Lecturer in Ecology
University of California Davis
United States

Lecturer in Ecology

Job #JPF05764

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $64,329 to $76,813 .

Application Window

Open date: June 26, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Jul 19, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Consistent with the mission and vision of the Early Childhood Laboratory (Division of Human Development and Family Studies; Department of Human Ecology), and under the leadership of the CCFS Academic Coordinator/ECL Director, the Child Development Demonstration Lecturer (CDDL) is an active
partner and participant in the successful design, implementation, and evaluation of children’s programming; specializing in and focusing on either infant/toddler or preschool development. The CDDL serves as Instructor of Record and supervisor of HDE 140L, HDE 192, and HDE 292 students within the classrooms of the Early Childhood Laboratory. This position requires on-site service Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM. The ECL follows the UC Davis academic year calendar of instructional days and holidays. The site is closed during all instructional breaks (e.g., winter, spring, and summer break.)

After completion of the first year appointment and in consultation with the CCFS Academic Coordinator (ECL Director) and/or other Human Development and Family Studies faculty, the CDDL participates in research, outreach, and leadership projects designed to foster their own professional development and to advance knowledge of “best practices” in early childhood development settings. Applied investigations must both contribute to the program of the ECL, and be prepared for broader dissemination of results in appropriate journals and/or at professional conferences and outreach programs. The department seeks to recruit 1-2 candidates for this position.

Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Children’s Programs (35%)
1) Mentor and collaborate with Lead Teacher(s) in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the classroom curriculum and instructional approach.
• The program’s design must be grounded in research, evidence-based practice, and reputable theoretical frameworks; it should be inclusive of all children and
families, including those of diverse abilities, native languages, family structures, and cultural experiences.

2) Establish and maintain positive working relationships with the diverse population of ECL families through daily interaction, and preparation and distribution of written materials (as appropriate); exhibit sensitivity and positive attitudes toward children and families of all cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds in alignment with the campus Principles of Community.

3) Serve as a specialist of child development providing parent support and facilitating connections with professional resources and early intervention services.

4) Develop and implement remote learning program offerings to support non-ECL children and families who live in the community and region.
• Remote learning programming is intended to promote equitable access to quality learning experiences through the education of parents and family caregivers and the provision of developmentally appropriate play materials

Undergraduate Teaching (35%)
1) Design, implement, and evaluate practicum curriculum (e.g., syllabus, weekly meeting content, course assignments, etc.) with respect to the course description set forth by the department.
• HDE 140L: Laboratory in Early Childhood surveys theory, research, and practice-based knowledge of child development in an applied early childhood setting. Students will implement developmental principles as they interact with young children under the guidance of experts in the field of early care and learning. Course topics include: observation as a tool for research and reflective practice; the social context of language and cognitive development; development of self, relationships, and socioemotional competence; and diversity and inclusion in early learning settings. Emphasis is placed on observation and hands-on learning. Readings are utilized to further knowledge of child development, promote reflection and application, and prompt dynamic discussion during weekly meetings. Written assignments are intended to explore applied research skills, and develop academic and professional writing.
• HDE 140L is NOT AN ECE COURSE; HDE students pursue diverse educational and professional paths, including pediatrics, nursing, social work and early intervention, human resources, and education.

2) Provide in-classroom modeling, coaching, and reflective practice to promote transfer of learning and engage undergraduates as critical thinkers and field scientists.

3) Supervise and evaluate in-program participation and fulfillment of practicum expectations.

4) Develop coursework and facilitate internships for returning undergraduate and graduate practicum students.

5) Demonstrate active application of campus principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their approach to instruction.

6) Direct and connect undergraduate and graduate students with campus resources intended to promote student development and assist students in need.

Professional Activities: Research, Service, Leadership (30%)
1) As guided by CCFS Academic Coordinator, support the facilitation and implementation of approved research projects (e.g., coordinate communication between research teams and parents; establish positive relationships between participating children and researchers; set aside time and space for the training of research assistants; serve as subject matter expert, etc.).

2) Host and consult with authorized visitors and representatives of other institutions or agencies who inquire about child development programs and practices.

3) Engage in applied investigations of novel or emerging trends in child development and early education; share documented outcomes in workshops, presentations, and publications.

4) Participate in professional communities of practice on-site, and across our region, state, nation, and world.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Master’s degree in child development, early childhood education, or in a closely related field at time of appointment.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Ability to pass a DOJ background check and meet all California Title 22 health requirements for working in a licensed program at the time of position starts.

Preferred qualifications


• At least two years of Lead Teacher experience in a lab school (preferred) or center-based program with a formal adult learning component
• Experience and familiarity with:
o NAEYC accreditation standards
o Program quality evaluation measures (e.g., CLASS)
o California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Frameworks
o Child screening (e.g., Ages and Stages Questionnaire) and assessment tools (e.g., Desired Results Developmental Profile—DRDP 2015)
o CANVAS or other higher education learning management systems
• In-depth knowledge of current child development research and theory sufficient to design developmentally appropriate curriculum and to apply research-topractice
methods creatively to meet the needs of young children in all developmental domains.
• Supervisory skills to train, mentor, and coach a diverse professional staff and practicum caregivers
• Academic communication skills to effectively interact with faculty, ECE administrators, and policy makers
• Organizational skills to successfully perform all the integrated functions of this position within the time allocated for each
• Record keeping skills necessary to maintain relevant observation, data, and program details accurately and comprehensively for purposes of program
evaluation, child assessment, applied investigations, publication, and compliance with licensing and accreditation requirements
• Assessment skills necessary to develop and implement individualized care and education plans for all children, including those with special needs and
circumstances in partnership with special educators and early interventionists
• Sufficient academic expertise to allow for meaningful participation in and contribution to research projects generated by Principal Investigators working with
the Early Childhood Laboratory
• Ability to learn and integrate the missions of the University and Early Childhood Laboratory with ongoing programming to serve the needs of the broader
• Physical ability to safely lift and care for infants and young children (up to 50 lbs.)

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Professional Writing Sample - e.g., program newsletter, applied journal article, family education handout, etc.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05764

Help contact: cdhogan@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment.(Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA

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