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Tenure Track Child Development Faculty Position Opening

Erikson Institute
Chicago, Illinois

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Education, Child Development & Family Studies
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Erikson Institute, one of the nation’s premier graduate schools in child development, invites applications for a tenure track, open rank (assistant, associate, or full professor) faculty position in Child Development with quantitative orientation. Erikson has master’s- and Ph.D.-level programs in Child Development.

We are seeking applicants with a Ph.D. in child development, human development and family studies, developmental psychology, or a related field. Specialty area is open, but we are especially interested in building on our existing strengths in infancy and infant mental health, family support and parenting, toxic stress and trauma, developmental and social-affective neuroscience, resilience and adaptation, or prevention and intervention. Candidates who are nearing completion of doctoral work will be considered. Applicants should have a primarily quantitative methodological orientation and be prepared to advise doctoral students utilizing multivariate statistics and mixed methods in their dissertations. All faculty applicants at Erikson are required to demonstrate a track record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their scholarship and teaching, and describe their plans for using their work to advance Erikson’s mission and values in DEI.

Preferred candidates will have strong applied and/or community-engaged scholarship, teaching, and knowledge of the service systems, and cultural and political realities with which the children and families they study intersect. Candidates should also have a record of external funding commensurate with the rank.

Responsibilities of tenure track faculty include teaching graduate courses (on campus and online; generally 2 and 2); advising master’s and doctoral students; developing an active program of funded research with publications; taking a leadership role in program administration and development; engagement with the public at local, state, and regional levels; and contributing expertise to the Institute’s mission and initiatives. Erikson is home to several special projects and initiatives providing ample opportunity for multi-disciplinary collaboration and support including the Center for Children and Families, Fussy Baby Network, Center for Policy and Leadership, and the Early Teaching and Learning Academy. Additional resources are available to protect faculty time and support them in their professional goals and wellbeing.

Applications are being accepted in Fall of 2021 for a target start date of Fall of 2022. We expect to conduct interviews in mid-to-late fall semester 2021 and begin inviting finalists for job talks in early spring semester 2022. Candidates are asked to submit the following in a single PDF: a letter of application including statements of professional interests and goals related to research, teaching, and DEI; curriculum vitae, and names of three references who can speak to the quality of their research and teaching. Submit materials to: Chris Simons [email protected].

About Erikson

Founded in 1966 with a strong commitment to social justice, Erikson Institute is the nation's premier graduate school in child development. We improve the lives of young children and families through graduate and continuing education in child development, social work, and early childhood education, as well as through community programs and policy research. Erikson is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We offer a variety of employee benefits, including excellent health and dental plans, life/disability insurance, transit stipend, matching retirement contributions, and more. To learn more, please visit:

Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).

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