Averyle Westphal Ehrle Professorship of Early Childhood Education

Posted: 11/03/2023

The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks applicants for the endowed professorship in Early Childhood Education for a 9-month tenure-track position starting August 2024. This new endowed professorship will be instrumental in supporting growth in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the department. The program currently prepares undergraduate majors in unified early childhood education in partnership with the Special Education department and minors supporting elementary education, and is engaged in revisioning their Master’s Program for relaunch in the future. The program offers coursework for traditional and non-traditional students using both face-to-face and remote formats. This position works from the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 9,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been consistently recognized as one of the "Best Midwest Universities" by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit
The successful candidate must hold a doctorate in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education or related field.
Required qualifications include experience working with children from birth-age 8, experience working in teams to innovate programs and to extend greater accessibility to students, maximizing high leverage practices in preparing early childhood educators, engaging and developing experiential programs, and experience in working with caregivers and families in support of young child development.
Preference will be given to candidates with at least three years experience teaching birth - age 8 with at least three years teaching infants, toddlers, or preschools in inclusive or natural environments, experience using evidence-based practices to support child development with culturally and linguistically diverse families and holds a strong knowledge base of current best practices in a unified birth to grade 3 program that blends early childhood and early childhood special education, experience teaching STEM curriculum design and project approach with young children, experience developing post-baccalaureate pathways and graduate certificates and degrees in the field and work with non-traditional adult learners, those having an active research agenda in early childhood education and demonstrated capacity in grant writing and publication, and successful experience teaching in an educator preparation program using both face-to-face and online (synchronous and asynchronous) formats.
Applications received by November 22nd, 2023 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Deanne Ubben at 319-273-2873 or Pre-employment background checks required.
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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