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Department of Human Ecology- Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 27th, 2018
Last review date: September 24th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: March 31st, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Human Ecology, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Human Development with an emphasis in Adult Development and Aging. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position that includes the expectation of mission-oriented research and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).

The Department of Human Ecology is seeking applicants that focus on Adult Development and Aging; any domain(s) of human development (e.g., biological, environmental, sociocultural, mental health, and neurocognitive) will be considered. Candidates whose work focuses on these and related topics in diverse populations and/or who are interested in health disparities in adult development and aging are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will coordinate with existing departmental colleagues who have expertise in multiple domains of lifespan human development; she/he will also have the opportunity to collaborate with departmental colleagues whose focus is on the community and/or physical environment as context(s) for human health and well-being.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in adult development and aging, to address critical or emerging societal issues in any one or more of following domains of human development: biological, environmental, sociocultural, mental health, and neurocognitive. The appointee will be responsible for teaching core (e.g., HDE 100C - Adulthood and Aging; HDE 200C - Development in Adulthood) and specialty courses in Human Development, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; the typical course load is three courses per academic year. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders. The appointee will be a member of the Graduate Group in Human Development, serving as a research mentor for graduate students.

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Education, or related field. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in adulthood and aging.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to adult development and aging, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional
references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Lisa M.S. Miller and/or Dr. Beth A. Ober, Search Committee Co-Chairs, Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis:, 530-752-3955;, 530-752-6934.

Applicants should submit materials via the following website: Additional inquiries can be directed to Dr. Lisa M.S. Miller and/or Beth A. Ober, Search Co-Committee Chairs, Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis:; The position will remain open until filled but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by September 24, 2018.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second
person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life
Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae Including Publication List

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2 (Optional)

  • Publication 3 (Optional)

  • Transcripts if within 5 years of Ph.D. degree (Optional)

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Future Research Plans relevant to Adult Development and Aging

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 4-5 required (contact information only)

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