Assistant Professor, Human Development - Washington State University in Vancouver Washington

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Washington State University

Vancouver, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Department of Human Development within the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University seeks a Ph.D. level faculty member with an applied lifespan perspective who combines strong, interdisciplinary research skills and a community application. Applications are invited for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track Faculty position to begin August 16, 2016 or as negotiated at the Vancouver, Washington campus.

Human Development is a multidisciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the lifespan. Through our teaching, research, and outreach programs, we promote the healthy development of children, adults, and their families in the state of Washington and throughout the nation.

Human development is the study of how children, youth, adults, and families develop, change, and face challenges throughout the life span (childhood, adolescence, adulthood). A degree in human development prepares for a successful career in a variety of human services and/or educational settings.

Based on this area of expertise, the Assistant Professor will develop and deliver high quality courses in the Human Development undergraduate and graduate curriculum and collaborate with colleagues. The successful candidate will establish an independent program of scholarly research related to any of the following areas: a) social and health disparities; b) program development, implementation and evaluation c) community collaborative approaches; and d) translational research; leading to refereed (i.e., peer-reviewed) scholarship, and write proposals pursuing internal and external funding. Other responsibilities include advising undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring of student activities and organizations, and serving the university, college, department, professional organizations, and participate in appropriate service activities expected of faculty at Washington State University.

Required Qualifications

Earned Ph.D. in human sciences, such as Human Development and Family Sciences, Community Public Health, Psychology, Prevention Science or Social Work with an emphasis in community policy or prevention and/or a related area by the hire date; and

Strong methodological training and skills relevant to disciplinary area.

Preferred Qualifications

One or more years of postdoctoral knowledge and training;

Demonstrated ability to conduct programmatic, high quality research;

Record of scholarly activities and publication;

Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering graduate level courses;

Record of competitive ability to acquire external research funding;

Demonstrated ability in a variety of methodological approaches (e.g. longitudinal data analysis techniques, multilevel and mixed modeling, growth curve analyses, causal inferences);

Lifespan perspective with applied expertise in one or more of the following areas:
—Research in social and health disparity issues related to race/ethnicity, ability, class, gender, sexual orientation, or other dimensions of difference and social justice.
—Human service program development, implementation and evaluation and/or policy research.
—Community collaborative approach (e.g. community based participatory research)
Translational research (e.g. dissemination and implementation science)

Expertise in one or more of the following content areas:
—Middle Childhood
—Emerging Adulthood
—Middle Adulthood

Ability to support the campus strategic goal of advancing diversity; and

Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills.

Monthly Salary

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The Department of Human Development (HD) at WSU offers a B.A. program in Human Development at campuses in Pullman and Vancouver, and through the Global Campus. Undergraduate students can choose an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, Adolescence, Family Studies, or Gerontology. We are committed to preparing students for success. Each undergraduate student in the HD program completes an internship or practicum experience that gives them a competitive edge when pursuing careers in education, human resources, family services, or other social services. Students interested in pursuing an advanced human development degree can earn an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Prevention Science at Pullman, Spokane, and Vancouver campuses. The program is the first of its kind in the nation and brings together faculty from human development, health communication, educational psychology, community nursing, psychology, kinesiology, sociology and WSU Extension. As part of Project Healthy Campus—a Pullman initiative to integrate and evaluate health promotion programs for students—full-time Ph.D. students in Prevention Science are funded as teaching, research, or graduate assistants. HD faculty work closely with WSU Extension faculty across the state on a range of integrated research-extension projects involving children and their families, including obesity prevention, parenting education, media literacy, and equine- assisted child development.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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