Associate Professor Position in Early Childhood Education

  • University of Houston, College of Education
  • 3657 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, TX, USA
  • Oct 26, 2021
Full time Education: (i.e. Schools/Colleges of Education)

Job Description


University of Houston - College of Education

As part of an ambitious Carnegie-designated Tier One research institution, the University of Houston College of Education works to improve health and educational outcomes for all children and families through inspired teaching, innovative scholarship, and strong partnerships. Housed in the nation’s most diverse and fourthlargest city, the College is committed to our mission to end the inequities that afflict traditionally underserved populations in Houston and beyond.

At the University of Houston, we not only dare to dream big dreams, but we collaborate to achieve them. Building on a trajectory of accelerated research activity, the University is pursuing a bold initiative to increase research and scholarly output by 50 percent in five years. New faculty will join a University with a growing number of nationally-funded research centers and an aggressive agenda to leverage science to make a transformative impact locally, nationally, and across the globe.

The Houston metropolitan area offers scholars rich urban and suburban environments in which to work and live – as well as opportunities for international research and study. Our College prides itself on the multiple forms of diversity embraced and valued as strengths by our students, staff, faculty, and community. UH serves more than 47,000 students and is one of the most ethnically diverse public research universities in the United States.

In the College of Education, our faculty and staff are united around five key beliefs: Our responsibility is to improve lives; achieving equity requires inspiring collective action; greater understanding depends on rigorous scientific inquiry; diverse perspectives and talents fuel excellence; and transformation requires challenging and valuing ourselves and others. These tenets drive us as we prepare future teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, health specialists, researchers and other leaders in their fields.

In support of our pursuits, the College is searching for an associate professor faculty position in Early Childhood Education. We seek experienced and ambitious colleagues whose research and teaching are strategically aligned with our ongoing work to address educational disparities. We also desire a colleague who adds diversity and strength to our current faculty’s strengths and areas of research.

Associate Professor Position in Early Childhood Education. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CUIN) at the University of Houston (UH) seeks scholars for a faculty appointment at the academic rank of Associate Professor to serve our teacher preparation, master’s, and doctoral programs.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in multiple areas of specialization, including Early Childhood Education. Our programs have a special focus on student success, social justice, diversity, and community engagement. We welcome candidates whose experience in research, teaching, and service demonstrate our commitment to diversity, excellence, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Appointment: This is a nine-month appointment. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2022. Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and will include benefits. Please contact Dr. Alberto Rodriguez (, Search Committee Chair, should you have any follow-up questions.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in early childhood education or related field, as well as
demonstrate an active record of scholarship and external funding commensurate with experience. Experience teaching early childhood at the K-12 level is also expected. The applicant must provide evidence of knowledge regarding current research-based trends and cultural contexts in U.S. schools through research work and course instruction. Candidates with an interest in early childhood education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: Primary research responsibilities include an active research program in early childhood education, seeking and acquiring external funding, publishing scholarly work in high-impact venues, and disseminating work to national and international audiences. Primary teaching responsibilities will include expert teaching through face-to-face, online, or hybrid delivery of courses in the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. A successful candidate will also participate in course and program development, supervision of graduate student research and teaching assistants, community outreach activities, and service to the Department, College, University, and profession.

Application Details

To apply, the following materials should be uploaded online at

  1. A cover letter describing your (a) qualifications and interest in the position, (b) evidence of scholarly impact, and (c) history of external peer-reviewed funding
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Statement
  5. Contact information of at least 3 references

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action: The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


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