Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Prevention Science

Washington State University
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The Department of Human Development at Washington State University is seeking a Prevention Scientist with a research agenda related to the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of community-based prevention programs and experience or interest in conducting applied research with department and community-based Extension faculty in the Youth and Families Unit ( Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist who will demonstrate an independent program of scholarly research based on a developmental perspective with expertise in one or more of the following areas: community and/or school-based prevention research, risk and protective factor research, applied and translational research, or leadership in integrated research-Extension projects. WSU Extension is nationally recognized for its statewide adaptation and dissemination of evidence-based prevention programs. This is a 9-month, tenure-track full-time faculty position to begin August 16, 2020, or as negotiated at the university's main campus in Pullman, Washington.

Responsibilities: Based on area of expertise, the candidate will develop and teach two (2) high-quality courses in the undergraduate Human Development or Prevention Science graduate curriculum each year. The candidate will advise graduate students, pursue internal and external funding, and participate in appropriate service activities expected of faculty at Washington State University.


Required: Earned Ph.D. in prevention science or a prevention science related area such as human development, developmental psychology, health promotion, family science, education, sociology, etc. prior to the date of hire; and at least one year (12 months) of research experience focused on prevention science or related topic(s).

Preferred: Evidence of ability to conduct programmatic, high quality research; Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, evaluate and/or sustain community-based prevention programs focused on outreach to individuals, families, and/or communities; Evidence of ability for quality teaching in a higher education environment; Evidence of potential to acquire external research funding; Research training and/or experience in advanced quantitative or qualitative methodological and/or analytical approaches;; Developmental perspective with applied expertise in one or more of the following areas: a) Prevention or health promotion research; b) Community and/or school-based prevention research; c) Risk and protective factor research; d) Translational research (e.g. dissemination and implementation science); e) Integrated research-extension projects; Demonstrated understanding of and/or experience in the outreach mission of land-grant universities, particularly through Cooperative Extension systems at state or national levels; and Evidence of effective communication and collaboration skills with academic professionals, support staff, students, and diverse constituencies.

Organization Summary

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and Extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett, and Global) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Washington State University
501 Johnson Tower
Pullman, WA 99163
United States

How to Apply

To apply, visit Applications must include the following materials: 1) A letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications; 2) a statement of research interests; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (no longer than one page; 4) A current curriculum vitae; and 5) the names, addresses and contact information for three people willing to serve as professional employment references. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required and letters will be automatically requested and obtained from the reference provider through the WSU online application system. Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Weybright, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected] or 509-335-2130 for questions about this position. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. For a complete position description listing all required and desired qualifications and application process, visit (Search #130314). For additional information on Washington State University, the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences or the Department of Human Development, visit, and

Application Deadline
Screening of application materials begins October 31, 2019 and will continue until position is filled.