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Early Childhood Studies, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 533715
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Child/Youth Education and Development, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Early Childhood Studies (
Specialization: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education TK-3rd grade)

College of Education and Integrative Studies


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Early Childhood Studies. Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022. 57% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below.

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:

  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.


The mission of The College of Education and Integrative Studies is to prepare students to become dynamic, innovative, skilled, and socially responsible leaders in a changing local and global society. As a learning community of students, scholars, and professionals, we are dedicated to the advancement and development of knowledge, interdisciplinary and student-centered education, equity, and community engagement.

We are a learning community focused on meeting the present and future needs of students in our communities. We educate students to become highly qualified and significant leaders in our society. We are committed to the principles of diversity, ethics and social justice, and life-long learning.  Central to our mission are innovative and integrative thinking, reflective practice, collaborative action, and learning by discovery. 


Early Childhood Studies (ECS) is one of four departments in the College of Education and Integrative Studies that offers specialized, graduate and undergraduate programs in Education, Educational Leadership, Ethnic and Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary General Education, and Liberal Studies.  The ECS department benefits from a diverse community reflective of the greater Los Angeles area. Our student body is over sixty percent students of color and reflects our geographical context as one of the most linguistically, culturally, and racially diverse regions in the U.S. The ECS department recognizes historical, systemic, and present conditions that marginalize children, families, and communities, through intersecting oppressive formations across race, language, culture, class, religion, and disability. We are committed to transforming the consequences of the legal and social formation of racism and intersecting forms of oppression through antiracist and decolonial pedagogy, linguistically and culturally responsive approaches, and through advancing social justice and equity in early childhood education. In 2020/2021 the ECS department participated in an anti-racist training led by an expert in early childhood anti-racist research.

The Early Childhood Studies (ECS) Department's undergraduate degree program advocates for equity and intersectional understanding of systems of oppression that are currently in play in early learning and care (ELC). The ECS program embeds concepts of multilingualism and anti-racism throughout all their required core courses.  While at Cal Poly Pomona, Early Childhood Studies’ students learn processes important for early childhood development and identify implications of theory in the examination and application of principles and practices within diverse family, program, and community contexts. Program graduates are prepared to work in infant-toddler programs, preschools, elementary schools, careers in home visiting, family support programs, post-baccalaureate degree programs, and other professional contexts that focus on working with young children and families. For students to obtain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with children and families during the most critical developmental time in a child’s life we provide hands-on experiences through service learning, internships, practicum, and fieldwork. ECS students have the opportunity to interact with children and families in our campus childcare center as well as our family-friendly space at the CPP library that supports parenting students and their children. To support our diverse student population, courses are offered in diverse modalities including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. In Spring 2021, the ECS Department was awarded NAEYC Accreditation, becoming the first university in the State of California to earn this distinction.  

We have a highly collaborative department. We regularly update our curriculum, support our diverse students, collaborate with community partnerships, and advocate for children and families in organizations such as PEACH (Partnerships in Education, Articulation, and Collaboration in Higher Education).  Our faculty are also highly engaged in supporting families on campus and developed CPP KARES (Cal Poly Pomona Kids Activities and Resources for Educational Support) and Bronco Family Space at the CPP library. We are currently involved in a state-wide project, which aims to identify foundational competencies for early childhood professionals to have in working with multilingual children and families, and to develop a formative assessment tool through our collaboration with other stakeholders in the region.

Job Description:

The Early Childhood Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin the academic year of 2024-2025. We seek an individual with expertise in Early Childhood Studies (TK-3rd Grade), a doctorate in Early Childhood Studies, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a closely related field and commitment to anti-racism and equity in early childhood. The position responsibilities will be primarily to teach, advise students, serve as coordinator of ECE PK-3rd grade credential, engage in scholarship and publish, and provide service that includes the early childhood broader professional community.

Minimum requirements:

  1. Expertise in early childhood education, with experience in elementary education (TK-3rd grade);
  2. Earned doctorate in Early Childhood Studies, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Education or a closely related field from an accredited university by August 2024;
  3. Evidence of teaching potential or experience in higher education;
  4. Evidence of professional and scholarly work that aligns with the College’s commitment to social justice and equity and the department’s commitment to linguistically, and culturally responsive early childhood pedagogy; 
  5. Evidence of practical experience or direct or indirect work in the early childhood field (prenatal to eight years) such as professional development for the workforce, working in an early childhood classroom, teaching in an elementary classroom, administrator, home visitations, child therapy or intervention programs, policy and advocacy work or other related experience.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Active participation in Early Childhood/Child Development/Education professional associations or networks related to area of expertise;  
  • Three years of experience teaching in an early childhood classroom (TK-grade 3);
  • Demonstrated commitment to active, student-centered learning; 
  • Experience teaching at the college or university level and evidence of teaching excellence; and 
  • Evidence of commitment to social justice and active involvement with the early childhood professional community.

 Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

 Application Process:

Completed application packages uploaded by December 3, 2023, will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until it is filled. Additional information about the position is available at  Application materials must be submitted online via Pages at  General questions can be submitted to the following:  

  1. A completed Application for Academic Employment form (;
  2. Letter of interest describing the candidate’s teaching and scholarly experience and interests, addressing the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; and includes a list of courses and teaching modalities that you are qualified to teach.
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max); 
  4. A student success statement about your teaching and/or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working or engaging with a diverse student population (up to 2 pages, single-spaced). See
  5. Current curriculum vitae that includes the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five references who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position; 
  6. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (an official transcript will be required of finalists) showing the highest degree earned; and
  7. At least three letters of reference. At least one of which must specifically address teaching  

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications (electronic only) to Stephanie Cheung  
Administrative Coordinator, Early Childhood Studies via email ( or phone (909-869-3153).

Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Salary Range for 9-month Academic Year Appointment: $80,000-$82,400

Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.



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