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Psychology: Developmental Psychology - Assistant or Early Associate Professor (Initial Review 10/15/21)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (tenured)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022

Application Window

Open date: August 5th, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Oct 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or early Associate Professor position in Developmental Psychology, with a focus on diversity and inequality in development preferably during early and middle childhood. (Tenured applicants should have no more than two years of active service after receiving tenure.) We seek to enhance our Developmental Psychology program’s long-established strengths in studying the lived experiences of children from diverse backgrounds, bridging traditionally separate areas of developmental research, and integrating cultural, interpersonal, and individual aspects of human development. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research addresses the topics of diversity and social inequality in human development using a strengths-based approach. For example, candidates’ research might focus on ways to leverage the strengths of children from historically underserved backgrounds, with attention to the familial, educational, political, technological, and/or economic infrastructure for (and barriers to) their development. As another example, candidates' research might focus on how children from different backgrounds learn to navigate intergenerational patterns of emotion and social relations. Cross-cultural work on children’s learning and communication through their everyday experiences is yet another example.

Applicants should be actively engaged in research with the promise of continued research productivity. In addition, they should be capable of teaching courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute significantly to the mentoring of graduate students. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate must work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-generation undergraduate students.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past 10 (ten) years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Psychology or related field. The successful candidate must have both a record of empirical research and a record of teaching. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by September 30, 2022.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Degree requirements must be met by September 30, 2022 for employment effective beyond that date.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application

  • Statement of Research - Research statement describing your program of research

  • Statement of Teaching - Teaching statement describing your teaching experience and teaching interests

  • Most significant reprints or preprints

  • Most significant reprints or preprints

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (Optional)

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (Optional)

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.

Apply link: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01119

Help contact: psycdept@ucsc.edu

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at roberts@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California