Psychology: Developmental Psychology – Assistant Professor (Initial Review 09/19/22)

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023 and is contingent upon budgetary approval. Degree requirements must be met by September 22, 2023 for employment effective beyond that date.

Application Window

Open date: July 21st, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Sep 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Developmental Psychology. We seek to enhance our Developmental Psychology program’s long-established strengths in studying the lived experiences of children and youth from diverse backgrounds, bridging traditionally separate areas of developmental research, and integrating cultural, interpersonal, and individual aspects of human development, especially as they relate to global and community health.

We are particularly interested in developmental psychology scholars whose research addresses diversity in human development. In addition, we seek a scholar whose research addresses the intersection of developmental psychology and global and/or community health. Health here is broadly construed to include psychological, mental or physical health with a focus on the well-being of children and youth in their families, peer relations, schools, and/or cultural communities. Some examples include (but are not limited to) candidates whose research examines:
● Cultural assets that promote healthy development in the contexts of inequities related to gender, ethnicity/race, social class, and/or sexuality.
● Conditions and practices that leverage the psychological strengths of children from historically under-served backgrounds in the U.S. or other countries.
● Familial, peer, educational, political, cultural, technological, and/or economic systems related to healthy psychological development.
● Health systems and community health services as contexts for children’s and youth’s psychological health, well-being, and resilience.

Ideal candidates will be able to teach for both Psychology and the new UCSC Global and Community Health Program (https://transform.ucsc.edu/work/gch/), an interdisciplinary program with research foci spanning Psychology and the social determinants of health and health policy (with health broadly construed).

Applicants should be actively engaged in research with the promise of continued research productivity. In addition, they should be capable of teaching courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels, including core courses in the new BA in global and community health. We are looking for candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service, including the mentoring of doctoral students. The successful candidate must work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation undergraduate students and a growing number of first-generation college students entering our doctoral program.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and other minoritized people who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who can clearly articulate their contributions to equity, diversity and justice with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable, inclusive, and diverse scholarly environment.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Department: https://psychology.ucsc.edu/

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