Job ID: 152156

Drusa B. Cable Chair in Education and Early Childhood Education

University of Oklahoma

  • Dec. 22, 2020
  • Drusa B. Cable Chair in Education and Early Childhood Education
  • Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
  • University of Oklahoma
    Norman, OK
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Administration/Supervision
    Education - General
    Organization and Leadership

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist The University of Oklahoma, Norman campus and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum in their search for the Drusa B. Cable Chair in Education and Early Childhood Education.

The University of Oklahoma seeks a collaborative and committed leader to join this nationally renowned Early Childhood Education Programs to serve as the Drusa B. Cable Chair in Education and Early Childhood Education. This position is a well-supported role within a University and state with high focus and support on the research agenda of early childhood education. The position offers excellent opportunities and highly interdisciplinary, cross campus collaborations.

The successful candidate is enthusiastic and possesses outstanding professional or academic stature. This dynamic leader will be given the opportunity to collaborate with university leadership, faculty and community partners to develop and implement a strategic program that will become an example of transdisciplinary research in early childhood education and professional teacher preparation. This is truly an opportunity to leave a legacy and lasting impact in your field.

The holder of the Drusa B. Cable Chair in Education will be a tenured, Professor or Associate Professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, located at the Norman campus. 

The University and the Opportunity
The University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive research institution serving the educational, cultural, economic and health care needs of the State, the region and the nation.  As a state, Oklahoma is known for its leadership in early childhood education due to its quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), universal PreK, and innovative funding for birth to 3 programming.  Early Childhood research continues to be an area of priority for the University of Oklahoma who has recently articulated a strategic plan with ambitious goals for research. Both the Norman and Tulsa campuses are home to vibrant and nationally renowned Early Childhood Education Programs, offering undergraduate and graduate academic programs.  Early Childhood Education faculty work collaboratively with researchers from across a variety of disciplines including medicine, psychology, public health, sociology and others to support the development of a cutting-edge early childhood research agenda.  

The Norman Campus program supports and sustains the Institute of Child Development, which serves approximately 50 children, ages 2-5, from the surrounding community. The OU Institute of Child Development was in the first group of licensed childcare facilities in the United States to be accredited by NAEYC, a status it maintains today.  The Institute of Child Development serves as the laboratory school for the department and university fulfilling teaching, research, and outreach missions.  A partnership is emerging with the Norman Public School District to develop a district wide birth to age 4 early childhood facility located on the campus. Additionally, the Tulsa Campus is home to the research group Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI). The ECEI at OU-Tulsa strives to advance and support early childhood programming and policies by generating, disseminating, and applying meaningful research.  The ECEI conducts applied research with community partners including the 3 Tulsa Educare schools and CAP-Tulsa, a large provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services.  In 2011 the ECEI was designated as an OU University Strategic Organization for its research initiative focused on infants and toddlers in group care settings.

Responsibilities of the Appointee
A key function of the Cable Chair will be spearheading transdisciplinary research of international significance focused on social, emotional, physical and/or cognitive development of young children. Additionally, the Cable Chair will also teach courses on both undergrad and graduate levels and provide service to the early childhood profession at the state and national level.

Required Qualifications * An earned doctorate in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field with an emphasis on young children. * Must qualify for rank of Associate Professor or Professor. * Professional experience working with young children and families in an early care and education setting. * Evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journal. * A record of success securing external funds. * Eligibility for tenure and graduate faculty status, which require nationally visible research, scholarship, and publications in high-quality, refereed journals. * Evidence of high-quality professional mentoring and/or university level teaching.

Preferred Qualifications * Evidence of successful collaboration across and within academic disciplines. * Ability to use multiple research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches. * Evidence of national service and leadership to the profession. * Ability and experience to work with policymakers, agencies, business and civic leaders beyond the academic realm. * Evidence or potential for leadership in Early Childhood.

About the University:
Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma just 20 mins. south of Oklahoma City. OU’s Norman undergraduate population is more than 20,000, giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. With three campuses in Oklahoma, OU also offers study abroad opportunities at several locations and OU campuses overseas.

Living in the Area:
Norman, a suburb of Oklahoma City with a population of 121,090 is one of the best places to live in Oklahoma. The area offers a rich suburban feel with many amenities including cultural, green space, restaurants, shopping and sporting events. The area offers a lower than average cost of living, unemployment and crime rate. The public schools in Norman are highly rated.

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The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to: Faustina Layne, Interim Institutional Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, 405-325-3546, , or visit

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