Summary of Duties: Washington State University and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) seeks a candidate to join the Human Development department and interdisciplinary Prevention Science graduate faculty. This innovative PhD program integrates theories and methodology from the disciplines of prevention science and related fields such as human development, psychology, education, economics, communication, epidemiology, and public policy. This candidate will join a dynamic group of faculty and graduate students conducting cutting edge research 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. The candidate would also join a cadre of department faculty (over 30 FTE located on the Pullman and Vancouver campuses) with combinations of teaching expectations, Extension appointments, and integrated research/outreach projects.
We are seeking a Prevention Scientist with a research agenda related to the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of community-based prevention programs and experience or interest in conducting applied research with department and community-based Extension faculty in the WSU Extension Youth and Families Unit . WSU Extension is nationally recognized for its statewide adaptation and dissemination of evidence-based prevention programs, notably the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 and Youth Advocates for Health . An important aspect of the job will be to continue to build capacity in county-based Extension Youth and Families Unit faculty in prevention science and dissemination of evidence-based programming. The Youth and Families Unit has 32 faculty members serving all 39 Washington counties and one tribal reservation site 4-H Youth Development Program
The successful candidate will demonstrate an independent program of scholarly research based on a developmental perspective with expertise in one or more of the following areas: community and/or school-based prevention research, risk and protective factor research, applied and translational research, or leadership in integrated research-Extension projects.
This position reports to the Human Development Chair at WSU Pullman campus. The Department of Human Development serves a total of over 35 graduate and 500 undergraduate students in our programs at the Pullman Campus, the WSU-Vancouver Campus, and the WSU Online program. Additional information on the Department of Human Development can be found at WSU Human Development . Information on the interdisciplinary PhD program in Prevention Science, administered by Human Development in collaboration with faculty from Health Communication, Educational Psychology, the School of Medicine, and Nursing, can be found at PhD in Prevention Science . 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: Based on area of expertise, the candidate will develop and teach two (2) high-quality courses in the undergraduate Human Development or Prevention Science graduate curriculum each year. The candidate will advise graduate students, pursue internal and external funding, and participate in appropriate service activities expected of faculty at Washington State University.
Required Qualifications: Earned Ph.D. in prevention science or a prevention science related area such as human development, developmental psychology, health promotion, family science, education, sociology, or related field prior to the date of hire; and
At least one year (12 months) of research experience focused on prevention science or related topic(s)
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.