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Executive Director and Instructor or Assistant Professor In-Residence, Child Development Labs

Search #: 496301
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Non Tenure Track

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a non-tenure Executive Director and Instructor or Assistant Professor In-Residence of the Child Development Labs (CDL) at the Storrs campus. The responsibility of the individual hired will be to provide oversight of the CDL. This is a non-tenure-track, 11-month, end-dated position subject to annual renewal.

The HDFS Department has 32 full-time faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, staff, and over 40 graduate students, 500 undergraduate majors, and 150 undergraduate minors. The Child Development Labs, a NAEYC accredited early childhood education training facility that provides early care and education for UConn and the larger community, serving 64 children ages 6 weeks to five years, across five classrooms annually.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Hire, supervise, and support the professional development of the CDL teaching staff, including student employees.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of play-based curriculum and assessment for young children.
  • Supervise the day-to-day operation of the Center.
  • Maintain state license and NAEYC accreditation.
  • Manage budget and fiscal planning, including tuition, billing, and grants.
  • Oversee waiting list and enrollment procedures.
  • Communicate regularly with families, university, and the community at large.
  • Collaborate with the faculty in Early Childhood Specializations to ensure integration of theory and practice for undergraduate students, including the possibility of teaching an undergraduate pedagogy course.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Consideration for appointment at the rank of Instructor: Master’s degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in early childhood education or related field;
  • Consideration for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor: Terminal degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in early childhood education or related field;
  • Administrative experience in an early childhood program;
  • Experience as an early childhood classroom teacher;
  • Experience with direct supervision of professional staff;
  • Experience with budgeting and enrollment;
  • CT Director’s Credential by start date;
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to emergent play-based curriculum;
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in communicating with parents and teachers with a balance of empathy and assertiveness.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 or more years of experience managing a NAEYC accredited early childhood center-based program;
  • Current Connecticut Professional teaching certificate with the N-3 or Birth-Kindergarten endorsement;
  • 3 or more years of experience as an early childhood classroom teacher;
  • Experience with the NAEYC accreditation process;
  • Experience in a university lab school;
  • Experience working with college students;
  • College-level teaching experience;
  • Experience with School Readiness and Care4Kids requirements;
  • Meet NAEYC Pedagogical and Operational Director Qualifications.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 11-month (August 1 to June 30), non-tenure-track position at the Storrs campus with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2022. In-residence positions are one-year appointments, but may be renewed annually, and can lead to multi-year contracts.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21679 and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter that addresses your administrative experience, your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, your approach to and experience working with pre-service students, and your philosophy of approach to early childhood
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) letters of reference. References will not be contacted without notification of the candidate.

Review of applications will begin on May 16, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For more information please visit: Human Development and Family Sciences. For questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Rachel Cohen, rachel.c.cohen@uconn.edu.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Research and Teaching Scholar (Assistant Research Professor)

INTRODUCTION

The Human Development and Family Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a non-tenure-track Research and Teaching Scholar (Assistant Research Professor) with a focus on community-based, social justice informed, applied developmental research, with a focus on early childhood. This is a two-year position, renewed annually, to conduct research in early childhood and teach one related undergraduate course per year.  The position is partially funded by the sponsoring faculty member, Dr. Rachel Chazan Cohen.

The successful candidate will contribute to existing projects and develop their own research projects addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in early childhood. The candidate will join a lab with a focus on early childhood education, including Head Start and home visiting. Strong quantitative expertise, experience in applied developmental research or program evaluation in low-income communities, and experience in both large-scale datasets and small-scale original studies are preferred.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary cohort of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Teaching and Research Scholars and will be offered training and support related to teaching, career development, and resources to improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students.

The ideal candidate for this position is a recent Ph.D. graduate in Human Development, Psychology, Education, Social Work, or a related field. We especially encourage individuals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in academia to apply. The Human Development and Family Sciences Department is strongly committed to increasing diversity in the academic pipeline.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Completion of the Ph.D. in Human Development, Psychology, Education, Social Work or a related field by the start of the position
  • Ability to teach one undergraduate course related to the area of interest in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion within an academic setting
  • Strong research fit with a focus on community-based applied developmental research in low-income communities
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative methods
  • Excellent academic writing skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A record of scholarly productivity
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses in diversity issues or individual and family development
  • Experience in both large-scale datasets and small-scale original studies
  • Experience conducting program evaluations and/or research in low-income communities
  • Plan for innovative research that contributes to knowledge in Early Childhood

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position anticipated to begin on August 23, 2022. The salary for the position is $65,000.  The position is physically located on the main campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, CT.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21369 and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (no longer than 3 pages; describing (1) your educational and research background, (2) areas of interest, and (3) what you would like to accomplish in your postdoctoral training)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Writing sample
  • Contact information for 3 references

For full consideration, applicants should submit materials by April 15, 2022. Questions should be directed to Rachel Chazan Cohen, Rachel.c.cohen@uconn.edu

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

The UConn Department of Human Development and Family Sciences seeks academically and professionally qualified instructors to serve as adjunct faculty in a variety of undergraduate courses starting in August 2022. Courses are taught in Storrs, Hartford, Waterbury, Stamford, and Avery Point. Adjunct faculty typically teach one – two courses per semester and are paid by the course. Please visit https://hdfs.uconn.edu/ for more information about the department.

We are looking for instructors for one or more of the following courses, though there may be opportunities for other courses not listed here as well:

  • Individual and Family Development (1070)
  • Research Methods in HDFS (2004W)
  • Professional Communication in HDFS (4007W)
  • Parenthood and Parenting (3311)
  • Individual and Family Intervention (3340)
  • Child Welfare, Law, and Social Policy (3540)
  • Diversity Issues in Human Development and Family Sciences (2001)
  • Human Development: Infancy Through Adolescence (2100)
  • Human Development: Adulthood and Aging (2200)
  • Infant/Toddler Development (3101)
  • Early/Middle Childhood Development (3102)

Course descriptions can be found at https://catalog.uconn.edu/hdfs/.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

An earned Master’s degree in early childhood education, HDFS, psychology, gerontology, social work, sociology, or a related field with some teaching experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

An earned PhD or other terminal degree in an area relevant to the field; previous teaching experience of relevant courses.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

These are temporary positions (teaching one course) for a period of one semester, with the possibility of extension depending upon program needs and available funding. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.

TO APPLY

Please submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter indicating the following: which course(s) you seek to teach; what general subject areas you feel qualified to teach; which campus(es) you would be able to teach at; your general availability (days, time of day) for teaching. These items and any other relevant materials (e.g., sample syllabi, teaching evaluations) should be submitted to cynthia.stewart@uconn.edu. This is a pool posting. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #HR19-37)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

 

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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