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Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Biliteracy, Department of Learning and Teaching

Apply now Posting #: 4797
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Position Title & Department:

 Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Biliteracy, Department of Learning and Teaching
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Department Description:

The Department of Learning and Teaching's strong commitment to diversity is reflected in our full-time faculty, the PhD and Master’s program enrollment. Currently, 69% of our full-time faculty are faculty of color; 78% of students in the PhD program are students of color, 69% are women, and many are the first in their families to pursue higher education; and over 40% of students in the Master’s program are students of color. The Department includes a fully online PhD program in Education for Social Justice, both credential and master's degree programs in elementary education, secondary education, special education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a fully online Master's of education program for experienced K-12 teachers. Upcoming initiatives include a TK-3 and a Bachelor’s in Professional Studies credential. More information on our programs can be found at www.sandiego.edu/teach

The Department of Learning and Teaching and USD have a strong commitment to diversity and to global education. Faculty candidates should be committed to working with diverse students and populations as well as an interest in fostering community engagement at the local, national, and global levels. The department has developed strong collaborative relationships with local schools and districts to provide an array of practicum, student teaching, and action research sites. In addition, all graduate students are required to participate in at least one global education experience prior to graduation.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Learning and Teaching at the University of San Diego seeks qualified applicants for a 9-month, full-time, tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor to provide strategic and programmatic leadership to diversify our teacher workforce.  The candidate will work in collaboration with department faculty, local community colleges and school districts to support upcoming initiatives and pathways in our credential and degree programs. We seek a dynamic and engaged teacher educator and scholar with demonstrated commitment to high-quality student-centered pedagogy and critical scholarship.

Responsibilities: Demands of the position require a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, advising; close partnerships with local school districts; and well-developed teamwork and communication skills. In screening applicants, we will be looking for evidence of demonstrated commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and social justice issues in pre K-12 education; active engagement in scholarship, as reflected in professional presentations, publications and/or research grants. (Support for research activities and travel is available for faculty members.) Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to collaborating with faculty and field experience supervisors around program development, admissions, accreditation, and general departmental and university service.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Education by July 1, 2023.
  • Demonstrated scholarly activities within an active research agenda.
  • Strong knowledge of current research, policy, and best practices in at least one of the following areas: Social/Cultural Foundations of Education, Early Childhood, Psychology, Bilingual Education, Multimodal Literacy/Reading or Action Research.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion of all learners.
  • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in K-12 settings.
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Teaching experiences in higher education and online teaching, including master’s and doctoral levels.
  • Expertise in more than one of the identified areas of specialization listed above.
  • Demonstrated experience in building relationships and collaborating with school districts.
  • Experience with residency and similar credentialing pathways to diversify the teacher workforce.
Posting Salary:

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$8,167 - $9,055/month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload the following materials to your application profile for the hiring manager's review. 
Complete application will include (1) letter of application which clearly identifies your area(s) of specialization, philosophy of teaching, research agenda and service to your profession and community, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) official transcript of highest degree earned, (4) up to two samples of scholarship, and (5) three letters of reference.
Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. C. Bobbi Hansen, Search Committee Chair, (chansen@sandiego.edu).
If you have any technical questions or difficulties, please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu 
Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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