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Tenured/Tenure Track: Open Rank

Teaching, Learning, and Culture

College Station, Texas
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Texas A&M University is home to over 64,000 students and is one of the top universities in the country in enrollment of new National Merit Scholars. Texas A&M University conducts research valued at more than $892 million annually, placing it among the top 20 universities nationally and consistently ranking in the top tier of research institutions by the National Science Foundation. With a system-wide endowment valued at more than $11.1 billion, the university ranks second among U.S. public universities. Texas A&M University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is home to one of the largest chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.

True to the Morrill Land-Grant Act and mission signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 “to educate people…” the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture has evolved to become the epicenter of excellence in advancing pedagogy and educational research across multiple educational contexts in undergraduate and graduate education. We are a world-class faculty with focused research interests spanning teaching and learning, culture and curriculum studies, urban education, reading and literacy, English as a second language, science, math, engineering and technology education (STEM), and K-12 educator preparation. The department is the number one producer of math, science, English and language arts teachers in higher education institutions in Texas. We continue to lead in teacher preparation by cooperating with the Colleges of Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering to produce the next generation of highly qualified transformational teachers.

We seek a vibrant and innovative colleague to join our dynamic faculty and become a thought leader in early childhood education.  The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture has adopted and is dedicated to three primary commitments that drive all of our work:

  • advancing a department climate that is characterized by collaboration, collegiality, trust, respect, safety, celebration, and the valuing of individual differences;
  • having a central mission to create experiences that advance teaching, evidence-based research and service through the application of knowledge in the preparation and development of quality educators; placing high value on, diversity, equity, inclusion, transparency, critical thinking, creativity, democratic governance, and leadership; and
  • transforming individuals, schools, and society with a global view through our engaged scholarship, reflective teaching, and collaborative service.

We invite applications for one full-time position for a 9 month appointment in Early Childhood Education at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure on arrival for qualified candidates to begin in the 2020-2021 academic year. Responsibilities of the position include a) maintaining a vibrant funding and research agenda in early childhood education that can be complimented in a content/context area of education of national/international significance, b) teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and c) enhancing and elevating early childhood education research and practice applied to the preparation of the next generation of teacher, researchers and academic leaders. Anticipated start date is August 15, 2020.

A successful candidate is expected to conduct research, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in early childhood education, early childhood education in teacher education/culture and curriculum and mentor graduate students. The candidate is also expected to seek and secure external funding from a variety of sources to support research activities, and to contribute to the on-going activities and initiatives of the Department, College, and University.

The Department of Teaching, Learning, & Culture is committed to full inclusion of all individuals in our hiring, staffing, research, teaching, and service. We welcome applications and collaboration with all individuals, regardless of gender or gender identity, race or ethnic heritage, sexual orientation or identity, nationality, ability, religion, political philosophy, veteran status, or other unique personal characteristics.


Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in education with depth of study and research in early childhood education, or a closely related field;
  • A record of research-based publications in top tier journals;
  • A record of strong potential for extramural funding commensurate with experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching evidence-based approaches to early literacy acquisition;
  • A record of extramural funding supporting a well-defined research agenda.
  • Strong evidence of commitment to diversity and engagement in professional leadership activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Program development and leadership experience in early childhood teacher education, curriculum and instruction or;
  • Experience in teaching early childhood education principles and evidence-based practices in content-area instruction particularly for students in urban environments and/or at-risk for academic difficulties;
  • Application and integration of new technologies and evidence-based interventions in early childhood education responsive to the diverse, highly impacted and underrepresented student populations;
  • Evidence of effective post-secondary teaching experience, and;
  • Engagement in service activities within an academic department.


Application Instructions

Application materials should include the following items:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement
  • 2- 3 representative peer-reviewed publications

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Tammy Reynolds at t-reynolds@tamu.edu.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability employer committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore has a Dual Career Program and implements policies that contribute to work-life balance.