Assistant or Associate Professor of Adolescence / Youth, Identity Development & Educational Ju...

Assistant or Associate Professor of Adolescence / Youth, Identity Development & Educational Justice

Seattle, WA
Open Date:
Aug 15, 2019

The University of Washington Seattle campus is located on the ancestral and traditional territory of the Duwamish people in beautiful Seattle, Washington. We acknowledge the ancestral homelands of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Tulalip, and other Coast Salish peoples who have always and continue to walk these lands. We acknowledge their continued sovereignty of these lands. We acknowledge the mountains, water, plants, animals, and other natural world relations on whose territory we continue to live and work.

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE, College of Education, seeks to fill a nine-month, full-time position for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Learning Sciences and Human Development with a focus on adolescence/youth, identity development, and educational justice. Strong candidates will have active research agendas focused on the social construction of identities across formal and/or informal learning contexts from an equity and justice perspective. Research examining the intersections of race, culture, gender, class, sexuality, or other dimensions with attention to systemic power dynamics, is preferred. We are especially interested in someone who brings expertise in:

  • Psychological or anthropological methods of studying human development over time along multiple timescales and units of analysis from social, sociocultural, and/or sociopolitical perspectives
  • Processes of identity construction that focus on: (1) the development of contexts that positively shape youth identities, and (2) adolescents’ agency and engagement in construction and negotiation of multiple identities (e.g., in family or community life, in educational settings, across settings, towards desired futures)
  • Critical theoretical perspectives on developmental theories and methods (e.g., decentering Western views of development and the privileging of WEIRD populations in studies,
  • Partnering with other researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders in Indigenous and other minoritized communities across multiple levels of educational systems (e.g., tribal nations and communities, schools, districts, higher education, youth-serving organizations); Indigenous perspectives on adolescence/youth, identity development, and educational justice

A successful candidate will bring a demonstrated commitment to examining and contributing to equitable educational opportunities and systemic transformation (e.g., attending to issues of race, culture, class, and colonization in knowing, learning, and behavior; building equity-focused capacity across learning organizations through design-based research; examining long-term change in developmental trajectories; considering cultural and social justice benefits of connecting different knowledge and learning systems). Our area within the College of Education brings together scholars of the learning sciences and human development; colleagues whose work bridges these fields are particularly welcome.

For appointment as an Associate Professor, the applicant must have a demonstrated record of research, publication, and external funding; successful teaching and advising; and service consistent with standards for rank and tenure.

The faculty member will teach courses on related topics for Ph.D., M.Ed., and undergraduate students across the College and be a main contributor to teacher preparation programs (e.g., the secondary Master in Teaching Program). The faculty member will join a team of highly collaborative learning scientists who work closely with faculty across the College and University on research projects, courses, and partnerships with school systems, informal educational institutions, and community organizations that address essential gaps in knowledge and practice related to educational equity and social transformation. The College of Education is committed to continuing to build its capacity for community-engaged work with American Indian / Alaska Native youth, families, and communities and is especially interested in candidates whose work centers Indigenous knowledge systems and engages culturally grounded and culturally resurgent practices.

The UW College of Education, the nation’s No. 5-ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to making excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and closing opportunity gaps. Members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our College’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The University of Washington is committed to building a vibrant environment for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Our growing infrastructure includes the Department of American Indian Studies; the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; the Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility opened in 2015; the Burke Museum’s Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Indian Art; and the newly developing Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.


All candidates must have an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent in a relevant field or discipline such as learning sciences, human or adolescent development, educational or social psychology, educational or linguistic anthropology.

Application Instructions:

(1) A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, explanation of your research agenda, and evidence of teaching and partnerships with school districts, schools, informal educational institutions, or community organizations serving youth from non-dominant or marginalized communities; (2) An equity statement embedded and called out in the letter detailing how your scholarship, teaching, and service has supported—or will support—the success of youth from minoritized backgrounds to further the College of Education’s commitment to equity and social justice; (3) Curriculum vitae; (4) Names and contact information for three references—but please do not send letters at this time as the committee will request letters for all finalists; (5) At least two examples of scholarly writing related to the themes of the search; (6) an email address for further communications. In your letter, please explicitly address how you see your present and future work as operating at the intersection of adolescence/youth, identity development, and educational justice.

Send queries about the position to Dr. Philip Bell, search chair, at [email protected].

Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio at The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence September 16, 2020.

Search committee members include: Heena Lakani [email protected], Dr. Karin Frey [email protected], Dr. Molly Shea [email protected], Dr. Joe Lott [email protected], and Dr. Jessica Thompson [email protected].

To learn more about the University of Washington ( and the College of Education (, our mission and goals, research and outreach activities, faculty, and academic programs, please visit us on the web.

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