Assistant Professor – Early Childhood Education, Development and Learning

Requisition ID:  11889

Job Summary

Early Childhood Education, Development, and Learning – Assistant/Associate Professor

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Purdue University is searching for an Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in early childhood development, education, and learning (birth through 8 years).  The ideal candidate would have expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning and a programmatic line of research that is synergistic with existing faculty research in early learning, social, emotional, and/or regulatory development.  Research portfolios that include children/families from underrepresented groups are encouraged.  This is one of three open positions in the department. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, psychology, early childhood or early elementary education, or an aligned area.


The successful candidate will be responsible for initiating, conducting, and publishing research, including procuring internal and external funding; teaching undergraduate courses in STEM-related content (i.e., Science in Preschool and Primary Grades) for the early childhood education and exceptional needs teaching licensure program and other undergraduate and graduate courses for the department; mentoring students; and engaging in service at the campus, community, state, and/or national level. We are seeking a faculty member with a strong research program that is capable of attracting external funding. 


Human Development and Family Studies ( is a multi-disciplinary department located in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The department affords many opportunities to develop interdisciplinary collaborative research. Research foci in the department include early learning, biological underpinnings of normative and non-normative development and health, family systems, advanced methodology, health & well-being, interpersonal relations, culture and diversity, and military families. HDFS maintains spacious and well-equipped research facilities and centers, including the Ben & Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School, the Center for Early Learning, the Center for Families, Cooperative Extension, and the Military Family Research Institute.  

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Purdue University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interest or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


Applications should include a cover letter summarizing research and teaching, a curriculum vitae, a diversity and inclusion statement, three letters of recommendation and up to three representative publications. Please have letters of recommendation sent separately from your application directly to .  Review of applications will begin on December 10th and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor AJ Schwichtenberg (), chair of the search committee. 

Equal Opportunity


A background check will be required for employment in this position. 


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply


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A.J. Schwichtenberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Purdue University – College of Health and Human Sciences

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Department of Psychological Sciences (Courtesy)

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (Courtesy)

Hanley Hall, 1202 West State Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2055

(765) 496-2780 



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