Faculty Positions

Job Opportunities: Faculty

School of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology
Assistant Professor of Public Health
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology
Assistant Professor of Criminology
Assistant Professor of Social Work

School of Education and Professional Studies

Assistant/Associate Professor of Finance
Assistant/Associate Professor of Management
Assistant Professor of Communication
Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education

Eastern Connecticut State University, the state’s public liberal arts university serving approximately 5000 students, offers a wide range of undergraduate majors in the arts and sciences and professional studies, as well as selected graduate programs. Located in historic Windham County in the heart of eastern Connecticut, the University is midway between New York City and Boston and only a short drive from Hartford, the state capital.

We invite applications from candidates who have a strong commitment to teaching excellence, creative activity and scholarship, student advisement, university and community service. ECSU is especially interested in faculty with demonstrated innovation and excellence in teaching in a liberal arts curriculum, and sensitivity to diverse populations and perspectives.

Department: Biology 
Position: Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Tenure track, Fall 2020

Position description: Responsibilities may include teaching Organismal Biology, Biology of Plants, Plant Physiology, and potentially other upper level courses for biology majors. Additional teaching opportunities may include a course in the University’s liberal arts core curriculum and the first-year program. Expectations include involving undergraduates in a research program, overseeing the biology greenhouse, academic advisement, service to the University, and continued professional development. The Department has outstanding resources for teaching and research housed in a modern science building. Resources include tissue culture facilities, vivarium, confocal microscope, environmental chambers, greenhouse, campus arboretum, and Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a biological science with expertise in botany and plant biology, with preferred emphasis on a topic of global importance such as climate change science, medicinal plants or agricultural science. Expertise that complements the current strengths of the department and postdoctoral experience are desired. The successful candidate must have demonstrated an interest in, and an aptitude for, teaching undergraduates.

Respond to: Please send a CV, a copy of all graduate transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, documentation of teaching ability, and the name and contact information for three references via email to biologysearch1@easternct.edu, Dr. Vijaykumar Veerappan (Co-chair, Search Committee), Department of Biology, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT 06226. The search will continue until the position is filled.

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Department:  Health Sciences
Position: Assistant Professor of Public Health, Tenure-Track, Fall 2020

Position Description: The Department of Health Sciences is seeking a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Public Health, whose primary teaching responsibilities will include broad areas of Public and Community Health, Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health and Health Education; and if needed, Foundations of Health Science courses in the University’s liberal arts core curriculum and/or first year program. It is expected that the individual in this position will also develop courses in area of expertise to expand our Health Sciences major and diversify the courses available to our students. The teaching load for this position is 4 courses per semester. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to: (1). Excellence in teaching, preferably in liberal arts education setting; (2). Establishing a productive research program that will involve undergraduate students; (3). Academic advising to student success and prepare students’ readiness to graduate programs in discipline; and (4). Providing services to the department, school, university, and community.

Qualifications: Ph.D., Dr.Ph., or equivalent research doctorate degree from an accredited Public Health institution or related discipline and must have a broad background in teaching public health courses. The successful candidate must have demonstrated interest and aptitude for teaching undergraduate students in support of the mission of a public liberal arts institution, understanding of diversity and equity, with evidence of scholarly works and professional service. A.B.D. will be considered with doctoral degree completion date on or before August 2020. One year or more of undergraduate teaching experience in the related courses, preferably in liberal arts education institution is preferred. MPH credential or practical public health experience, a plus.

Respond to: Please send in one combined PDF file a curriculum vitae, a copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, documentation of teaching ability, and the name and contact information for three professional references via email to Dr. Mitchell L. Doucette, Search Chair, (email: HealthScienceSearch2@easternct.edu an email account will be assigned for this search after the EHR-2 Form is approved). Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide official transcripts of all post-secondary education, and three letters of recommendations from professional references. Search will continue until the position is filled.

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Department: Physical Sciences
Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Tenure Track, Fall 2020

Position Description: Teaching responsibilities will include 12 load credits per semester teaching lecture/lab courses within the Core Chemistry courses and advanced chemistry courses including chemical instrumentation. Additional expectations include a demonstrated ability to perform independent research involving students, academic advisement, service to the university, and continued professional development.

