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Continuing Track Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

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College / VP Area: College of Educ & Human Dev
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Human Development & Family Studies, Full Time





POSITION DESCRIPTION: Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware invites applications for a continuing-track Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to begin Fall 2023. We seek an energetic, highly-motivated, and experienced professional who will serve as a role model and mentor for undergraduate and graduate Early Childhood Education students.  As a continuing-track faculty member, the successful candidate will primarily engage in leadership and administrative responsibilities for the new Associate’s degree program in Early Childhood Education, teach undergraduate courses, and advise undergraduate students. Qualified candidates are eligible for promotion and should be interested in establishing a long-term career at the University of Delaware. This is a continuing, 10-month full-time appointment beginning September 1, 2023.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing the early childhood associate’s degree program in its inaugural years, teaching ECE foundational courses (such as child development, ECE curriculum, instruction, assessment courses, and disabilities courses), and advising students in the program. The applicant will be a contributing member of the department, the ECE committee, and will engage in relevant administrative and leadership duties for the ECE Associate’s degree program.

QUALIFICATIONS:  A doctorate in early childhood education, early childhood special education, or related field is required. Teaching certification in Early Childhood Education and/or Early Childhood Special Education and a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience at the early childhood level (birth through 8 years) preferred. Experience teaching in community-based settings is preferred. Teaching experience in higher education, knowledge of educator development, and teacher education program accreditation processes is desired. We are particularly interested in candidates who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We also seek a colleague who is committed to mentoring and supporting early childhood professionals who are currently in the workforce in community-based settings. Ability to work with diverse populations and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. The successful candidate will need to complete all necessary background checks (


University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), defined by its commitment to serve children, youth and families across educational, community and family settings, comprises two academic units, the School of Education (SOE) and the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS), as well as several centers for education, research and service. In all areas of teaching, research and service, diversity, equity and inclusion serve as core values and guiding principles in CEHD’s mission to prepare students to educate, serve and lead in diverse schools and communities.

With undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher preparation, educational leadership, education, human services, human relations administration and more, CEHD offers academic programs that integrate classwork with enriching field experiences and research apprenticeships to prepare students to address the most pressing educational and human development challenges of our time. Committed to the development of nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 100 full-time and jointly appointed faculty members guide students to become educators, researchers, advocates and leaders in their fields, locally in Delaware and around the globe. CEHD remains especially committed to serving first-generation college students and those from underrepresented backgrounds. 

In partnership with local, regional and national organizations, CEHD identifies critical, real-world problems in educational, community and family settings, especially within historically disadvantaged communities, and provides evidence-based solutions through ground-breaking and timely research that advances theory while informing practice. CEHD faculty contribute research to many areas within education and human development, including early childhood, education and social policy, education leadership and administration, equity and diversity, disability and inclusion, family policy and services, the learning sciences, literacy and language, social determinants of health, social emotional development, STEM education, and teacher preparation and professional development. 

Numerous foundations and federal agencies support CEHD research, including the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among others. Since 2019, faculty have garnered $26 million on average in external funding, and the college ranks among the top nationally in obtaining federal support for education and human development research. CEHD faculty are recognized for their contributions to national conversations about critical educational as well as human development and family issues, lead organizations working to address those issues, and provide a range of support to the agencies at the front lines of improving educational and social opportunities and outcomes.

Through 10 centers for research, education and public service, CEHD faculty, staff and students develop and maintain partnerships with schools, districts, social agencies and other community organizations to deliver services crucial to the education and human development of children, youth and families. CEHD centers support schools and districts in accessing and using research, deliver professional development for educators and leaders, support community members with special education needs and disabilities and provide instruction for children on a thriving children’s campus. 


Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity) along with a Carnegie Community Engagement Certification. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.

The University of Delaware has been recognized for the past five years by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best university employers. Learn more at

The University of Delaware strongly believes that our future success is firmly predicated on our steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for our School's educational mission to prepare future scholars, educators, and leaders to educate and lead in increasingly diverse schools and communities. The University of Delaware is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, people who identify with minoritized groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

CONTINUING TRACK AT UD: Continuing track (CT) faculty at the University of Delaware enjoy many privileges (e.g., funding for travel and instructional improvements) and contribute to the scholarship of practice. Our CT faculty regularly present their work at both research and practice-focused conferences and secure internal and external funding to improve instruction and contribute to program development. CT faculty have a vibrant caucus and are often collaborate with campus-based centers such as the Center for Teaching and Learning, Partnership for Public Education, Delaware Center for Teacher Education, and the Center for the Study of Diversity. Additionally, CT faculty have been routinely recognized with teaching and advising awards at both the college and university-level.

APPLICATIONS. Review of applications begins November 15, 2023, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should include: (1) a 2-3 page cover letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, description of the candidate’s teaching experiences, evidence of effective teaching and mentoring (recent evaluations if applicable), research or teaching interests and accomplishments, leadership and relevant work experience, and commitment to promoting equity and inclusion; (2) a brief (no more than 1 page) diversity/equity/inclusion statement discussing how the candidate’s scholarship, teaching and/or service addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion; (3) curriculum vitae; and (4) names of 3 references. Please do not send recommendation letters at this time; we will request letters from semi-finalists. For inquiries, please contact: Dr. Rena Hallam,

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