The University of California, Berkeley School of Education (BSE) seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor (NT) level focusing on Early Childhood Education. This scholar should be engaged in a research program that focuses on how early development and education may reduce racial and social-class disparities in later schooling. Candidates may engage in research from a developmental or cultural psychology frame, investigating processes in school and community setting that enhance or impede healthy growth and learning.

Other candidates may research institutional and policy matters, illuminating how pre-K and allied organizations serving young children promote equity or inadvertently reinforce racial and social class inequities among children and families.

This new faculty member will teach and serve within the Berkeley School of Education, a multi-disciplinary center for fine research and quality teaching. This faculty member may teach in areas, including as examples, early childhood education, cross-cultural and racial dimensions of children’s early development, early cognitive, social-emotional, or language development in the context of early-childhood settings, educational disparities in early childhood education, and epidemiological approaches to community-level well-being and growth of children.

This new professor may join with other Berkeley colleagues across other departments and schools who are active in the early childhood development arena.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

In the Berkeley School of Education our research, teaching, and practice approaches support a vision of public education that has as its goal equity and inclusion at all levels – classroom, school, community, district, state, national, and global – and that positively impacts personal growth and social transformation. BSE values and centers diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as articulated in the following principles of community: there is an inherent relationship between excellence and diversity and seek relational equity in all our practices across the School; we support structures and policies that ensure meaningful access to and engagement in opportunities to learn. BSE employs an expansive notion of DEI that is concerned with maintaining an inclusive and representative community that includes members of historically racialized, marginalized, and yet resilient communities, including trans and LGBTQIA+ communities and individuals with dis/abilities.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent international degree. We are especially interested in applicants with education, developmental psychology, public policy, sociology or related field with strong expertise in child development and supportive institutions.

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements
3 required (contact information only)


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UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024


Open date: July 14, 2023
Next review date: Friday, Sep 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Sep 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.