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Assistant Professor in Applied Developmental Science
Tufts University

Date Posted Dec. 21, 2022
Title Assistant Professor in Applied Developmental Science
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering: School of Arts & Sciences: Child Study & Human Development
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Human Development
    Family Studies/Child Development
    Social Sciences - General
    Psychology - General
    Psychology - Developmental

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, 2023. 

We seek a colleague whose work highlights the optimization of human potential as the foundation for thriving and active, positive community engagement among children, youth, and families. Candidates must share Eliot-Pearson’s holistic, strengths-based perspective and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice (DEIJ). The department is well-known for preparing undergraduate and graduate students for careers working in clinical, educational, and policy-oriented settings with children, youth, and families in diverse and interconnected communities and contexts. 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 programs, governmental and organizational policies, and community and civic engagement. Areas of interest may include (but are not limited to): child/youth/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; using digital tools and literacies to enhance well-being of children and adolescents; the arts (e.g., music, dance, drama) and optimization of human potential; and using a community-based participatory research lens for studies in any of these or other relevant areas. We are interested in colleagues who embrace a multidisciplinary approach and a systems orientation, recognizing the interconnections of different levels of the human ecology, including a global focus.



Candidates must possess a doctorate in child/human development, psychology, family studies, education, or a related field.  Applicants’ research and teaching interests should fit within a wide variety of areas as described above. Candidates must demonstrate strong evidence of research productivity and potential, including publications and the potential for externally funded research as well as evidence of successful teaching and applied experience. We are especially interested in scholars with demonstrated experience in the application of advanced developmental methods and statistics relevant to developmental science; for example, analyses of intensive longitudinal data, community based participatory research designs, mixed methods approaches, 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 areas such as: socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic disparities in child and family well-being; social and government policies and programs; using digital tools or literacies or the arts to support well-being; and/or research designs and advanced statistical methods.


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 the names of three colleagues who could be contacted for reference letters. For questions, please contact Mary Ellen Leone, Department Manager, at Review of applications will begin Oct 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check and meeting the University’s current COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

  • 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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