Job ID: 169029

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Educ

University of Kansas

  • Oct. 7, 2021
  • Assistant Professor of Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Educ
  • Special Education
  • University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Childhood/Youth Education
    Education - General

Position Overview

The University of Kansas, Department of Special Education is recruiting applicants for a full-time, tenure track, academic year (9-month) position in our nationally ranked Special Education program with an emphasis in early intervention, early childhood special education and/or early childhood (i.e. Early Childhood Unified), beginning August 18, 2022. The position is at the assistant rank We are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship focuses on culturally responsive approaches that are conscious of diverse and equity perspectives to support early childhood development, early intervention, family-centered practices, blended early education/early childhood special education educator preparation, evidence-based and effective instructional and/or assessment practices, and inclusive early childhood education for each and every young child (birth through eight years of age) and their families. We encourage applications from scholars who are innovative, future-oriented thinkers focused on ensuring inclusion for all children and their families. The successful candidate will contribute to a rich tradition of conducting influential research; securing external funding; teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses; mentoring and advising students; and providing university, state, and professional service. Successful candidates must have a strong interest in and commitment to both research and educator preparation.

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with a student body of over 27,000 students representing every state and more than 100 foreign countries on five campuses, 2,600 faculty members, and service centers throughout the state. The main campus is in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 94,000 that is just 40 miles west of Greater Kansas City and 20 miles from the state capital. The community is known for its support of the arts and education and regularly appears in various "best town" listings.

KU, a member of the Association of American Universities, consistently earns excellent ratings for its academic programs from U.S. News & World Report. It has also committed itself to expanding its innovative research and commercialization programs. The special education program consistently ranks number one among public institutions.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan (see The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S, by the time of appointment.

Job Description

40% – Develop and maintain an active scholarly research agenda and participate in research and grant activities.
Create and implement scholarly work related to identifying, implementing and evaluating effective practices for infants, toddlers, and children (birth through 8 years) and their families;
Produce research leading to new insights and advances for publication in refereed journals or other scholarly outlets;
Participate in and present original research at scholarly conferences and conventions (e.g., Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children; National Association of the Education of Young Children; Teacher Education Division-CEC, Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, etc.);

Mentor master’s and doctoral students in the development of research skills and in production of scholarly products; and
Obtain external funding for research initiatives in collaboration with colleagues.
40% – Teach undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in special education, advise undergraduate students, masters, and doctoral students.

Advise, mentor, and teach undergraduate and masters students working toward a degree (B.S. or Masters) and/or Kansas Early Childhood Unified (blended EC/ECSE) educator license;
Advise students working toward doctoral degrees in Special Education with a specialization in early childhood unified;
Collaborate on the ongoing development and continuous improvement of the innovative undergraduate and graduate blended EC/ECSE educator preparation program; Serve on master’s theses, master’s projects, and doctoral committees.

20% – Contribute to professional service at all levels (e.g., department, school, university, state and national)
Collaborate with Department of Special Education, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, and School of Education and Human Sciences (SOEHS) faculty to ensure effective undergraduate and graduate-level recruitment, advising, and educator preparation;
Collaborate with Department of Special Education and SOEHS faculty, interdisciplinary university researchers and other stakeholders to ensure program quality, maintain state and national accreditation, and facilitate ongoing program and researcher agendas;

Participate in Department of Special Education, SOEHS, and University committees, faculty meetings, and retreats to ensure KU programs meet all professional standards and program quality expectations;
Collaborate with local, state, and national stakeholders to facilitate ongoing communication, advocacy, research initiatives, and educator preparation; and
Effectively work with culturally, ethnically, linguistically marginalized populations.

Required Qualifications

Earned doctorate in Special Education or related field from an accredited institution (e.g. early childhood, developmental psychology, and/or child development) with specialization in early intervention, early childhood and/or early childhood special education (birth through 8 years) by the date of hire;
Evidence of successful experiences supporting infants, toddlers or young children (birth to eight years of age) and their families;
Established record or evidence of strong potential of a line of research that leads to an a competitive record of scholarship, research, and external funding.
Established record or evidence of strong potential of successful teaching, advising, and mentoring of undergraduate and/or graduate student in research and practice;
Established record or evidence of strong potential to form collaborative partnerships with community programs, schools, relevant state departments, professional organizations, families, and/or others serving young children and their families.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of three years’ experience supporting infants, toddlers, or young children (birth to eight years of age) and their families.

Contact Information to Applicants

Committee Chairperson
Dr. Greg Cheatham

Additional Candidate Instruction

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to Screening of applications begins December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application includes an online application, with the following attached;
Curriculum vita
Letter of application that identifies professional interests generally and specific interests and background relevant to this position
Two samples of scholarly work
A list of three professional/academic references with contact information
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Only complete applications will be considered. Other documentation may be requested from candidate finalists. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. The preferred position starting date is August 18, 2022.

Application Review Begins01-Dec-2021
Anticipated Start Date


Position Number00004803
Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus



Advertised Salary Rangecompetitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and excellent benefits
Employee Class



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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