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Assistant Professor in Applied Developmental Science, Cluster Hire Focus on Addiction and Recovery
Tufts University

Date Posted Sep. 6, 2023
Title Assistant Professor in Applied Developmental Science, Cluster Hire Focus on Addiction and Recovery
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department School of Arts & Sciences: Child Study & Human Development
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
    Assistant Professor
  • Human Development

THE ELIOT-PEARSON DEPARTMENT OF CHILD STUDY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Applied Developmental Science to begin September 1, 2024. 

We seek a colleague who shares our holistic, strengths-based, community-engaged perspective and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice (DEIJ). The department is well-known for applied research and learner-centered teaching that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers working in clinical, educational, community-based, and policy-oriented settings with children, youth, families, and communities. See for more information about the department, its programs, and research centers.

We invite applicants whose scholarship represents the integration of research and practice, including the application of research to prevention and intervention programs, governmental and organizational policies, and community and civic engagement. Because this position will be part of a cluster hire with a focus on addiction and recovery, areas of scholarly interest may include (but are not limited to): early childhood/family mental and physical health and well-being; social disparities in well-being and the systemic issues serving as barriers (e.g., lack of access to resources) or supports to thriving; family centered (two-generation) programs addressing problems of substance use disorders (SUDs) and effects on parental recovery, maternal health, and infant/early childhood development; social policy and programs and their impact on addiction and recovery in marginalized communities with particular emphasis on health equity. Importantly, we are searching for a scholar who emphasizes strengths-based approaches to engaging with families and communities impacted by inequities (e.g., due to structural, institutional, and systemic racism, segregation, colonization) related to issues of substance use and misuse. It is imperative that the scholar’s approach includes an asset-based lens that invites and engages partnerships by recognizing and leveraging the strengths present among people and communities that have been marginalized. For example, a participatory researcher working with marginalized communities might address the impact of disparities in communities’ access to addiction and recovery resources. Further, they might participate in co-developing with community members strengths-based, culturally sustaining interventions to prevent SUD. A policy-focused scholar might have expertise in local, national, and/or global approaches to understanding the impacts (including health impacts) of years of systemic inequities in policies and programs on children and families. We are also interested in colleagues who embrace a multidisciplinary approach and a systems orientation, recognizing the interconnections of different levels of the human ecology.



Candidates must possess a doctorate in child/human development, psychology, family studies, education, or a related field.  Candidates must demonstrate evidence of research productivity or strong evidence of such potential, including publications and the potential for externally funded research as well as evidence of successful teaching and applied experience. A range of methodological expertise relevant to developmental science would fit. For example, analyses of intensive longitudinal data, community based participatory research designs, leading-edge quasi-experimental research designs and mixed methods approaches for examining program and policy impact, methods of causal inference, and integrative, empowering, and equitable approaches to measurement and program evaluation. Experience working on interdisciplinary projects, program evaluation, and the application of advanced developmental methods and statistics in the integration of research and practice is highly desired. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, comprising both core courses in the curriculum and more specialized courses in the area of the candidate’s expertise.


Application Instructions

All applications are submitted via Interfolio, at  

Interested candidates should send a letter of application; curriculum vita; statements on research, teaching, and their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in teaching, research, mentoring and service; three representative scholarly publications, and confidential letters from three colleagues. For questions, please contact Mary Ellen Leone, Department Manager, at Review of applications will begin October 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check.

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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