Assistant Professor, Prevention Science, Health Equity
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 130271
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: The Department of Human Development at Washington State University within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with scholarly expertise in prevention science and health disparities/health equity. The successful candidate will join a cadre of Human Development department faculty with diverse research interests, teaching expectations, and outreach agendas via Extension and community partnerships. In addition, the candidate will join the faculty in the interdisciplinary Prevention Science doctoral program. This innovative PhD program was the first of its kind in the U.S. and integrates theories and methodology from multiple disciplines. Prevention Science faculty include faculty members from human development, psychology, education, communication, medicine, and nursing. PhD in Prevention Science .
Students in the program receive training in the three foundational areas of prevention science: 1) developmental epidemiology and public health; 2) research methods and statistics; and 3) program development, implementation, and institutionalization. Our dynamic faculty and graduate students conduct cutting edge projects in both the generation of research-based knowledge and its translation into effective programs and policies that positively affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
This position reports to the Human Development Chair. The Department of Human Development is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.
RESPONSIBILITIES: We seek a colleague who can establish an independent program of scholarly research in prevention science leading to refereed (i.e., peer-reviewed) scholarship related to promoting equity and reducing health disparities/health equity in child, family, and community health. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, social/emotional development; social and epigenetic determinants of health and/or intergenerational trauma; and intersectionality. In addition, we desire a candidate whose scholarly work has implications for advancing the field of prevention science as it relates to health disparities/health equity. Examples of this focus include, but are not limited to, expertise in program development, implementation, and evaluation; research on points of intervention on the social determinants of health before they give rise to inequalities; and applied/translational research.
Based on this area of expertise, the successful candidate may develop courses and will teach two graduate or undergraduate classes per semester on topics pertaining to human development or prevention science and will collaborate with colleagues on curriculum decisions. Other responsibilities include mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, pursuing internal and external funding, and participating in appropriate service activities expected of all tenure-track faculty at Washington State University. The candidate will be a fully integrated member of the Department of Human Development, which spans two campuses and online, and will actively contribute to the strategic goals of the department, including high-quality teaching, growth of the graduate program in Prevention Science, and increased acquisition of external funding for research.
Required Qualifications: Earned Ph.D. in human development or related area such as developmental psychology, prevention science, health promotion, family science, education, social work, sociology, or any related discipline by the date of hire; and
Evidence of research experience focused on health disparities/health equity.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.