Bridging to Faculty Post-doctoral Position

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Educational Psychology
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The UIC Department of Educational Psychology, through the UIC Bridging to Faculty Post-Doctoral Scholars Program, seeks to hire an exceptional scholar whose work focuses on immigrant families, ideally from a family resilience and family systems perspective. We are interested in a scholar whose work explores the complexity of immigrant families (e.g., undocumented status, transnational ties, role of status and home-school relationships, or other related topics) and how shifting social, historical, and political contexts impact family systems and a family’s ability to thrive. This person will contribute to a growing research signature within the department focused on the health, development, and learning of young people and families from underrepresented groups, as well as young people and families living in urban contexts. In addition, this person will primarily contribute to the BA program in Human Development and Learning with the potential to work with faculty and students across our programs within the department (M.Ed. programs in Early Childhood Education, Youth Development, and Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment and PhD in Educational Psychology).

The Bridging to Faculty Post-Doctoral Scholars Program is a University-level initiative to increase the pipeline toward faculty diversity at UIC. The position is a two-year post-doctoral fellowship within the Department of Educational Psychology with the potential to be hired as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the completion of the two years. Selected scholars will have the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural cohort of 10 Bridging to Faculty Post-Doctoral Scholars. The primary expectation for the post-doctoral scholars will be to begin a program of research. This includes: 1) submitting relevant manuscripts, with at least one coming from their dissertations, for publication, 2) at least one conference or professional meeting presentation proposal each year of the postdoc at relevant professional conferences, and 3) identifying stakeholders with whom they would partner in order to begin their research plan at UIC. It is expected that the post-doctoral scholar in Educational Psychology would research and identify extramural funding opportunities and develop a draft of the extramural funding application in consultation with our Office of Research in the College of Education. The postdoc will be expected to develop and teach one undergraduate class each year of their post-doctoral position: one upper division seminar in their area of expertise and one service course for the department.

The post-doctoral scholar will have access to institutional and departmental initiatives specifically designed to support the development of a successful assistant professor. This unique post-doctoral opportunity provides a structured opportunity to be mentored while building a successful teaching portfolio and a program of research with access to individualized supports for academic productivity.


An earned Ph.D. in Family Social Science, Human Development, Psychology, Social Work or related field by August 14, 2020. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise/background in family resilience and family systems perspectives as they pertain to immigrant families. Highly qualified candidates will have a record of (or demonstrated potential for) academic publication, experience working on grant-funded projects and a commitment to obtaining external funding for research, and some experience (or demonstrated potential for) teaching at the undergraduate level.

Organization Summary

UIC is a public, urban, Research 1 university located in the heart of Chicago. Recognized as one of the most diverse research-intensive universities in the United States. UIC has been federally
designated as a Minority Serving Institution, a Hispanic Serving Institution, and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. UIC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

For inquiries about this position contact Dr. Dalal Katsiaficas, [email protected], or Dr. Michael Thomas, [email protected], Co-Chairs of the Search Committee.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution/employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

University of Illinois at Chicago
1040 W. Harrison St., MC 147, College of Education
Chicago, IL 60607
United States

How to Apply

Please submit application materials electronically at no later than November 30, 2019 for full consideration. These materials should include (a) a cover letter addressing fit with expectations for the position; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) research statement d) teaching statement (e) diversity, equity, and inclusion statement and (f) the names of and contact information for three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Application Deadline
No later than November 30, 2019 for full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.