Main Content Region

Job Opportunities

Department of Child Development, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Development

Apply now Job no: 529496
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Bernardino - Palm Desert Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


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. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The Department of Child Development at California State University, San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor, tenure track position in Early Childhood Development to be located primarily at the University’s satellite campus in Palm Desert. The position may also involve teaching at the CSU, San Bernardino campus. The position begins August 2024.

The Department is seeking applicants who have expertise in early childhood (birth to age 8) to teach courses centered on early childhood, early childhood education, parenting, and families.  Area of concentration within early childhood is open, although at least some training in early childhood special education is preferred. 

Qualified candidates are those that:

  • Possess the necessary content expertise,
  • Specialize in studying development within home and school contexts
  • Have practical experience working with young children (minimum of two years)
  • Engage in scholarship and teaching supporting historically underrepresented groups, diversity, equity, and/or social justice.

The Department of Child Development offers both theoretical and practical application courses, designed to help prepare graduates for direct service careers working with children of diverse backgrounds. The Department strongly emphasizes the merging of developmental knowledge with practical experience and understanding the complexity of the intersectionality present in early educational and developmental contexts.


The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate courses (ranging in size from 30 to 200 students) in infant, toddler, and early childhood development; programs and curriculum for young children; developmental domains such as social/emotional and cognitive development; parenting and family relations; observational methodology; and an advanced seminar in development. Emerging evidence of excellence in university teaching is essential, as is practical experience in an early education setting and university experience with curriculum development and program supervision. Additionally, the successful candidate must have an active and viable research program in which they can supervise, mentor, and involve undergraduate and graduate students. Potential for securing external funding is also desirable.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines. Willingness to build partnerships within the Palm Desert Campus community and surrounding Coachella Valley area as part of teaching, mentoring, and research responsibilities is also desirable.


A Ph.D. in early childhood studies, child development, human development, developmental psychology, education, or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

A minimum of two years working with children in an early childhood or primary grade educational setting (birth to age 8).


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.


The Department of Child Development at CSUSB houses two undergraduate concentrations (Early Childhood Development and Child and Adolescent Development) and one graduate program.  Established as a program in 1985, Child Development began its inaugural year as an independent Department during the 2021-2022 academic year, and currently has over 700 declared majors and nine full-time faculty members.

Each of the Department’s concentrations offers first-rate, state-of-the-art classroom instruction, as well as opportunities to apprentice with faculty mentors in a wide variety of research areas and community-based professional activities. Our faculty and students are currently conducting research in key areas such as attachment in children and adults; best practices in early childhood education; youth civic engagement; intergroup relations; motivational constructs as they relate to teachers and students; and cognitive training to increase school success. The Department of Child Development faculty are also involved in numerous campus and community initiatives housed under the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations including the Parenting Intervention Project, Building Executive Functions for Academic Success Training, Quality Start San Bernardino, and the Infant-Toddler Lab School. The rich experiences our programs provide enable students to gain access to high-quality graduate programs and rewarding professional careers.

The Department of Child Development is committed to hiring and supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or people of color) faculty.  As part of a newly established department, the selected candidate will have opportunities to further the Department’s mission and vision toward diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices; collaborate and/or engage with existing faculty in their research examining the lived experiences of marginalized groups; develop specialized courses in their own areas of interest; and work with a diverse faculty body who is compassionate and open to a range of perspectives and who is committed to supporting the needs of our diverse student body.  The Department recognizes and acknowledges the additional burdens the BIPOC faculty community face in comparison to white faculty on issues surrounding race and racism in institutions of higher education and is committed to mentoring and advocating for its faculty members at all levels of the retention and promotion process.

To find out more about the Department of Child Development, please visit 

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Lisa Looney, Ph.D.

(909) 537-8175



Please submit

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that includes: 

        a.  A statement of your teaching interest/philosophy

        b.  A statement of your research experience/plans                                                                                                                     

  1. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.  
  2. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts may be required prior to appointment).
  3. Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation.
  4. Confidential letters of recommendation may 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.
  5. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of applications will begin September 30, 2023 and continue 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:


Advertised: Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend