Assistant Professor of Human Development

Position description updated November 20, 2018.

The Department of Human Development at Connecticut College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of Child and Family Rights, Public Policy, and Social Justice beginning July 1, 2019.

We seek a dynamic colleague who is 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, equity, inclusivity, and community engagement. The candidate is expected to balance teaching and research responsibilities with service commitments to the department and College.

Candidates with scholarly interests in examining contemporary public and social policies and addressing connections to child or youth development within various contexts including family configuration, poverty, welfare, health disparities, mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, differential access to a quality education, and policy change for social justice are encouraged to apply.

Ideally, the candidate’s research will focus on the ways in which social policies are historically formulated, debated, and implemented to address social problems that disproportionately impact underrepresented groups—especially children and families of color. We seek a candidate with a potential for producing high-quality scholarship in the areas of child or adolescent social policy along with a demonstrated ability to teach courses that conceptually link social justice issues and the practical implementation of public policies affecting children and families.

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. The candidate will have opportunities to pursue their research and teaching interests by drawing on undergraduate research assistants, the Connecticut College Children’s Program, and/or the demographically diverse local population.

The courses for this position could include teaching sections of the introductory course on Human Development across the lifespan, Children's Rights and Public Policy, Adolescent Development, Social Policy Analysis and Public Policy. The candidate will also have opportunities to develop new courses that draw on their scholarly interests and expertise. The normal teaching load is five courses annually, with a one-course reduction in the first year.  Faculty members are expected to contribute to the College’s Connections Curriculum program, which includes a first-year seminar component. Salary is competitive. Tenure-track faculty receive a semester’s leave at full salary after their successful third year review.

To apply, submit: 1) cover letter and candidate’s current C.V.; 2) separate statements on teaching philosophy, research interests; courses taught; 3) graduate transcripts; 4) four letters of recommendation; 5) samples of scholarly work; 6) teaching evaluations; 7) and any other relevant supporting materials to Interfolio: Please submit documents in a .pdf format. Please address your cover letter to Dr. Sunil Bhatia, Chair, Human Development Search Committee. Review of applications will begin January 7, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research.  Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity. We encourage applications from candidates who share this understanding and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, including members of historically underrepresented groups. AA/EEO.