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Open Rank Tenure-Track/Tenured Professor

Erikson Institute
Chicago, Illinois

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Specialized Institutions

Erikson Institute, a premier graduate school in child development, early childhood education, social work, and child life, in Chicago, IL, is seeking to hire an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (tenure-track/tenured) with a research agenda inclusive of equity and justice to join our Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) Endorsed graduate child life program. Graduates of the child life program receive a Master of Science in Child Development, being eligible to sit for Child Life certification. 




This Open Rank search for a Tenure-Track/Tenured Professor in Child Life will complement the program’s existing strengths in developing Certified Child Life Specialists for work in hospitals and community-based health centers. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strength—or the potential to develop strengths—in scholarship, teaching, community engagement, and systems change. In addition, competitive candidates will demonstrate scholarly expertise in one or more focal areas (e.g. child and adolescent development; emotional safety and trauma-informed care; systemic healthcare inequity and medical racism; disability and ableism). 




We seek a deeply collaborative colleague interested in engaging in impactful research with disinvested communities, innovative program development, and dynamic teaching. We are seeking a colleague committed to diversity, inclusion, and racial, social, and economic justice and working with the diverse population of young children, families, and communities that call the Chicagoland area home.  Erikson Institute especially seeks to recruit and retain scholars who have lived experiences within racially, ethnically, gender or sexuality, (dis)ability, and/or socio-economically minoritized communities.  




This 10-month position includes funded time for research and scholarship. The position includes teaching a 2/2 course load per academic year, mentoring students, and engaging in program service activities—including committees, curriculum development, and program planning. Depending on the candidate’s experience, hiring will be considered at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate or Full Professor. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  




Minimum Qualifications  


A PhD or other terminal doctoral degree (e.g., PsyD, EdD) in field closely related to child life  


2+ years working as a child life specialist, in pediatric healthcare, or adjacent setting 


Ability to foster collaborative and positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and external partners   


Academic scholarship or clinical research experience with the potential to significantly impact the field of child life as visible in scholarly record of research presentations and publications  


Demonstrated record of or potential for obtaining external funding 


Ethical standards that align with the Child Life Code of Ethics 


University teaching experience 


Record of working with ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse communities 


Expertise and/or potential in graduate student mentoring and advisement  


Experience, expertise, or interest in curricular innovations prioritizing social justice 




Preferred Qualifications  


An earned certificate in child life  


An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in child development or closely aligned field  


Successful record of university teaching online and in person  


Capacity and interest to engage in program evaluation and ongoing program improvement  




This job description describes the general nature and level of work assigned to this position. It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities, and skills.






Application review begins March 1. To receive full consideration, apply no later than March 15, 2024. 




Application Materials Required  


A cover letter (no more than 3 pages) describing research interests, methodological expertise, prospective sources of grant funding, and long-term career goals 


Curriculum Vita  


Reprints of 2-3 peer-reviewed publications (within the last 3 years) or drafts of 2-3 manuscripts (submitted or under review) 


Teaching evaluations (if available) 


Reference list, not reference letters (3-4 names and contact information)


NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying; they need to be attached before the online submission process is finalized. The system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents. 




About Erikson Institute


We are the premier early childhood development organization committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.


Erikson Institute’s graduate school uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, and advocacy and policy and leadership. 


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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