Company Name:

California State University, Dominguez Hills


Carson, California

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Associate/Full Professor, Chair of Department

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

February 6, 2019

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Department Chair, Child Development

The Department of Child Development at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications for the position of Chair of the Child Development Department. The position is open rank based on eligibility with the appointment starting in Fall 2019.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that includes every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

Child Development Department

The Child Development Department resides in the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing. We have over 700 undergraduate majors from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds. Our students seek careers working with children and families. We are integrated into our local community through our fieldwork courses, and we emphasis knowledge, social responsibility, and professional ethics in our curriculum.


The Child Development program focuses on the study of individual development from conception through adolescence within a plurality of contexts. Students are provided with fundamental knowledge of theoretical and methodological concepts, developmental processes, and current issues in the field. We believe that child development professionals play an important role in society with a significant impact on children. To ensure that our students graduate as well prepared professionals, our program rests on three fundamental elements of knowledge, skills, and professionalism.

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The Position

We are seeking a seasoned educator, researcher, and collaborator who has the skills and experience to lead a department strongly committed to academic excellence, community integration, and student success. We want a dynamic, positive, and contributive colleague with a passion for teaching, a history of fostering student success, and a commitment to shared governance. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record of successful teaching and working with a highly diverse student body. S/he should possess excellent communication skills, initiative, and resourcefulness and demonstrate a potential to provide leadership to the department and mentor junior colleagues. The ideal candidate would have a program of research with an applied developmental perspective on one or more of the following topics:

  • Child and family advocacy/policy
  • Prevention/intervention in high-risk contexts affecting children and youth
  • Early childhood education



The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Teaching and advising undergraduates and mentoring undergraduate research and scholarship
  • Conducting scholarship in line with the mission of the department, college, and university
  • Providing leadership and service to the department, college, university, and the profession
  • As the Department Chair, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing all department business and mentoring department faculty, staff and students. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Promote and monitor undergraduate recruitment and retention
    • Lead and work collaboratively with faculty on curriculum development and program development/redesign
    • Evaluate full-time faculty for promotion, post-tenure review, tenure, and pre-tenure renewal contracts
    • Recruit, supervise, and conduct annual performance reviews for part-time faculty and staff
    • Lead the evaluation of program and student leaning outcomes
    • Foster the professional development of faculty, staff, and students
    • Represent and advocate for faculty, staff, and student interests to administrators, other departments on campus, and outside individuals and agencies
    • Perform administrative duties of the department such as scheduling, overseeing department records, supervising staff, and holding faculty and staff meetings 


Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in Child or Human Development, Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood Education, or related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A current rank of professor or associate professor with tenure
  • Experience in teaching and working with students from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds
  • A strong and consistent record of effective teaching experience
  • A record of research and scholarly publications consistent with the appointment level and the promise of a strong research record beyond that achieved to date
  • A strong and consistent record of service
  • Evidence of organizational and leadership experience
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, staff, and administrators
  • Experience in curriculum development and student learning outcomes assessment
  • An interest in developing community outreach and external relations in the field of child development
  • A commitment to diversity-related teaching, research, and service


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise to teach multiple courses in the curriculum
  • Experience mentoring junior faculty and fostering professional development
  • Evidence of successful community partnership development
  • Experience training students or administering programs in one or more of the following professional areas:
    • Applied developmental science
    • Child and family advocacy/policy
    • Prevention/intervention in high-risk contexts affecting children and youth
    • Early childhood development and Early Childhood Education (ECE)
    • California Teacher Credentialing and waiver programs
    • Child Life Specialist certification
    • Certification in Family Life Education
  • Documented department chair or other administrative experience.


Employment Requirement – Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position. 

How to Apply

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in March 2019. For full consideration please submit your completed application no later than March 15, 2019 by visiting California State University, Dominguez Hills employment website for full details at New & Returning Applicants at

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, 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.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the CSU Dominguez Hills Human Resources Office (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at, or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

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