Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Human Development



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Applications are invited for the Martha Bennett ’73 endowed assistant professorship in Human Development, a tenure track position beginning fall 2013.

This position has an endowed assistant professorship that includes an annual research and travel stipend.

We seek a dynamic colleague who is passionately committed to teaching and research in a department that is noted for linking theory and research with practice, valuing interdisciplinarity, and having a strong commitment to diversity and community engagement. The candidate is expected to balance teaching and research responsibilities with service commitments to the department and college.

The candidate’s scholarly interests will include developing a research program that broadly focuses on social-emotional development in early childhood with particular reference to the interactive role of contexts such as home, family, peers, school, or community on early childhood development. Individuals whose research program focuses on varied sociocultural environments and specifically delineates how intersections of race, class, and ethnicity shape social-emotional development in early childhood are encouraged to apply.

We seek a candidate with a potential for producing high-quality scholarship in the area of social-emotional development along with a demonstrated ability to teach courses that conceptually link social-emotional development with individual differences and diverse learning environments. The ideal candidate would develop a research program that involves undergraduates and works collaboratively with Connecticut College’s Children’s Program, a fully inclusive site that serves a population of families with children from toddlerhood to age six who have diverse backgrounds and abilities.

We see the new hire as continuing a strong tradition of valuing both research and teaching and expect the candidate to develop a high-quality research program that would involve students in constructive ways. The candidate will have opportunities to pursue their research and teaching interests by drawing on an unusual base of good will and support from the community and from a demographically diverse local population.

The Human Development department is recognized for its commitment to creating a spirit of collegiality and collaborative engagement. The department faculty are active in a number of multidisciplinary research areas that include child and adolescent development, motivation, qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry, cultural dynamics of globalization, influence of media on identity, children’s rights, family policies, racial identity, and coping and resiliency within community engagement contexts.

The department has a sixty-seven year history of serving children and families; it provides extensive curricular and research opportunities for undergraduates as they work with the Children’s Program’s highly trained professional staff and faculty. Additionally, the department and the College have excellent working relationships with residents in the region and with the agencies that serve them.

The regular full-time course load at the College is five semester courses each academic year, with a one-course reduction in the first year. The courses for this position could include one section of the introductory course on human development across the life-span (its thematic focus chosen by the new faculty member), an intermediate, foundational course on Socio-emotional Development in Early Childhood, and intermediate courses on Individual Differences in Development, Research Methods, or an advanced research seminar on a topic negotiated by the faculty member. The candidate will also have opportunities to develop new courses that draw on personal scholarly interests and expertise.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. We encourage digital applications. To retain font and formatting integrity, please save documents in pdf format.

Please address your cover letter to:

Dr. Sunil Bhatia, Chair, Human Development Search Committee and upload your application materials online at hmdsearch@conncoll.edu

The application materials should contain: 1) candidate’s current C.V.; 2) a statement of specializations, teaching philosophy, research interests, and experience; 3) graduate transcripts; 4) four letters of recommendation; 5) samples of scholarly work; 6) teaching evaluations; 7) any other relevant supporting materials.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective college with a strong commitment to the liberal arts tradition that emphasizes broad interdisciplinary teaching and research. The normal teaching load is five courses annually, and faculty members are expected to contribute to the College’s general education program, which includes a first year seminar component. Salary is competitive. Tenure-track faculty receive a research stipend for their first two summers and a semester’s leave at full salary after their third year if they are reappointed for the full probationary period. Tenured faculty receive eighty percent of salary during a sabbatical year or 100% salary during a one-semester sabbatical. The College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed by mission to developing diversity and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff.

Visit the Human Development Department website.