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Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
University of Georgia

Date Posted Oct. 10, 2022
Title Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
University University of Georgia
Athens, GA, United States
Department Department of Educational Theory and Practice
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Teacher Education
    Elementary Education
    Childhood/Youth Education

The Department of Educational Theory and Practice in the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia invites applications for two full-time (9-month) tenure-track positions in early childhood/elementary education (PreK-5th grade) at the Assistant or Associate level to begin in August 2023. We invite applicants who can make significant contributions to the department by expanding theoretical and methodological expertise and orientations and by initiating new ways of conducting teacher education and education research.


The department is characterized by critical, forward-thinking research and innovative, dynamic teaching. The department and the University of Georgia have a strong commitment to diversity, and the department commits to making equity, access, and inclusion visible in its courses, programs, policies, and practice. Candidates from underrepresented groups as well as those who have experience with and are committed to working with underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 


The University of Georgia’s Elementary Education program has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 elementary education programs by U.S. News and World Report for more than a decade. Our mission in the Elementary Education program is to prepare teacher education scholars and teacher leaders who are capable of effectively serving culturally, racially, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse children, families, and communities by advocating for equity and access to high-quality educational experiences for all. The department’s outreach and research commitments include a variety of multifaceted collaborations, including those with the local school districts and local community-based informal education projects, as well as projects that extend across the state of Georgia, the United States, and a variety of international contexts. Information about the department can be found at



- Develop and sustain a line of research that contributes broadly to the fields of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

- Teach undergraduate and graduate courses for students majoring in early childhood and elementary education and, as aligns with research and teaching experience and expertise, for the department.

- Pursue external funding for research and training.

- Participate in on-going teacher education and graduate program development.

- Provide service to the Elementary Education program, the department, the college, and the profession.

- Work across departmental and institutional boundaries and participate in sustained engagement with local public schools and communities.

- Mentor undergraduate and graduate student research and advise doctoral students.

- Conduct field supervision of students in PreK-5th grade.


Minimum Qualifications:

- Earned doctorate in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or a related field by the time of employment.

- Minimum of three years of work experience with children in grades PreK-5.


Relevant/Preferred Experience:

- At least one year of experience working with pre- and/or in-service teachers in PreK-5th grade. 

- At least one year of experience working with diverse student populations in a variety of types of educational settings.


Preferred Knowledge and/or Competencies:

- Either record of or potential for a robust research agenda and publication, commensurate with expected rank.

- Either evidence of or potential for successful grant funding, commensurate with expected rank.

- Either record of or potential for teaching at the university level, commensurate with expected rank.

- Either record of or potential for program administration and leadership, commensurate with expected rank.

- Documented research and/or scholarly engagement that relates to teacher education and to one or more of the following areas: BIPOC, Critical Disability Studies, LGBTQIA+, and Women’s and Gender Studies.



This position begins in early August 2023. 


Applicants should submit the following:

1. A letter of application, which includes a description of how your teaching, research, and/or service has or will help address disparities in education and well-being

2. A curriculum vitae

3. A scholarly writing sample

4. A list of three references with the name, institution, position, phone number, and email address

Transcripts and letters of reference will be required only from finalists.


All materials should be submitted electronically via:


For questions regarding the positions, please contact:

Search Committee Co-chairs, Dr. Kyunghwa Lee ( and Dr. Beth Tolley ( 


Applications submitted by Friday, October 21, 2022 will receive full consideration.

  • The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Kyunghwa Lee and Dr. Beth Tolley
    Department of Educational Theory and Practice
    University of Georgia
    630 Aderhold Hall, 110 Carlton Street
    Athens, GA 30602
  • 706-542-4244


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