positions)

The Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, Special Education (LEBSE) at CSU Fresno seeks applicants for two tenure-track positions as Assistant Professor in early childhood education (ECE). Preference will be given to candidates with experience in early childhood contexts (birth to age eight). The successful candidate will teach post-baccalaureate teacher candidates and graduate students, serve on thesis/project committees, conduct scholarly research, and engage in service activities.

Primary teaching responsibilities include foundational courses for early childhood education and developmental theory. The typical course load in Kremen School of Education is 4/4 (3-unit courses), with possible course releases for coordinating programs and conducting research. Newly hired tenure-track faculty also receive a one-course release per semester for the first two years. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Teach Courses in the Early Childhood Education Graduate Program and Credential Programs, including PK-3 Credential Program
  • Maintain an active research agenda in early education settings focusing on children, birth to age eight
  • Take action on diversity, equity, and inclusion with local early childhood stakeholders
  • Provide support for existing and new partnerships and teacher residencies
  • Advise and mentor students' fieldwork experiences, projects, and theses.
  • Contribute to national and state accreditation through conducting data collection and analysis.
  • Serve as Early Childhood Education graduate program coordinator or PK-3 credential coordinator as needed.

Our Students:

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):
  1. Doctorate in Early Childhood Education; Child Development; Bilingual Education; Psychology, such as in the areas of Developmental, Child, Applied, Community, or Educational; Curriculum Studies; Multicultural Education; or closely related fields.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For employment the doctorate must be completed by 8/1/2023.

Required Experience:
  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  2. Experience working with infants and toddlers, but also knowledge of children (birth to age eight) in multiple contexts such as
    • family child care,
    • in home or center-based child care,
    • Early Head Start/Head Start, and/or
    • public school early childhood settings (e.g., Transitional Kindergarten-Grade 3)
  3. Evidence of engaging in and disseminating research related to early childhood education.

Preferred Experience:
  1. Three years of successful teaching experience at the Birth-Grade 3 level.
  2. Evidence of commitment to social justice/culturally sustaining pedagogy.
  3. Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate early childhood education courses in teacher education programs
  4. Experience supervising students in clinical/fieldwork early childhood education settings such as coaching practices and common early childhood assessments
  5. Knowledge of and experience implementing the principles in National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) code of Ethical Conduct and NAEYC's Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.
  6. Knowledge of and experience with applying for grants related to early learning and care
  7. Experience with or interest in forming partnerships with local early childhood community stakeholders
  8. Experience with early childhood education advocacy for children and families and at the policy level
  9. Experience applying best literacy practices in early childhood settings (0-8).

Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023. Apply online at

Application Review Date: Monday, October 31, 2022

Attach the following:
  1. Cover letter specifically addressing required and preferred qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement that addresses how your teaching will be responsive to the diverse populations of California's Central Valley;
  4. Contact information for three professional references.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit additional documentation, including three current letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts. Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts prior to in-person campus visits.

Committee Information:

Search Chair: Dr. Juliet Wahleithner
Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education
Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Members: Heather Horsley:
Steve Hart:

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by ; ranked 3rd by in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in . The campus is classified as an R2 "Doctoral Universities - High research activities" university per

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: . We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

About the College and Department:

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development's (KSOEHD) mission is recruitment and development of ethically informed leaders for classroom teaching, education administration, counseling, and higher education. Our programs are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Together, the programs aim to foster candidate dispositions of collaboration, valuing diversity, critical thinking, ethical judgments, reflection, and lifelong learning. Our mission is realized through a framework of teaching, scholarship, and services that prepare highly competent educators and human development specialists, while providing professional support and leadership to the community, promoting applied research, and providing experiences and opportunities that will enable employed professionals to remain current in their fields. Additionally, the KSOEHD hosts an Equity Scholars Program, providing funding to support research related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.

The Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education department includes a dynamic group of faculty within a variety of programs in education. The department focuses on post-baccalaureate courses including teacher credential, certification, and graduate courses. Department faculty across literacy, early childhood, special education and multilingual programs have collaborated to create unique teacher residency models with urban and rural district partners across the Central Valley region.

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Program is to empower early childhood teachers and program leaders to positively affect children's and families' lives and learning in a culturally and linguistically diverse society. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is the ONLY nationally accredited Early Childhood Education master's program in the state of California recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In line with California's expansion to offer universal preschool and transitional kindergarten, the Early Childhood Education Program meets the region's needs in multiple ways: (1) a Certificate program for elementary teachers interested in teaching Transitional Kindergarten; (2) beginning in Fall 2023, a PK-3 credential program; and (3) a Teacher Residency Program focused on preparing teachers for transitional kindergarten.

Fresno State is also home to three child development centers within its Programs for Children (PFC): The Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center (Huggins Center, a Reggio inspired center), housed in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development; the Campus Children's Infant/Toddler Center; and the Campus Children's Preschool Center, all of which provide services for children between the ages of 3 months and 12 years and learning spaces for our program's students. Annually, PFC serves approximately 200 racially and economically mixed children (46% Hispanic, 24% White, 4% Black/African American, 11% Asian, and 15% multi-racial) of Fresno State students, faculty, staff, and local community residents. PFC was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2019 and has earned Fresno County Early Stars's highest 5-star rating. Faculty within the ECE program have many opportunities to be involved in grant-funded innovative programming, including Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programing and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Preschool Programs.

Additional opportunities exist for collaboration across the Fresno State campus with other departments and programs.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at www.fresnostate.edu/police/clery/index.shtml. Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website: .

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
3+ years
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