The School of Education (SOE) at American University invites applications for the tenure-line faculty position of Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, commencing on August 22, 2022.

Applicants should hold a doctorate in early childhood education, child development, child and family studies, or a related discipline with at least 18 graduate (or higher) credits in early childhood.

Applicants’ experience and knowledge may include early intervention, primary prevention, inclusive teaching practices, family systems, Universal Design for Learning, culturally sustaining pedagogies, anti-racist pedagogies, critical literacy, urban education, equity-based early childhood development, social-emotional learning, and related areas. The School of Education is committed to diversity, equity, and excellence in education and actively encourages applications from members of all ethnic, racial, LGBTQIA+, disability, and/or cultural identities underrepresented in higher education. As a School and faculty, we continue to grow our knowledge and practice around anti-racist practice and pedagogy. Competitive candidates will demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to anti-racist pedagogies, diversity, inclusion, and equitable outcomes for all students and their families.

Applicants with strong potential in scholarly activity (e.g. publications in scholarly journals, funded grant proposals, evaluation work, and/or collaborative research) and who demonstrate evidence of and/or a high level of interest in the pursuit of external funding will be given strong consideration. Position responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as producing high-quality scholarship, and working in collaborative partnerships with local school professionals. The Early Childhood Education program is seeking faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, cultural diversity, and inclusion. Commitment to such issues is integral to this position. Faculty responsibilities include student advising and participation, as appropriate, service in the teacher education programs, the School of Education, and American University community. 

The School of Education’s Early Childhood Education program is committed to preparing teachers to work with children and families in the Washington, DC region and beyond. The MA in Early Childhood Education is part of the School of Education’s Teacher Education program that prepares teachers for District of Columbia’s Teaching Licensure. Information about the Early Childhood Education program requirements within Teacher Education Programs in the School of Education can be found at:

Application Instructions

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Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2022. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, list of references (including names and addresses), recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and one recent publication. Submit all application materials through Interfolio. Questions should be directed to Scott Gilbert Faculty/Academic Support Specialist at