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Associate or Full Professor of Early Childhood Education/Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Education invites applications from tenured faculty members with strong teaching and research expertise in early childhood education with an emphasis on urban communities. The applicant should demonstrate commitment to and experience in fostering justice through equity-focused research and pedagogy. The successful candidate will exhibit the ability to serve in a leadership role in a diverse, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.
The candidate will work with both the Department of Education and the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities. In working with the Department, the successful candidate will continue to develop a strong research agenda, teach undergraduate/graduate courses, collaborate with community partners, and engage in extensive grant writing. The candidate will also support the work of the Sherman Center for Early Learning through service on its advisory committee, and engagement with the Center’s diverse initiatives.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC is a high-activity research university (RU/HA) serving over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a suburban setting between Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. It is innovative, interdisciplinary, inclusive, and committed to advancing ground-breaking research. UMBC is consistently cited – most recently by U.S. News & World Report – as one of the best universities for undergraduate teaching, and as a leading innovator in higher education. For the past seven years, it has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Great Place to Work. Collaborative research is a hallmark of UMBC’s learning community. There are many opportunities to work with undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students in a variety of departments and programs including the School of Public Policy, the Department of Psychology, and the Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. program.
The Education Department
The mission of the UMBC Education Department is to advance research on teaching and learning and to develop educators who are caring, thoughtful, knowledgeable, skilled, and responsive. We expect our graduates to respect diversity, to be leaders in their schools, and advocates for democracy and social justice. The education department offers a wide range of NCATE/CAEP accredited programs that include early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, and TESOL that are nationally recognized by professional specialization associations such as NAEYC. The department is also engaged in a number of state, national and international efforts, including an expansive network of Professional Development Schools.
The Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities
The Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities (Sherman Center) is a new multidisciplinary center, established with a generous gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation. The Sherman Center will expand UMBC’s efforts to build a strong foundation for learning among young children in Baltimore City and develop effective early childhood education practices for urban schools through applied research, teacher professional development, and partnerships with schools, families, and communities. The center will also support the university’s established and new school partnerships by identifying and working with academic leaders in Baltimore City.
Information on faculty diversity initiatives is available at http://facultydiversity.umbc.edu. Resources to promote work-life balance for our faculty are available at http://hr.umbc.edu/work-life-balance/.
Applications should include a cover letter addressing qualifications, curriculum vitae, three reference letters, and two scholarly writing sample. Candidates should include in their application a statement explaining how their work demonstrates experience in, and commitment to fostering equity and justice in research, leadership, teaching, mentorship, and service.
Please submit all application materials via Interfolio at the following link: https://apply.interfolio.com/47339
Please address any inquiries about the application process to Nikki Monczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Kindel Nash (email@example.com). For best consideration please submit your application material by February 11, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
● Doctoral Degree in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Education Policy, or a related field
● Demonstrated commitment to and experience in fostering justice through equity-focused research and pedagogy
● An established research agenda with a strong record of published scholarship
● Expertise in collaborating, writing, and acquiring multidisciplinary grants
● Teaching experience with learners in Pre-K-3 schools (minimum three years)
● Teaching experience in higher education
● Demonstrated success in leadership and collaboration including mentorship
Additional qualifications that will be considered include:
● Research and teaching experience with Latinx populations
● Teaching experience with learners in PK-3 urban classrooms
● Strong record of seeking external grant funding
Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
UMBC is committed to equity, justice, and inclusive excellence and is especially proud of the diversity of its 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Education Department and the Sherman Center are especially committed to attracting a diverse group of applicants for this position. We encourage applications from people of color, veterans, women, and individuals with disabilities. Candidates that demonstrate experience in, and commitment to fostering equity and justice in research, leadership, teaching, mentorship, and service are particularly encouraged to apply.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)