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Assistant or Associate Professor, Early Learning Education, Werklund School of Education

Job ID: 29936

Updated: September 15, 2023

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor (Teaching and Research) or with tenure Associate Professor (Teaching and Research) position in Early Learning Education.

The appointments will commence July 1, 2024, or at a mutually agreeable date.

We are seeking a scholar who will establish an active research program and demonstrate leadership in Early Learning Education. Applicants must have a strong disciplinary knowledge with an understanding of developmentally appropriate pedagogies that are responsive to diverse learning paths. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on how education is situated within and responsive to complex classrooms given the multifaceted worlds in which we live, learn and play.

The successful candidate will bring additional knowledge and solutions to transform pedagogies in the contemporary early learning landscape. The successful candidate will have a strong foundation in early literacy as a core component of early learning programming. Their research program may involve conducting research on 1) early literacy; 2) play-based learning; 3) social-emotional development of early learners; 4) English language learning in early childhood; and/or 5) current and future complexities of childhood (digital, physical, etc.) and the early learning classroom.

In addition to maintaining an active funded research program, the successful candidate will be expected to supervise graduate and undergraduate students, teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their areas of specialization and demonstrate leadership in service, collaboration, and mentorship within the University and the community.  As well, the successful candidate will be expected to engage actively with K-12 communities.

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals, securing external research funding, and effectiveness in teaching at the university level.

The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a strong track record of publications in high quality journals, evidence of securing ongoing external research funding, effectiveness in teaching at the university level, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision.

The position provides an opportunity to establish a vigorous, sustainable, externally funded research program in the area of early learning education, contribute to teaching and student supervision, and participate in leadership of related research, education, and service. This is an excellent opportunity to build and develop an innovative research program within a dynamic and collaborative environment.  


The successful applicant will have:

  • A doctorate in Education (or related discipline);
  • A strong record of research and knowledge mobilization (commensurate with rank);
  • A proven ability to obtain research funding commensurate with rank;
  • Demonstrated capability in graduate-level teaching, graduate student supervision;
  • Demonstrated capability in teaching in areas of discipline;
  • Experience in online teaching; and,
  • Engagement with local, national, and international professional and other communities (commensurate with rank).

How to Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the `Apply Now’ link and include in one combined PDF:

  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Statement outlining research, post-secondary teaching and leadership experience,
  • Evidence of collaboration/engagement with professional and other communities,
  • Brief description of present and aspiring contributions to the field,
  • Reprints of two (2) representative academic publications, and
  • Names and contact information for three referees.

Information about programs and research in the Werklund School of Education can be found at our website.

The closing date for applications is October 16, 2023

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Dianne Gereluk, Dean 
Werklund School of Education 
University of Calgary

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Dianne Gereluk, Dean by email ([email protected])

Our comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package please visit this link


The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


About the University of Calgary

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About Calgary, Alberta

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