Qualifications: PhD in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry is required and 2 years post-doctoral or professional experience. The ideal candidate should have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and qualifications to support and develop courses related to the biochemistry program.

Respond to: Please send CV, copies of all graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, documentation of teaching ability as a single PDF file, and arrange for three current signed letters of recommendation to be sent via email to chemsearch2@easternct.edu

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Department: Psychological Science
Position: Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology, Tenure Track, Fall 2020

Position Description: The Department of Psychological Science at Eastern Connecticut State University is pleased to announce a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Developmental Psychology.  Strong candidates will have a commitment to teaching excellence and collaboration within a liberal arts environment, scholarship, student advisement, and sensitivity to diverse populations.

We are seeking a qualified individual who can contribute to our Developmental Psychology concentration. The ideal candidate will be able to teach Psychology of Childhood, Psychology of Adolescence, and Current Research in Child Psychology as well as courses in other areas (e.g., Research Methods, Statistics). Prior teaching experience in these areas is desired.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Psychology (ABD considered)

Successful candidates will have the ability to supervise student research in our new state of the art labs (which contains space for child participants), conduct research in their specialty, and contribute to the service needs of the department and university.

To apply, send electronically a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations), and three letters of recommendation to psychsearch@easternct.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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DepartmentSociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Social Work 
Position: Assistant Professor of Criminology, Tenure Track, Fall 2020

Position Description: The successful candidate must be prepared to teach courses in criminology and major core curriculum courses (e.g. statistics, methods, and/or theory). A commitment to undergraduate teaching in a public liberal arts college and evidence of scholarly potential required.  There is a 12 credit per semester requirement that usually involves a 4-4 teaching load. Review of candidate materials will begin December 1, 2019.  

Qualifications: Teaching experience and Ph.D. in criminology or sociology preferred; ABD will be considered 

Respond to: Please send CV, copies of all graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, documentation of teaching ability, and three current letters of reference via email to Dr. Theresa Severance, Search Chair, socsearch2@easternct.edu 

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Department: Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Social Work
Position: Assistant Professor of Social Work, Tenure Track, Fall 2020

Position Description: One tenure-line, full-time position in a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program with 141 junior/senior students. The program is seeking candidates with the ability to teach Social Work Research Methods as well as being able to teach across the generalist social work curriculum. Faculty is expected to be outstanding teachers and demonstrate a commitment to creative activity, scholarship, and service to the community and university. The teaching load is four courses (12FLC’s) per semester. Additional expectations include academic advisement, academic programing, service to the University, and continued professional development.

Qualifications: MSW and five years post MSW practice experience and a Ph.D. in Social Work or related discipline, or DSW. ABD’s near completion will be considered

Send: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, teaching evaluation or evidence of teaching quality, and writing sample. [Please send information electronically] 

Respond To: Marsha Cwikla, Department Secretary

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Social Work
Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

Search Committee Chair: Dr. Eunice Matthews-Armstead, Professor,  Coordinator of Social Work, matthewse@easternct.edu

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Department: Business Administration
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor of Finance, Tenure Track, Fall 2020 

Position Description: Teaching responsibilities will include lecture courses in finance.  Additional expectations include academic advisement, service to the university, and continued professional development and assisting students’ development outside, such as acting as an advisor to the Finance Students Association.

Qualifications: Ph.D. Finance, broad expertise in Finance, demonstrate of ability to teach across different areas of finance to undergraduate students; such as financial management, financial institutions & markets, investments, banking, and real estate finance. Applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for teaching undergraduates and willingness to develop a research program involving undergraduates.

To apply: Please submit CV, copies of all graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, documentation of teaching ability, and three current letters of reference using this link:


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Department: Business Administration
Two Positions: Assistant/Associate Professor of Management, Tenure Track, Fall 2020

Position Descriptions: The new hires will be expected to teach upper level undergraduate courses.  There is also the potential to teach in the graduate program in organizational management. Teaching excellence is the primary focus for the position, followed by a strong research record/potential, and service to the department, university, and community.

Qualifications: A terminal degree in the field of management, business, or a related discipline from an accredited institution is required. ABD candidates close to completion will also be considered. Candidates who have primary experience or expertise (teaching, research, or practice) in entrepreneurship/innovation, ethics, strategy, or organization theory are preferred.  Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching, scholarly and professional activities, and a willingness to be active in service to the university and community.  

