Assistant Professor, Human Development

Washington State University
Posting Date
WSU Vancouver

Assistant Professor, Human Development

Employee Type: Faculty

Position Number: 079860

Work Location: Vancouver, WA

Summary of Duties:

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 teaching and research skills with community outreach and application. Applications are invited for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track Faculty position to begin August 16, 2020.

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. In addition to offering an undergraduate degree, the department also offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Prevention Science at the 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.

Based on her/his/their area of expertise, the Assistant Professor will develop and deliver high quality courses in the Human Development undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching (typically 4 courses/year) and supervision of undergraduate research. Teaching at the Prevention Science graduate program is an option in case of match with area of expertise. We seek a colleague who can establish an independent program of scholarly research that addresses pressing social issues related to any of the following areas: (a) Intersectionality (Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Sexuality, Disability, etc.) and its impact on human development across the lifespan; (b) Indigeneity (Indigenous Studies, Native American Studies, etc.); © Intersections of human development with social justice and public policies; (d) Immigration and its impact on individuals, families, and society; (e) Impact of inequality and injustice on development throughout life; and/or (f) Resilience against violence and systemic and historical exclusion/oppression.

The successful candidate will be expected to publish in refereed journals, present scholarly work at national and international conferences, and pursue funding adequate to area of expertise and research program. We seek scholars who will employ intersectional analysis in their teaching and research. Other responsibilities include mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, relevant student activities and organizations, serving the university, college, department, professional organizations, and participate in appropriate service activities expected of all tenure-track faculty at Washington State University.

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. We are committed to preparing students for success in our diverse, complex, and rapidly changing society and world. Undergraduate students in the HD program complete an internship or practicum experience that gives them a competitive edge when pursuing careers in education, human science, public policies, 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. 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, equine-assisted child development, social justice, families in rural settings, development of healthy emotional and physiological regulation, child welfare system, youth who experience foster care, healthy aging, family gerontology, elder abuse, decision making in birth and birth care, sexuality, substance abuse, and more.

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The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS ) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 12 academic departments and schools, and 3 extension units, distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university's land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.

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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 four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) 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.

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WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential research university dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. WSU Vancouver is located in Vancouver, WA in the southwest region of Washington State. A part of the Portland, OR metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of cultural and recreational interests including visual and performing arts, identity-specific community events, professional sports teams, and farmers' markets and nature trails. With a population of approximately 300,000, the Greater Vancouver Area has been experiencing significant growth, from increasing diversity across social identities to expansion of the downtown waterfront community. Access to a number of nearby attractions is facilitated by Vancouver's central location. The Oregon coast, Cascade mountain range, and Seattle are within 2.5 hours of Vancouver by car. It is a short flight from Portland International Airport (PDX ) to other nearby major cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno, and Vancouver, BC.

WSU Vancouver is one of 6 campuses that comprise Washington State University, Washington's land-grant university and a Tier 1 research institution. As the second largest campus in the WSU system and the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is an equity-minded campus that enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs. The campus currently offers 22 bachelor's degrees, 9 master's degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees with more than 100 tenure line faculty. A personal atmosphere, relatively small classes, and interaction with world-class faculty attract 3,500 students.

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Required Qualifications:

• Earned Ph.D. in Human Development or an allied field, with an emphasis in Intersectionality, Indigeneity, Social Justice, Immigration, or a related area, within a lifespan perspective.
• Earned degree above by the hire date, August 16th, 2020.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity and issues of just, equitable, and inclusive education.

Posting Open Date: 09/18/2019

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

Washington State University
Vancouver, WA 98686
United States

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Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.

Application Deadline
Review begins Nov. 1, 2019; open until filled