Associate / Full Professor in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Texas Austin Department of Curriculum and Instruction College of Education
United States


The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks applicants for the position of associate or full professor with a specialization in Early Childhood Education to begin in Fall 2020. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenured appointment.

The College of Education, ranked among the top 5 public colleges of education in the country, promotes the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, community-focus, and endeavors to bridge research and practice. We view inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of our faculty. The College of Education is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations, and show a demonstrated commitment to improving access and conditions in educational and health settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities.

Successful candidates will teach undergraduate courses in our teacher certification programs (preK-6th grade) and graduate courses in our Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction graduate programs. They will be a talented, experienced scholar who can contribute theoretically, methodologically and pedagogically to a department faculty committed to reversing systematic, institutional racism and working towards equity, cultural responsiveness and social justice in teaching and learning. We are especially interested in experienced scholars who do community-oriented work in early childhood education with communities experiencing institutional racism, migration due to climate change, economic/political oppression and globalization, homelessness and/or other kinds of injustices. We are interested in a range of theoretical lenses including but not limited to: post-humanist, critical pedagogy, critical race theories, post-structuralism, sociocultural psychology and place-based, Indigenous knowledges. We are also interested in scholars whose work may intersect across disciplines including children’s media, STEAM, Developmental Psychology, Learning Sciences, Fine Arts, Literacy, Bilingual/Multilingual Education, dis/Ability Studies, Mathematics, Gender and Sexuality, Sociology and Environment Education. Above all, we seek an innovative scholar who has experience teaching young children and working with their families and communities who will both contribute to and lead department, college, university, national and international efforts to better understand and improve the early learning experiences of young children across diverse populations.

The University of Texas System Administration is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to the recruitment and selection of highly qualified employees without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability. With this in mind, we encourage all to apply. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit the Vice Provost for Diversity’s resources for future faculty:



Required Qualifications:

  • A doctorate in Early Childhood Education or a related field
  • Demonstrated excellence and national leadership in research, teaching and service
  • Experience teaching young children (ages 0-8) and working closely with families and communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity as well as privileging the voices, knowledge and concerns of marginalized communities within the U.S. and/or internationally


Application Instructions

Only electronic applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019. Applicants should upload the following items to Interfolio:

  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has or will help to address education and health disparities.
  • A list of three references (including institution, position title and contact information)
  • An example of scholarly writing that shows future research direction.

Reference letters will be requested for candidates selected as finalists. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Jennifer Keys Adair, ECE Search Committee Chair via email:

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