Assistant Research Professor within Human Services (EDHS) at the Center for Advanced Study of T...

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-14
Req: R0021074

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia seeks applicants for up to two Research Assistant Professors at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). We are looking for applicants whose research focuses on understanding and addressing individual and institutional racial biases in early childhood education (ECE) contexts. We define ECE contexts inclusive of birth to 3rd grade settings and welcome applicants whose research is focused within the early elementary grades.

Example areas of focus within the ECE context include but are not limited to:

  • Research-practice partnerships that seek to mitigate systemic racism in educational settings
  • Understanding how racism and bias influence the development of children from marginalized backgrounds (i.e., children from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, children who are English Language Learners)
  • Supporting learning and positive social, academic, and identity development in children from marginalized backgrounds
  • Understanding and promoting equity and anti-racism in ECE contexts
  • Interventions that address racial bias and promote anti-racist interactions within classrooms
  • Strengthening home-school partnerships for families from minoritized backgrounds
  • Supporting educators and educational settings in implementing evidence-based practices to reduce inequities and promote use of culturally responsive practices

The incumbent will work with faculty on current projects including statewide research, practice, and policy partnerships with the Virginia Department of Education including the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP), and Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction (AEII). They will also be involved in a William T. Grant Foundation-funded randomized controlled trial to test the impact of a teacher-student relational intervention, Banking Time, to reduce the discipline gap between Black and White early elementary students. Other projects may include those housed within the YouthNex Center and the IES-funded National Center for Rural School Mental Health, which are focused on teachers’ use of culturally responsive practices, racial literacy, social-emotional learning, positive behavior support, and anti-racist programming. The incumbent is expected and will be supported to develop a successful program of research as evidenced by publications in refereed journals and sponsored research.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, or a related field
  • A focus on understanding and addressing individual and institutional racial biases in ECE contexts (broadly defined as birth to 3rd grade settings)
  • A minimum of two years of experience in planning and implementing educational research (this could have occurred during graduate or post-doctoral training) that includes birth to 3rd grade settings
  • A record of scholarship within the fields of education and/or psychology that shows potential for continued growth as an independent scholar with a successful program of research
  • A commitment to diversity and equity through their scholarship
  • This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Use of a multi-disciplinary perspective including incorporation of critical race theory into their scholarship
  • Experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Demonstrated leadership, collaboration, and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a diverse team of stakeholders, deliver high quality results with minimum supervision, and meet deadlines

In alignment with UVA’s 2030 “Great and Good” strategic plan, CASTL is committed to:

  • Recruiting talented and diverse doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff.
  • Recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce and providing an inclusive and supportive environment in which staff and faculty are recognized as integral to the success of our work.
  • Promoting a culture of integrity, mutual respect, excellence, collaboration and innovation.


Review of applications will begin February 12, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

All applicants will be requested to address how they would bring a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion to the position.

Applicants should submit (preferably merged as one document):

  • A current curriculum vita
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Contact information for three professional references

Please apply through Workday, complete an application, combine/merge all materials into one PDF and submit in the resume field. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. (References will not be contacted until after in-person interviews are conducted.)

For questions about this position, please contact the Search Chair Amanda P. Williford, Research Associate Professor of Education; Associate Director for Early Childhood Education, CASTL. For questions about the application process, please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter.

Charlottesville and central Virginia offer a distinctive community for both personal and professional activities. Charlottesville is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is consistently listed among the top cities in national rankings of the most desirable places to live. It offers a thriving community, highlighted by regular literary, film, musical, theatrical, and historical festivals. For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 1/14/2021
Application Due: 5/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time