THE ELIOT-PEARSON DEPARTMENT OF CHILD STUDY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Applied Developmental Science to begin September 1, 2024. 

We seek a colleague who shares our holistic, strengths-based, community-engaged perspective and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice (DEIJ). The department is well-known for applied research and learner-centered teaching that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers working in clinical, educational, community-based, and policy-oriented settings with children, youth, families, and communities. See http://ase.tufts.edu/epcshd/ for more information about the department, its programs, and research centers.


We invite applicants whose scholarship represents the integration of research and practice, including the application of research to prevention and intervention programs, governmental and organizational policies, and community and civic engagement. Because this position will be part of a cluster hire with a focus on addiction and recovery, areas of scholarly interest may include (but are not limited to): early childhood/family mental and physical health and well-being; social disparities in well-being and the systemic issues serving as barriers (e.g., lack of access to resources) or supports to thriving; family centered (two-generation) programs addressing problems of substance use disorders (SUDs) and effects on parental recovery, maternal health, and infant/early childhood development; social policy and programs and their impact on addiction and recovery in marginalized communities with particular emphasis on health equity. Importantly, we are searching for a scholar who emphasizes strengths-based approaches to engaging with families and communities impacted by inequities (e.g., due to structural, institutional, and systemic racism, segregation, colonization) related to issues of substance use and misuse. It is imperative that the scholar’s approach includes an asset-based lens that invites and engages partnerships by recognizing and leveraging the strengths present among people and communities that have been marginalized. For example, a participatory researcher working with marginalized communities might address the impact of disparities in communities’ access to addiction and recovery resources. Further, they might participate in co-developing with community members strengths-based, culturally sustaining interventions to prevent SUD. A policy-focused scholar might have expertise in local, national, and/or global approaches to understanding the impacts (including health impacts) of years of systemic inequities in policies and programs on children and families. We are also interested in colleagues who embrace a multidisciplinary approach and a systems orientation, recognizing the interconnections of different levels of the human ecology.

About Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development Department

Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.