Instructor/Asst. Professor, Education, Early Childhood Curriculum (1 year)



Job description

Westfield, MA

About Westfield State University:
Westfield State University is a public, teaching-centered, liberal arts college located in Western Massachusetts approximately 90 miles from Boston, two hours to New York City, and 30 minutes from the Northampton, Amherst, and Springfield areas. With an undergraduate and graduate student population of 6,200 students, the institution is ranked #32 among public universities in the Best Regional Universities North section of the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” list. It also has one of the highest six-year graduation rates among Massachusetts state universities.

Westfield State was founded in 1839 by Horace Mann as the first public co-educational college in America without barrier to race, gender, or economic class. A Chronicle of Higher Education “Great Colleges to Work For” designee in 2011, the University is dedicated to and continues to live its tradition of providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester and there are opportunities to teach in the department’s evening and on-line undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty responsibilities include advising students, service to the University, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, the department, and the community, and an active research agenda.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Instructor/Assistant Professor
State Job Title: Instructor/Assistant Professor
Department: Education
FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: MSCA
Job Type: Full-time Temporary
Timeframe: One year
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

General Statement of Duties: 

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist

Westfield State University’s Education Department is committed to anti-racist pedagogy and practices that guide our department’s fundamental beliefs in critical engagement with diversity, social justice, community building, scholarly inquiry, and critical reflective practice.

The Education Department is seeking an outstanding and engaged teacher/scholar for a temporary one-year position at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level effective September 2019.

The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate level, advise undergraduates, collaborate with local schools, and participate actively in the University community. The candidate will be expected to participate in the department-wide anti-racism education project that seeks to promote the development and expansion of faculty and students’ ideologies, knowledge and understandings in applying critical theories and informed practices.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Master’s degree in Early Childhood or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in PreK-2 settings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate degree in relevant field
  • Prior teaching experience in higher education
  • Early Childhood and/or Special Education Massachusetts teacher licensure
  • Experience mentoring teacher candidates in pre-practicum or practicum settings
  • Teaching experience in PreK-2 settings in urban schools and communities
  • Evidence of effective use of learner-centered pedagogies and culturally relevant/sustaining practices
  • Multilingual

Additional Information:

Specific salary for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining and state policies and procedures.

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

How to apply

An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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As part of the Massachusetts public higher education system, Westfield State University is dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed.