The Department of Education in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles announces an opening for a tenure-track position in Early Childhood Development and Education. Candidates will be considered at the assistant/associated professor level. 

The successful candidate must have a program of applied developmental research on early childhood that is relevant to educational and other settings.  Although the specific area of research is open, we are particularly interested in candidates who are engaged in developmental research on one or more of the following topics: 

  • school readiness and the transition to elementary school, including children at risk for academic problems across this transition 
  • early learning environments, both in the home and in child care settings
  • social-emotional, behavioral, or cognitive development in early childhood
  • the intersection between mind, brain, behavior, and learning
  • early childhood education policy, intervention, and/or effectiveness research 

Preference will be given to candidates who are studying young children in urban settings and in ethnic minority and/or immigrant families, or families affected by disabilities.  The Department is particularly interested in candidates who are engaged in research that advances our understanding of how socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, immigrant status and disability impact early childhood development and learning. We welcome candidates from a range of methodological traditions, particularly those with a strong background in quantitative methods, and employing a range of methodologies including, but not limited to, observational, experimental, and mixed-method approaches.   

The candidate will teach courses on topics related to applied child development and advice Masters and doctoral level students. He or she will also be expected to teach in one of our professional programs (e.g., the Teacher Education Program) or the undergraduate education minor at UCLA. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 

QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate in Developmental Psychology, Human Development, Education, or a related field; record of research and scholarly publications consistent with the appointment level; and ability to teach and advise students at the graduate level.  The successful candidate must have the promise of a strong research record beyond that achieved to date, a willingness to generate extramural funding for research, and demonstrated or likely commitment to diversity-related teaching/research/service. 

TO APPLY: Apply on-line at  

With a cover letter describing your research and teaching interests, along with curriculum vitae and sample publications, and have at least three letters of reference.

Hardcopy publications can be sent to:

Suellen Coleman

Attn: Early Childhood Development and Education #0070-1314-01

UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

2320 Moore Hall, Box 951521

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521 

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Professor Rashmita Mistry at  

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

STARTING DATE: Appointment to begin July 1, 2014, with teaching duties beginning September, 2014. 

DEADLINE: All applications postmarked by December 16, 2013, will receive full consideration. However, screening of applications will continue until position is filled.

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.