Assistant Professor of Human Development

Connecticut College seeks applicants for a tenure track assistant professor position in health disparities and aging in the department of Human Development beginning July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will have a strong background in health disparities and aging, especially as it relates to marginalized and underrepresented groups. 

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. We view this position as bringing expertise to the department and its curriculum in a rapidly growing and critical research area, and where teaching and research can be developed in collaboration with a diverse local community. 

We seek a candidate with a potential for producing high-quality scholarship in health disparities and aging. Expertise in either one or more of following areas would make a contribution to the department’s curriculum: aging, life-span, and human development; cultural, biological, and psychological aspects of aging; mental health and aging, disparities in aging and chronic diseases; caregiving and innovations; public policy, health care and reform; poverty, family dynamics and intergenerational issues, death, dying and palliative care in later life, and COVID-19 and pandemic’s disproportionate impacts. We are particularly interested in individuals whose research program delineates the intersections of physical and mental health and aging by race, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or sexual orientation.  

Required qualifications: PhD in human development or a related field such as developmental psychology, gerontology, public health, and potential of successful teaching at the college or university level. Preferred qualifications include a background and interest in the liberal arts context, a developing research program, and community engagement. 

The department of Human Development [https://www.conncoll.edu/academics/majors-departments-programs/departments/human-development/] 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, metacognitive, self-regulatory, and motivational processes, 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 engaged contexts.

Teaching commitments could include one section of an introductory course on human development across the lifespan, a course on aging, an upper-level course on health disparities, a research methods course (broadly defined), or an advanced research seminar on a topic negotiated by the faculty member and department. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit: 1) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Sunil Bhatia, Chair, Human Development Search Committee; 2) a curriculum vitae and names of 3 references; 3) separate statements on research and teaching to http://apply.interfolio.com/96868. We will notify candidates before asking for letters of recommendation from referees.

Our Social Difference and Power curriculum and the Public Health Pathway are especially relevant to this position. Tenure-track faculty members teach a 3-2 load. In addition to providing ongoing strong support for teaching through our Center for Teaching and Learning and research through internal funding through sources including the Dean of the Faculty’s office, the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a reduced teaching load in the first year (2-2), a year-long faculty development seminar for new hires, a supplementary research fund, and a semester’s sabbatical at full salary after a successful third-year review. (For additional information on faculty resources, see https://www.conncoll.edu/employment/faculty-resources/).

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. 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, equity, and inclusion. AA/EOE. We encourage applications from candidates who share this understanding of the faculty role and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, including members of historically underrepresented groups. Salary is competitive. 

Connecticut College requires employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must present their COVID-19 vaccination record to Human Resources prior to the first day of employment. Individuals who have a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may confidentially request an exemption through the office of Human Resources. Additional COVID-19 safety protocols such as participation in weekly testing will be required of faculty, staff and students who have approved vaccine exemptions.