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Teaching Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670055050 Applied Human Sciences
Job no: 516344
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: Hybrid eligible (partially remote, must reside in US)
Categories: Education / Instructional, Child Development
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Applied Human Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, is currently seeking a 9-month Instructor or Teaching Assistant Professor to join their on-campus team. This position will be responsible for teaching and advising students in the Early Childhood Education program. This non-tenure track position will report directly to the Department Head.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teach early childhood education and early childhood special education courses on-campus and online
  • Provide leadership at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Participate in service activities at the unit, department, college, and university levels

This 9-month position at the rank of instructor or teaching assistant professor has a preferred starting date of August 2024, with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Why Join Us:

The Early Childhood Education program combines early childhood education and early childhood special education content knowledge and pedagogy into one blended bachelor’s degree program. In cooperation with the College of Education, students who complete the full degree requirements are eligible to apply for a Kansas teaching license in early childhood unified (birth through kindergarten). Faculty in the program are working on a new strategic plan to meet the dynamic workforce needs. This position will be able to help contribute to this vision.

The Department of Applied Human Sciences consists of seven primary academic programs (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Conflict Resolution, Couple and Family Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Development and Family Science, and Integrative Human Sciences), as well as Cooperative Extension. The department is committed to conducting comprehensive research with a focus on well-being through multidisciplinary collaborations; providing transformational educational experiences to students; and enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through engaged and collaborative research, teaching, and service that addresses human needs and improves societal conditions.

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, Physician Assistant program, and a Nursing partnership with Wichita State University. The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position may be eligible for hybrid worksite. Work is performed partially remote and partially on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in early childhood education, early childhood special education, or closely related field
  • Expertise in child development and early childhood special education programming and policy
  • Professional experience in an inclusive early childhood setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in education, child development, or a closely related field
    • Candidates with ABD status may be eligible for the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor under the requirement that defense is scheduled with the conferral of a degree expected by August 2025
  • Demonstrated successful experience with:
    • Teaching at the university level
    • Providing professional development
    • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and/or professionals
  • Potential for graduate faculty eligibility

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy
  4. Contact information for three professional references

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jennifer Francois, at with the subject line: ECE Faculty Search.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Initial review of applications will begin January 8, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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