Faculty and Program Chair – Online Early Childhood Education

School for Graduate and Professional Studies

Position Description:

The Chair of the Early Childhood Education program assures the academic integrity, educational quality, and student advisement services of this program, which is housed within the School for Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS).  The Chair holds a tenure-track faculty position in which administrative responsibilities are complemented by teaching at least one Professional Studies course per trimester.  The program Chair is a faculty member within the undergraduate Liberal Studies Department, which oversees the ECE program, and the program Chair reports directly to the Chair of the Liberal Studies Department and works cooperatively with the Dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies. The position begins on August 18, 2014.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as liaison between the faculty in the Academic Department, the Professional Studies administration, and the ECE students.
  • Represent the academic department policies with all decisions pertaining to student academic progress such as course substitutions, waivers, and petitions.
  • Recruit and interview potential faculty and schedule class assignments.
  • Serve as assessment coordinator for annual program and course assessment review according to Vanguard assessment schedule guidelines.
  • Facilitate revisions of current SGPS curriculum, following up with faculty to ensure timely submission to SGPS, and the development of new SGPS curriculum in cooperation with the Academic Department faculty, the SGPS Dean, and the Faculty Coordinator.
  • Regularly collaborate with Vanguard Library faculty and staff regarding electronic academic resources for online students
  • Review faculty evaluations and solve faculty/instructional issues for the courses.
  • Oversee the academic progress of students in concert with the Student Services Coordinator, who will perform administrative tasks on behalf of ECE students. This may include such things as providing referrals for remedial education, monitoring student attendance, and monitoring academic progress.
  • Settle disputes such as grade challenges between professors and students and, if necessary, see that the University policies are implemented for resolution.
  • Attend all Professional Studies Chair meetings and University faculty gatherings.
  • Teach 12 Professional Studies units.
  • Represent the Professional Studies (ECE) program to campus, business, and community groups: and serve in other areas as requested by the Dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree required in early childhood education or related field, doctorate preferred.
  • Experience in teaching adult learners, specifically in early childhood education.
  • Experience with online education.
  • Deep personal faith in Christ with theological commitments consistent with those of Vanguard University.
  • Rich experience with integrating Christian faith with learning and life.
  • A Christian educational philosophy consistent with the ethos of Vanguard University.
  • Skills in organizational management.
  • Good communication skills and ability to promote the program within the University and to the early childhood education community.
  • Evidence of “goal-oriented” performance.



Full-time position. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application Procedure:

A review of applications will begin immediately. Applicant should submit a completed VUSC Application for Faculty Employment and current resume. The application form can be downloaded from the web at http://humanresources.vanguard.edu/employment-opportunities. As specified on the Faculty Application; please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of courses taught, three letters of reference, graduate transcripts and a personal statement describing your testimony of relationship with Jesus Christ, your philosophy of Christian education, the role of Christian University and your integration of faith teaching and scholarship. All applications/resumes/materials must be submitted electronically via e-mail to: RESUME@vanguard.edu . We are located at: Vanguard University of Southern California, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Applications will be received until position is filled.


VANGUARD UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is a private, co-educational, comprehensive University of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its evangelical Christian community in the Pentecostal tradition offers a unique opportunity for academic achievement. Vanguard University embodies a Christ-centered, multicultural community serving approximately 2,200 students. Vanguard values and encourages qualified applicants who are diverse in gender, generation, ethnicity, race and/or ability, and seeks faculty that will interact with the Vanguard community in a way that reflects a commitment to cultural proficiency. Where permitted by law and in relation to the school’s heritage and mission, Vanguard does exercise religious preference throughout the University.