Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education (Primary)

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
13 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

DCU Institute of Education
School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education
Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education (Primary)
Permanent Position


Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished by both the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. DCU prepares its students well for success in life, and in the workplace, by providing a high-quality, rounded education appropriate to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Through its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation, DCU acts as an agent of social, cultural and economic progress. As Ireland’s University of Enterprise, it is characterized by a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and a track-record of effective engagement with the enterprise sector. Excellence in its education and research activities has led to its consistent ranking in the top 50 of the world’s young universities (QS Top 50 under 50). 
DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework Programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus.  We offer a dynamic and internationally-focused environment in which to advance your academic career.  

The DCU Institute of Education is the newest faculty of Dublin City University. It is based in a €70 million purpose built facility on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus in Drumcondra in Dublin.  Established in 2016 as Ireland’s first University faculty of Education, it has a staff of more than 130 full-time academics and a student body in excess of 4,000.  

The Institute brings together students of education across all sectors from early childhood, to primary and post-primary and further and higher education. As well as providing a range of undergraduate programmes in education, the Institute offers a rich menu of taught and research-based post-graduate programmes, at doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate levels.

As a centre of expertise and excellence in teacher education and education more generally, the Institute hosts a range of research centres in key areas of priority and has an ambitious and growing programme of research. With internationally-recognised experts in education policy, inclusive and special education, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, literacy, evaluation and teacher education, the Institute provides a dynamic learning and working environment. Staff can expect to encounter opportunities for multi-disciplinary work, not just in the Institute, but across the University. As one of the world’s leading young Universities, DCU has established its fifth and newest faculty out of a conviction that studies and research in education and the preparation and support of teachers are central to the transformation of lives and communities. 

Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education is confident its students and staff, and its graduates can flourish and lead in the challenging and complex contexts of 21st century education.

The School of Language Literacy and Early Childhood Education

The School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education is one of six schools within the DCU Institute of Education. The school contributes to a wide range of education related degrees and courses at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It brings together a large dynamic faculty with a significant range of expertise in relation to theory, practice, research and policy in the fields of language (Irish & English), literacy and early childhood education. Staff are committed to ongoing scholarship and inquiry in reciprocal partnership with early childhood education and care settings, schools, colleagues across the institute and other stakeholders in the education system. 

Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education (Primary)

The School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education is seeking to recruit a permanent Assistant Professor to work collaboratively as a member of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) team.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years relevant experience in early childhood education in primary schools and will have a deep knowledge of learning, curriculum and pedagogy as they pertain to children in the early years of primary education. Experience in early childhood education in other educational contexts will be an advantage. Knowledge/experience of the relevant National Frameworks pertaining to early childhood education is essential. Applicants for the post must hold a post-graduate qualification in Early Childhood Education, preferably at Doctoral level. Experience in teacher education is highly desirable. Experience in providing Continued Professional Development (CPD) to teachers is desirable, as is fluency in the Irish language. Please note this appointment will be subject to the candidate successfully completing the Garda Vetting and Foreign Police Certification Processes.

The post will have a range of responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

The candidate will be required to contribute significantly to the development, teaching, assessment and administration of the early childhood education elements of existing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the BEd (Primary), the PMEP, the BECE and the MEd as well as related continuing professional development programmes, and new post-graduate programmes as they are developed. This teaching will include module design and delivery and school placement including its attendant duties of supporting and evaluating students on school visits and writing reports. In addition, the candidate is expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate theses, contribute to tutorials and to the wider teaching of the Institute as required by the Head of School. 

The DCU Institute of Education is a centre of excellence in educational research and as such the candidate will be expected to be research-active in their field and in the general field of teacher education/early childhood teacher education and to contribute to, develop and support research initiatives within the school and the wider faculty. They will contribute to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University, which will enhance its reputation as a research-led teaching institution and which will make a significant contribution to the development of the DCU Institute of Education’s research agenda. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to engage with research in the Centre for Early Childhood Education.

The candidate will undertake administrative functions related to the activities of the School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education. These activities defined by the Head of School may include participating in School meetings, engaging in meetings related to modules and programmes, representing the School in marketing and recruitment of students, developing relationships with stakeholders, participating in open days, and organisation of conferences and seminars.

Informal Enquiries to: Eithne.Kennedy@dcu.ie

Further information:
More information about the DCU Institute of Education can be found at http://www.dcu.ie/institute_of_education/index.shtml

Salary Scales:
Assistant Professor (Lecturer Above Bar):     *€51,671 – €82,217 per annum

Assistant Professor (Lecturer Below Bar):     *€38,736 – €53,251 per annum

*Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be made on the appropriate point of the Assistant Professor (Lecturer Below Bar or Lecturer Above Bar) salary scale in line with current Government pay policy

Closing date:   30th March, 2018.

Application Procedure:
Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies (Open Competitions) website at http://www4.dcu.ie/hr/vacancies/current.shtml and also from the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9. Tel: +353 (0)1 700 5149; Fax: +353 (0)1 700 5500 Email: hr.applications@dcu.ie 

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Ref:_#797  Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education (Primary) 

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to hr.applications@dcu.ie or by Fax: +353 (0)1 700 5500 or by post to the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9.

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer