Tenure-Track Position – Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education & Language Development

Woodring College of Education invites individuals with cross-cultural experience and commitment to social justice and educational equity to apply for appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education Department. This is a nine-month tenure-track position to begin fall 2014, with opportunity for summer employment. Information about Early Childhood and Elementary programs can be found at: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Depts/ELED/EarlyChildhood.shtml  and http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Depts/ELED/

Committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community of learners, Woodring College of Education seeks leaders in their professions who have experience working in culturally diverse communities and schools and who have the ability to contribute to the creation of a more just and inclusive society. Under the leadership of its Dean, the faculty, staff, and students of Woodring College of Education are pursuing a shared vision to “foster community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, embrace diversity, and promote social justice.” We welcome applications from diverse applicants.

Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service in a university that is nationally ranked as one of the top among regional universities in the nation. With approximately 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, close to both the Cascade range and the Pacific coast; it is midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Western Washington University was rated one of the best places to work in 2011.

The successful candidate will teach core courses in the Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Program for undergraduate and graduate students preparing to be teachers. S/he will have both theoretical and practical experience in typical and atypical development of young children, with an emphasis on language development P-3. The candidate will be knowledgeable about developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction in early childhood, assessment techniques, and instructional approaches for all children, including children who are English language learners. The candidate will also have a working knowledge of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Education programs and Common Core standards related to literacy.

Beginning Date: September 16, 2014


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education, with a focus on multilingualism and multi-literacies at home and in P-3rd grade
  • Maintain an active and visible program of scholarship of Early Childhood Education and Language Development and pursue external funding.
  • Participate in service within the department, college, university, community and professional organizations.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Supervise students in community-based and/or school-based practica settings.
  • Provide leadership to collaborate and support field-based educators in primary grades in innovative school/community and university partnerships.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate by the time of appointment in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Language Acquisition or a closely related area
  • Expertise and knowledge of culturally relevant language and literacy practices and developmentally appropriate methods for P- 3 settings.
  • Demonstrated experience working in P- 3 settings with diverse students, staff, and constituents, particularly those from marginalized communities
  • Record of ability to foster community relationships and engage in learning collaboratively with students, families, community partners, staff, and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic preparation that emphasizes the intersection of language, literacy, and culture.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful teaching in higher education settings.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in two or more languages
  • Experience teaching in an additive bilingual approach.
  • A demonstrated record of scholarly research, including grant-funded research, in the area of Early Childhood Education, early language development or closely related field.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Bargaining Union:
United Faculty of Western Washington

Please submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at https://jobs.wwu.edu/. Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to fully utilize WWU’s online application system. Materials may be attached as noted on the EASE application.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter addressing the position qualifications
  • Vita
  • Evidence of excellence in using and teaching effective methods for developing the language and academic skills of P-3 students.
  • Two scholarly writing samples

Additionally, three letters of reference should be sent directly to Recruit.ELED@wwu.edu.

For further information on this position please contact Dr. Eileen Hughes by email: Eileen.hughes@wwu.edu or phone 360-650-3416.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin January 31, 2013. Position is open until filled.

Related Websites:
Woodring College of Education: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/

Visitor websites: http://www.cob.org/visiting/, http://vancouver.ca/visitors.htm, and http://www.seattle.gov/visiting/

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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