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Research Assistant Professor

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
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Research Assistant Professor


Ctr on Children Families & the Law-1082

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Description of Work:

The UNL Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) provides an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and systemic approach to improve outcomes for children and families. This new research faculty position will join an existing team of three research faculty, including two industrial-organizational psychologists, to lead CCFL’s research and evaluation activities on three federal grants that all focus on improving and strengthening the national child welfare workforce. The three grant projects are as follows:

  1. The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Analytics (QIC-WA;, which supports child welfare agencies to design, implement, and rigorously evaluate innovative workforce strategies and use data analytics to strengthen their workforce decision-making. On that project, the new position will conduct a range of activities, including designing and supporting the implementation of workforce strategies and interventions, providing direct technical assistance and capacity-building supports to selected child welfare agencies, developing products and tools for agency use, synthesizing on selected workforce topics to produce written products for a variety of research and professional audiences, and developing research journal articles for publication.
  2. The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI; ) aims to strengthen the capacity of the child welfare and mental health workforce to use adoption-competent, trauma-informed practice as they serve diverse populations. CCFL leads the project evaluation, which includes the design and execution of a variety of training evaluation activities.
  3. The National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services ( is a new 5-year project on which CCFL leads the project evaluation, which includes a wide range of program evaluation activities designed to measure project progress and outcomes.
The selected candidate will work in a team environment to design and implement workforce interventions and conduct program evaluations of multiple workforce-related projects. Evaluation activities will include designing methodically rigorous and theoretically appropriate evaluations, collecting and managing data, using appropriate and diverse statistical analyses, and writing reports for interdisciplinary audiences, such as policymakers, child welfare administrators, and researchers. The range of evaluation work includes implementation design and logic model/theory of change development through evaluation design, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs, data collection and measure development, to analysis and reporting. This position will also have opportunities to work with the existing team to provide consultation and technical assistance to agency leaders, work with the team to write grant proposals, present research results at national conferences, and publish the results of recently completed and ongoing applied research on a variety of workforce topics.

Proposed Salary: $80,000

Lincoln, NEThe University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in a vibrant and safe city of nearly 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. As the second-largest city in Nebraska, Lincoln provides sufficient outlets for a variety of interests. Venues such as the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, which is nationally ranked among other children’s zoos, and the Lincoln Children’s Museum provide opportunities for quality, family-oriented leisure. The Haymarket District, a historic section of downtown Lincoln, houses numerous restaurants, shops, and bars. Downtown Lincoln is home to the Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Haymarket Park baseball complex, and Memorial Stadium. Additionally, Lincoln has its own airport and over 300 miles of bike trails. Find more information about Lincoln using the links below.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, research methods, program evaluation, or a closely related field.
  • Strong self-motivation.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Skill in using statistical analysis packages such as SPSS, R, STATA, or SAS.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to adapt to new situations or changes in work plans.
  • Ability to manage and balance the demands of multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel, including occasional overnight stays.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or graduate training in I-O psychology.
  • Understanding of child welfare systems.
  • Experience in the design and conduct of training evaluation.
  • Experience using Qualtrics.

Work Location (City, State):

Lincoln, NE

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the faculty information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. Names and contact information for references.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Mary Carstens

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Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

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In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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