Early Childhood, Advanced Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor

University of Oklahoma Published: October 23, 2017
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University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus, College of Arts and Sciences

Position:  Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor – Early Childhood

Location: Norman, OK

About the Position: As part of a multi-year, cross-discipline strategic hiring and growth initiative in Early Childhood, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks applications and informal candidate nominations for a faculty opening at the rank of Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor. The disciplinary background for this position is open, and applicants from sociology, psychology, social work, political science, anthropology, and other relevant areas will be considered. The successful candidate will play a key role in shaping and building a cross-discipline Early Childhood research initiative. Over the next several years, we anticipate multiple Early Childhood hires in varied disciplines and colleges to augment OU’s cutting-edge academic programming and research in Early Childhood; this cross-campus initiative includes Arts & Sciences, Education, Medicine, Engineering, and allied areas.

Ideal candidates will have established reputations for high-quality interdisciplinary scholarship, evidenced by (a) externally funded and published collaborative research, (b) effective graduate and undergraduate teaching and program development, and (c) inclusive service and professional outreach. The successful candidate will contribute to the University’s growing national reputation for excellence in Early Childhood and enhance university-wide research capabilities through offering expertise in neurobiological processes (e.g., cortisol and HPA axis) associated with early adversity, as well as more generally the social, community, and psychological determinants (both proximal and distal) of children’s development, health, and well-being. We also welcome expertise in innovative assessments, methodologies, and multilevel, longitudinal data analysis.

About the University of Oklahoma: Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is the flagship public research university in the state of Oklahoma (Carnegie Classification R1), with over 30,000 students and more than 2700 full-time faculty members offering nearly 500 different graduate and undergraduate degrees programs on three campuses (Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa). OU continues to break external sponsored research and private fundraising records, including more than $2.3 billion in gifts and pledges since 1994, providing funding for dramatic capital improvements, as well as an unparalleled increase in faculty endowment and student scholarships. The OU Health Sciences Center is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional schools, including more than 660 doctors practicing in nearly every adult and child specialty.

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and 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. We strongly encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, those with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and all others who are committed to excellence, inclusion, and diversity. The University of Oklahoma is also sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples. To the extent that opportunities exist, our goal is to recruit the whole family, not just the candidate.

Qualifications: To be considered for this position, candidates must have a Ph.D. and evidence of excellence in Early Childhood scholarship. Successful candidates must demonstrate strong interest in contributing to the University’s cross-campus, cross-discipline Early Childhood initiative; and a willingness to collaborate with the established research activities of the Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) located on the Tulsa Campus of OU; http://www.ou.edu/content/tulsa/early-childhood-education-institute.html. Candidates must also have an established record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and be prepared to expand course offerings in their area of specialization. An established history of successful leadership and/or collaboration on funded research involving multidisciplinary teams is a highly-preferred qualification.

The University of Oklahoma is committed to investing in the success of its faculty at all stages of their careers. The University offers unique and essential research and professional development resources characteristic of a flagship public research university. It is expected that the successful candidate will be affiliated with the Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI). By mutual agreement, the successful candidate may also affiliate with other University-wide strategic research organizations and centers (e.g., the Center for Applied Social Research, the National Institute for Risk & Resilience). Salary, benefits, and start-up are highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • a cover letter specifically addressing position fit, qualifications, and background
  • a curriculum vitae
  • three confidential letters of recommendation
  • up to three publications/working papers
  • a brief statement of research interests (e.g., 300-2000 words)
  • a brief statement of teaching philosophy and interests (e.g., 300-2000 words)

Consideration of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, submit application materials by January 1, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. All application materials must be submitted electronically using the OU Career web site [http://apply.interfolio.com/45790] (see the "apply now" link at the bottom of the page).

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Please send inquiries, informal candidate nominations, and other suggestions or comments to the co-chairs of the search committee, Dr. Diane Horm (dhorm@ou.edu) and Dr. Eric Day (eday@ou.edu).

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