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Literacy Education in Early Childhood Contexts - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science
Position Description

California State University, Fresno

Kreman School of Education and Human Development

Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education

http://www.fresnostate.edu/kremen/

Title:      Literacy Education in Early Childhood Contexts

Rank:     Assistant Professor

Status:   Tenure Track

Start:     Fall 2022 (August 2022)

The Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, Special Education (LEBSE) at CSU Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure‐track position as an Assistant Professor in literacy education with an emphasis in early childhood education (ECE).  The successful candidate will teach post-baccalaureate teacher candidates and graduate students, serve on thesis/project committees, conduct scholarly research, and engage in service activities.

Primary teaching responsibilities include foundational courses for early childhood education, literacy education, and developmental theory. The typical course load in Kremen School of Education is 4/4 (3-unit courses), with possible course releases for coordinating programs and conducting research. Newly hired tenure-track faculty also receive one course release per semester for the first two years. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Job Responsibilities

● Teach Courses in the Literacy graduate program, Early Childhood Education Graduate Program, and Credential Programs.

● Maintain an active research agenda in early literacy settings focusing on children age 0-8

● Take action on diversity, equity, and inclusion with local early childhood stakeholders

● Provide support for the existing and new partnerships and teacher residencies

● Advise and mentor students’ fieldwork experiences, projects, and theses.

● Contribute to national and state accreditation through conducting data collection and analysis.

● Serve as Early Childhood Education graduate program coordinator as needed.  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Qualifications

Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies, Literacy Education, Reading, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Education, Psychology, or closely related fields.

Candidates nearing completion of their doctorate (ABD) may be considered. However, for an appointment, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2022.

Required Experience:

Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds

Successful teaching experience in ECE settings (0-8).

Strong background in applying best literacy practices in early childhood settings (0-8).

Evidence of engaging in and disseminating early childhood/literacy research.

Preferred Experience:

A minimum of three years of successful teaching experience at the PreK-2 level.

Evidence of commitment to social justice/culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Have knowledge of and experience implementing the principles in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) code of Ethical Conduct and NAEYC’s Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.

Ability to teach graduate-level writing courses.

Application Procedures:  The review of applications will begin February 6, 2022, and will continue until the position if filled.  This position automatically closes on May 1, 2022.  Apply online at:  http://careers.fresnostate.edu

Attach the following:

  1. A cover letter, specifically addressing the specific areas of the required experience and preferred qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Contact information for three professional references
  4. Diversity Statement

Short-listed candidates will be requested to submit these items.

Unofficial transcripts
Three current letters of recommendation
Teaching Philosophy statement.

Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts prior to virtual campus visits.

Committee Information:
                        Steve Hart, Search Chair
                        Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education
                        Kreman School of Education and Human Development
                        Email: smhart@mail.fresnostate.edu

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:   www.fresnostate.edu/academics/facultyaffairs/procedures/facultyrtp/.  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land. 

About the College and Department:

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development’s mission is the recruitment and development of ethically informed leaders for classroom teaching, education administration, counseling, and higher education. This NCATE-accredited unit fosters the candidate's dispositions of collaboration, valuing diversity, critical thinking, ethical judgments, reflection, and lifelong learning. Our mission is realized through a framework of teaching, scholarship, and services that prepare highly competent educators and human development specialists, while providing professional support and leadership to the community, promoting applied research, and providing experiences and opportunities that will enable employed professionals to remain current in their fields.

The Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education department includes a dynamic group of faculty within a variety of programs in education. The department focuses on post-baccalaureate courses including teacher credential, certification, and graduate courses. Department faculty across literacy, early childhood, special education, and multilingual programs have collaborated to create unique teacher residency models with urban and rural district partners across the Central Valley region.

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Program is to empower early childhood teachers and program leaders to positively affect children’s and families’ lives and learning in a culturally and linguistically diverse society. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is the ONLY nationally accredited Early Childhood Education master's program in the state of California recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Across campus there are numerous opportunities for collaboration with other departments and programs. The Fresno State Programs for Children (PFC) includes three centers: The Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center (Huggins Center), the Campus Children's Infant/Toddler Center, and the Campus Children's Preschool Center, all of which provide services for children between the ages of 3 months and 12 years and learning spaces for our program’s students. This community-serving organization serves approximately 200 racially and economically mixed children (46% Hispanic, 24% White, 4% Black/African American, 11% Asian, and 15% multi-racial) of Fresno State students, faculty, staff, and local community residents. PFC was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2019 and has earned Fresno County Early Stars’s highest 5-star rating. These centers afford faculty many opportunities to be involved in grant-funded innovative programming, including Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programing and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Preschool Programs.

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at www.fresnostate.edu/police/clery/index.shtml.  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html.

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click http://fresnostate.edu/adminserv/smokefree/index.html

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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