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Department of Teacher Education and Foundations (TEF) - Early Childhood Reading/Literacy Position (Open Rank)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds, and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo, and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Teacher Education and Foundations (TEF) within the College of Education at California State University, San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for an Open Rank tenure-track position of Reading and Literacy in Early Childhood Education to begin August 2023. The Department is seeking candidates who have relevant background and experience in the PK-3 Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist Instruction Credential program. The successful candidate will be passionate in working collaboratively across departments and disciplines to design, implement, and facilitate learning activities throughout PK-3 which engage students according to their developmental levels. The candidate will be able to design classroom learning activities that are supportive and affirming each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and cultural experiences, in addition to their relevant background characteristics, assets, abilities, and special needs. The candidate will implement developmentally appropriate practices to create joyful learning experience for children and help maximize the opportunities for all children to achieve their full potential. Additionally, the candidate will be enthusiastic in the taking leadership roles in developing new innovative programs, engaging in and promoting research in early childhood reading and literacy, and supporting University, College of Education, and Teacher Education & Foundations Department strategic goals, which include student success and partnerships with the community to enhance the social, economic, and cultural conditions of the region and beyond.

Job Summary

Candidates must have knowledge, skills and interest in early childhood reading/literacy education, teaching, research, and professional development. Candidates are expected to teach early childhood reading/literacy education courses for teacher candidates, early childhood certificate courses, and graduate students. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements for excellence in teaching, active scholarly and professional work, and service to the University and community. 

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Design and teach early childhood literacy/reading education courses at the credential, certificate, and graduate levels that emphasize high impact instructional strategies and current teaching and learning theories in early childhood reading/literacy education.
  • Implement fun, engaging, and research-based reading/literacy activities that support and enhance children’s cognitive development, creativity, language skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Work with credential, credential, undergraduate, and graduate students
  • Participate in committee assignments at the department, college, and university levels.
  • Supervise student teachers.
  • Engage in research/publication and/or creative activities.
  • Advise and mentor credential and graduate students.
  • Participate in student recruitment to the credential and graduate programs.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate active involvement and excellence in teaching and mentoring/supervising a diverse population of students, working collaboratively and productively with faculty, staff, and administrators within and across programs, departments, and colleges at the university. Candidates are also expected to be actively engaged with the community (e.g., schools and school districts, county office of education, professional organizations, etc.). 


  • Doctorate degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Literacy, Literacy Education, or related fields (Degree in hand by time of appointment). 
  • Demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service to the university and to the profession.
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong knowledge of developmentally and culturally sustaining and engaging instructional strategies in early childhood reading/literacy. 
  • Experience of teaching reading/literacy in a PK-3 classroom.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching early childhood literacy/reading at the credential, certificate, or graduate levels.
  • Strong skills and experience in lesson planning, teaching effectiveness, assessment, curriculum development, and pedagogy.
  • A demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with a broad, diverse community.


  • Knowledge and expertise in working with first generation college students.
  • PK-3 Early Childhood Education credential courses teaching experience (or equivalent).
  • Ability to advise, supervise student teachers, and mentor credential and graduate students.
  • Strong evidence of teaching effectiveness (Note: Applicant must include evaluations of prior teaching experience).
  • Experience working with pre and/or in-service teachers in the areas of Early Childhood and Elementary literacy/reading.
  • Skills to design and accommodate a variety of learning activities, including online and blended learning, flexible teaching methods, and applied learning approaches.
  • A minimum of three full years of teaching reading/literacy in a PK-3 Classroom.
  • Experience teaching in classrooms/programs with a substantive percentage of emergent bi- or multilingual students who are learning English.
  • Research/publications and/or creative activities in the areas of Early Childhood Elementary Reading/Literacy.
  • Demonstrated ability/potential to secure external funds for research/projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff from diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated interest and potential to collaborate and build relationships with schools and/or school districts. 
  • Willingness to learn/apply knowledge of California’s credentialing regulations, and local, state, and national trends.
  • Experience with program coordination and/or leadership in an institution (school district, university, county office of education, community).
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in professional organization/membership related to Early Childhood Education and teacher education.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


To find out more about the Department of Teacher Education and Foundations, please visit

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Dr. Golge Seferoglu

(909) 537-5658

Department Chair

Dr. Lasisi Ajayi




  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Cover Letter that includes:
    1. A statement of your teaching philosophy
    2. A statement of your research experience and goals
  3. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching
  4. Submit the name, telephone number and email address of three references and three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment.
  5. Submit unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts with your application. Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment.
  6. Submit a Diversity Statement detailing your teaching and/or service and/or scholarship would support the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field. (Maximum 1,000 words).
  7. Confidential Letters of Recommendation my be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non – Confidential Letters of Recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.

Formal review of applications begins on February 17th, 2023 and continues until the position is filled.  

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Assistant Professor       (Range 3) - $5,405 – $11,994

Associate Professor      (Range 4) - $6,190 – $13,172

Professor                     (Range 5) - $7,794 – $13,797

CSU Salary Schedule:

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

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