Department of Child Development, Full-Time Lecturer in Child & Adolescent Development at Palm Desert Campus

  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
  • San Bernardino, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Education and Training Human and Social Services

Job Description

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The Department of Child Development at California State University, San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a full-time, Lecturer position in Child and Adolescent Development to be located at the University’s satellite campus in Palm Desert. The position begins August 2024.

The Department is seeking applicants who have expertise in early childhood (birth to age 8) but who can also teach courses in a variety of general developmental areas that include early childhood but extend into middle childhood, adolescence, and the overall field of child and adolescent development. Area of concentration within early childhood is open, although at least some training in special education is preferred.

Qualified candidates are those that:
  • Possess the necessary content expertise,
  • Specialize in studying children’s development within home and school contexts,
  • Have practical experience working with young children,
  • Engage in teaching that supports historically underrepresented groups, diversity, equity, and/or social justice.

The Department of Child Development offers both theoretical and practical application courses, designed to help prepare graduates for direct service careers working with children of diverse backgrounds. The Department strongly emphasizes the merging of developmental knowledge with practical experience and the preparation of students for graduate training.


The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate courses (ranging in size from 30 to 200 students) in infant, toddler, and early childhood development; programs and curriculum for young children; developmental domains such as social/emotional, language development, and cognitive development; parenting and family relations; observational methodology; and an advanced seminar in development. Demonstrated excellence in university teaching is essential.

Each semester the successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • A 4-course teaching load
  • Advising and mentoring Palm Desert Child Development students
  • Attendance at community outreach events (e.g., information sessions, recruitment events)
  • Creating and maintaining community partnerships that benefit Palm Desert Child Development students.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students across a wide range of disciplines.


A Master’s degree in early childhood studies, child development, human development, developmental psychology, education, or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Experience working with children in an early childhood or primary grade educational setting (birth to age 8).


A Ph.D. in early childhood studies, child development, human development, developmental psychology, education, or a related field.

Evidence of successful teaching in the content areas desired.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Child Development at CSUSB houses a BA degree with two concentrations (Early Childhood Development and Child and Adolescent Development) and one graduate program. Established as a program in 1985, Child Development began its inaugural year as an independent Department during the 2021-2022 academic year, and currently has over 700 declared majors and nine full-time faculty members.

Each of the Department’s concentrations offers first-rate, state-of-the-art classroom instruction, as well as opportunities to apprentice with faculty mentors in a wide variety of research areas and community-based professional activities. Our faculty and students are currently conducting research in key areas such as attachment in children and adults; best practices in early childhood education; youth civic engagement; intergroup relations; motivational constructs as they relate to teachers and students; and cognitive training to increase school success. The Department of Child Development faculty are also involved in numerous campus and community initiatives housed under the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations including the Parenting Intervention Project, Building Executive Functions for Academic Success Training, Quality Start San Bernardino, and the Infant-Toddler Lab School. The rich experiences our programs provide enable students to gain access to high-quality graduate programs and rewarding professional careers.

The Department of Child Development is committed to hiring and supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or people of color) faculty. As part of a newly established department, the selected candidate will have opportunities to further the Department’s mission and vision toward diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices; collaborate and/or engage with existing faculty in their research examining the lived experiences of marginalized groups; develop specialized courses in their own areas of interest; and work with a diverse faculty body who is compassionate and open to a range of perspectives and who is committed to supporting the needs of our diverse student body. The Department recognizes and acknowledges the additional burdens the BIPOC faculty community face in comparison to white faculty on issues surrounding race and racism in institutions of higher education and is committed to mentoring and advocating for its faculty members at all levels of the retention and promotion process.

To find out more about the Department of Child Development, please visit

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Lisa Looney, Ph.D.

(909) 537-8175


Please submit:
Curriculum Vitae Cover Letter that includes a statement of your teaching interest/philosophy If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts may be required prior to appointment). Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words). Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
Formal review of applications will begin January 31, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Lecturer A (Range 2) - $4,530 - $6,056

Lecturer B (Range 3) - $5,405 - $11,994

Lecturer C (Range 4) - $6,190 - $13,172

Lecturer D (Range 5) - $7,794 - $13,797

CSU Salary Schedule:

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino 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. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

Advertised: Dec 21 2023 Pacific Standard Time
Applications close:

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Job Address

San Bernardino, California 92407 United States View Map