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Associate or Full Professor of Early Learning Equity

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School / Campus / College: College of Education

Organization: College of Education

Title: Associate or Full Professor of Early Learning Equity

Position Details

Position Description

Situated on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish people), the College of Education at The University of Washington, Seattle, seeks an advanced Associate or Full Professor of Early Learning Equity, open to all content areas and disciplines. This is a nine-month, full-time tenured position. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as an inaugural holder of an endowed professorship. The base salary range for this position will be $10,000 - $13,734/per month for an Associate Professor and $13,735 - $18,312/per month for a Full Professor, commensurate with experience and qualifications or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a relocation incentive, a limited commitment of summer salary, and endowment salary or salary supplement.


We are seeking a visionary educator to provide leadership in the scholarship, practice and policy of Early Learning Equity within the College of Education, in Washington state, and across the field of early childhood education. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to:


●      Active research agenda focused on intersectional justice and equity in early learning, especially in relation to race, socioeconomic status, decolonization, language, disability, gender, sexuality, and other minoritized social markers.

●      Interdisciplinary approaches to early childhood research with generative frameworks for centering equity in early learning and child development with intergenerational commitments to reframing issues of equity in partnership with families, communities, and elders.

●      Experience with serving as a leader on issues of early care and education (e.g., with local communities, on campus, with programs, at the state/national level, etc.).

●      Evidence of sustained engagement in community partnerships focused on advancing early learning equity and honoring the localized expertise of the marginalized communities (e.g., partnerships with Indigenous and tribal communities, Black and intersectional communities of color).

●      Strong communication and convening skills to cultivate brave and humanizing spaces for examining issues of equity and justice in early learning policy and practice, building partnerships across disciplines and programs in service of advancing early learning equity research, policy, and practice.


Our new colleague will be expected to:


●      Serve as an intellectual leader and thought partner on all matters of early learning equity with the Dean and the College Leadership, as well as with the local communities to which the College is accountable (e.g., Tribal nations, local communities of color, school districts, state).

●      Identify, build, and deepen synergies among the early learning equity scholarship and practice that exist in the College.

●      Advise graduate students in early learning, teach courses on early learning equity for graduate students, contribute substantially to shaping the growing graduate program in early childhood policy, and teach courses in the undergraduate early childhood and family studies and early care and education programs.

●      Contribute to the development of innovative strategies, policies, and practices that address systemic inequities in early care and education and promote positive outcomes for all children, regardless of their background or circumstances. 




All candidates must have an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent in a relevant field or discipline by the date of appointment, such as, but not limited to, early childhood education, early childhood special education, developmental psychology, family systems, early childhood teacher education; early childhood teaching, learning and curriculum; history of early learning, social foundations of early childhood education.



Applications should include: 


(1) A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, explanation of your research agenda, evidence of equity-focused partnerships with communities, and evidence of leadership in early childhood education; (2) A one-page diversity statement describing your experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and in relation to your positionality; (3) A detailed teaching portfolio with examples of equity focused course development, student engagement and outcomes  (4) Curriculum Vitae; (5) At least two examples of scholarly writing related to early learning equity; (6) Names and contact information for three references—but please do not send letters at this time as the committee will request letters for all semi-finalists; (7) an email address for further communications.


Send queries about the position to Search Chair, Dr. Gail Joseph (


Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio at The committee will begin reviewing applications on August 31, 2023.  Zoom interviews are expected to happen mid September, and on campus visits for finalists will happen in early October. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment projected to commence on or about September 16, 2024.


Search committee members include Dr. Gail E. Joseph (Search Chair;, Dr. Soojin Oh Park (, Dr. Jodi B. Newman (, Dr. David Knight (,  Graduate Student Representative Asiya-Bontu Mohammed (, and community member Sonja Griffin (


To learn more about the University of Washington ( and the College of Education (, our mission and goals, research and outreach activities, faculty, and academic programs, please visit us on the web.


The UW College of Education, the nation’s 4th ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to making excellent education a daily reality for all and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and preventing opportunity gaps. Members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—community-based childcare, state-based preschools, Head Start and Early Head Start, home visiting programs, schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our college’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse communities to address pressing early care and educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society. The College of Education has long been committed to early learning and recognizes its vital importance in shaping a child's development and future success. Our commitment to early learning is reflected in its research, academic programs, community engagement, and advocacy efforts. The College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies, an online bachelor’s completion degree in Early Care and Education, a Master's  and Ph.D. degree in Early Childhood Special Education, an Early Childhood Policy specialization in the Master’s in Educational Policy, as well as a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development. These programs provide students with a strong foundation in early learning theories, educational justice, research, policy and practical, anti-bias skills necessary for supporting young children's development. The College of Education actively engages with the local early learning community and partners with early learning organizations and schools through initiatives like the Rainier Valley Early Learning Campus (RVELC).  The College of Education is home to both the Haring Center which provides high-quality, inclusive early childhood education to children in Seattle, and Cultivate Learning, a community-engaged research and professional learning center focused on early learning equity through long-standing partnerships with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Office of Head Start. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.



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