Scholarly Assistant Professor, Human Development

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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 non-tenure track faculty member with an applied lifespan perspective who combines exceptional teaching skills with the capacity for providing student support. The successful candidate will deliver high quality courses in the undergraduate Human Development program, participate in academic advising, and provide leadership for student-focused initiatives.

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 and communities, in the state of Washington and throughout the nation and internationally.

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

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses (generally three courses per semester), advise undergraduate students, and participate in appropriate service activities expected of 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. All undergraduate students in the HD program complete 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. 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.

Minimum requirements:

• Earned Ph.D. in Human Development or an allied field such as Family Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology, or Social Work, with an emphasis in life-span human development.
• Earned degree by date of hire (August 16th, 2020) or agreed-upon date within the three-year term.
• At least one year of instruction in higher education.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity and issues of just, equitable, and inclusive education.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Earned PhD by date of hire (August 16th, 2020).
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality instruction to undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated applied expertise in one or more of the following content areas: lifespan human development; family sciences, human services.
  • Ability to support the campus strategic goal of advancing diversity.
  • Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Evidence of academic advising or other student support initiatives.
  • A collegial style and respect for multidisciplinary collaboration.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
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