To Apply: Interested candidates may apply at: http://34.selectsurvey.net/easternct/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=llLLm9lK. Please be prepared to submit a letter of interest, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three references.  Please do not submit additional materials until requested.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, although first consideration will be given to completed applications received by November 1st, 2019. Review of applications will begin on October 15th, 2019.

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Department: Communication
Position: Assistant Professor of Communication, Tenure-track, Fall 2020

Qualification: Ph.D. in Communication or related field (ABD with completion prior to appointment considered).

Position Description: The Department of Communication seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor who will support the department’s mission of combining theory and practice in a program emphasizing a liberal arts perspective. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising (4:4 teaching load) and will have the primary responsibility of teaching Communication Writing.

Preference will be given to candidates who are able to bring innovation to writing instruction in the department’s major core curriculum. The candidate will also contribute to one or more of the major concentrations (Advertising, Leadership Communication, Media Production, Media Writing/Journalism, Public Relations) or to the Integrated Communication Media concentration in the interdisciplinary major in New Media Studies.

Faculty at Eastern maintain an active program of scholarly and creative activity in their area of academic specialization and contribute to the governance of the institution at the departmental, school, and college level through service on committees, professional activity, and curriculum development. The Department of Communication has recently moved into newly-renovated space with state-of-the-art equipment and lab facilities.

Apply through the following link: http://34.selectsurvey.net/easternct/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=84LLl84K

Please be prepared to upload CV, copies of all graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, documentation of teaching ability, and names and addresses of three people willing to provide letters of reference. Review of candidates will begin in November, so submission before November 1st is encouraged. The position will remain open until filled.

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Department: Education
Position: Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education,  Full Professor, Fall 2020

Position Description: The Education department and the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University seek a dynamic early childhood researcher and teacher educator to serve as the next Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education.  The Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) was established in 2006 as a “Connecticut higher education center of excellence” and serves as an interdisciplinary institute of research and professional development (see www.easternct.edu/cece).  With a record of external grants totaling nearly $7 million, CECE faculty, staff, and students conduct multiple studies every year.  Many of these studies are conducted in the adjoining lab school, which serves children from 18 months to 5 years from ethnically and socio-economically diverse backgrounds (over 50% of the families served have significant financial need).  CECE researchers use remote video technology to record children’s play and teacher-child interactions for a variety of studies.

The Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair will conduct active research focused on early childhood teaching strategies and/or children’s development, and will disseminate research findings through publications, conference presentations, and professional development videos (produced by CECE staff).  Resources available to support this work include a dedicated annual budget for research supplies, travel, and stipends for research assistants, as well as possibilities for supplemental funding during summer and winter breaks.  In addition, the Endowed Chair will receive support from the CECE director and staff on grant proposals, budget development and management, and oversight of research assistants.

The Endowed Chair will also have the opportunity to collaborate with CECE staff in producing educational videos for practicing teachers (videos developed to date have been viewed over 1.5 million times by teachers all over the world), and in providing professional development for teachers in Eastern’s lab school.

The Endowed Chair will be a member of the Education Department, responsible for teaching early childhood education course(s) each semester and assisting with accreditation efforts.


  • Doctoral degree in Early Childhood Education or related fields is required.
  • Experience teaching in early childhood classrooms and higher education is required.
  • A demonstrated, established research agenda on topics related to child development or early childhood teaching strategies is required. Previous research experience in social-emotional development, play, or diverse families and communities is preferred. 
  • A successful record of scholarly publications and research presentations is required.
  • A successful record of pursuing external grants and funding sources is strongly preferred.
  • Experience mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate student researchers is required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to post-secondary teaching, advising students, and departmental and institutional service is required.

To apply, please complete the online application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. For additional information about this position, please contact the search co-chairs, Ms. Julia Delapp, delappj@easternct.edu or Dr. Sudha Swaminathan, swaminathans@easternct.edu.

Online application: http://34.selectsurvey.net/easternct/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l4LIl8m6

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Eastern Connecticut State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Stacey Close, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity, 860-465-5791, closes@easternct.edu.