Asst professor - prevention science & health disparities/equity @ Washington State University

Oct 01, 2019

TITLE: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

POSITION: Permanent, full-time, 9-month, tenure-track academic faculty

LOCATION: Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

SALARY: Competitive salary commensurate with training and experience. WSU offers a professional benefit package and contributes to TIAA-CREF retirement plans.

START: August 16, 2020

The Department of Human Development at Washington State University within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) seeks candidates for a tenure- track Assistant Professor with scholarly expertise in prevention science and health disparities/health equity. The successful candidate will join a cadre of Human Development department faculty with diverse research interests, teaching expectations, and outreach agendas via Extension and community partnerships. In addition, the candidate will join the faculty in the interdisciplinary Prevention Science doctoral program. This innovative PhD program was the first of its kind in the U.S. and integrates theories and methodology from multiple disciplines. Prevention Science faculty include faculty members from human development, psychology, education, communication, medicine, and nursing. ( Students in the program receive training in the three foundational areas of prevention science: 1) developmental epidemiology and public health; 2) research methods and statistics; and 3) program development, implementation, and institutionalization. Our dynamic faculty and graduate students conduct cutting edge projects in both the generation of research-based knowledge and its translation into effective programs and policies that positively affect the well- being of individuals, families, and communities. This position reports to the Human Development Chair. The Department of Human Development is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.


We seek a colleague who can establish an independent program of scholarly research in prevention science leading to refereed (i.e., peer-reviewed) scholarship related to promoting equity and reducing health disparities/health equity in child, family, and community health. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, social/emotional development; social and epigenetic determinants of health and/or intergenerational trauma; and intersectionality. In addition, we desire a candidate whose scholarly work has implications for advancing the field of prevention science as it relates to health disparities/health equity. Examples of this focus include, but are not limited to, expertise in program development, implementation, and evaluation; research on points

of intervention on the social determinants of health before they give rise to inequalities; and applied/translational research.

Based on this area of expertise, the successful candidate may develop courses and will teach two graduate or undergraduate classes per semester on topics pertaining to human development or prevention science and will collaborate with colleagues on curriculum decisions. Other responsibilities include mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, pursuing internal and external funding, and participating in appropriate service activities expected of all tenure-track faculty at Washington State University. The candidate will be a fully integrated member of the Department of Human Development, which spans two campuses and online, and will actively contribute to the strategic goals of the department, including high-quality teaching, growth of the graduate program in Prevention Science, and increased acquisition of external funding for research.



  • Earned Ph.D. in human development or related area such as developmental psychology, prevention science, health promotion, family science, education, social work, sociology, or any related discipline by the date of hire; and 
  • Evidence of research experience focused on health disparities/health equity.


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct programmatic, high-quality research;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering undergraduate and graduate level courses;
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to acquire external research funding;
  • Strong research training and/or teaching experience in advanced quantitative or qualitative methodological approaches;
  • Evidence of effective communication and collaboration skills with academic professionals, support staff, students, and diverse constituencies; and
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas of prevention science as they relate to health disparities/health equity:
    • Research addressing origins of social determinants of health;
    • Reducing effects of social determinants of health through preventive interventions or policies;
    • Prevention program development, adaptation, implementation, and adaptation approaches that aim to reduce health disparities;
    • Testing interventions with understudied populations;
    • Economic benefits of reduction in health disparities resulting from preventive interventions;
    • Heterogeneity of response to/effects of preventive interventions across groups.


  • The Department of Human Development (HD) at WSU offers a B.A. program in Human Development at campuses in Pullman and Vancouver, and through the Global Campus. HD serves more than 500 undergraduate students who can choose an emphasis in Early Childhood Development and Care, Adolescence, Family Studies, Health Services, or Gerontology. Certification for teaching Family and Consumer Sciences is also available through the department. We are committed to preparing students for success. Each undergraduate student in the HD program completes an internship or practicum experience that gives them a competitive edge when pursuing careers in education, family services, or other social services.
  • The WSU Children's Center provides early learning programs that offer opportunities for research as well as hands-on student assignments. This program is staffed by HD faculty, professional child care providers, and 4th year HD undergraduates completing their culminating practicum experience. Researchers are welcomed into the classrooms and a large observation booth is also available. The Children's Center is a full-day year-round childcare program that serves approximately 150 children from 6 weeks to 12 years; currently about 80% of enrolled families are headed by a WSU student.
  • Students interested in pursuing an advanced degree can earn an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Prevention Science at Pullman, Spokane, and Vancouver campuses. The program is the first of its kind in the nation and brings together faculty from human development, health communication, educational psychology, community nursing, psychology, kinesiology, the Elson S. Floyd Medical School, and WSU Extension.
  • HD faculty work closely with WSU Extension faculty across the state on a range of integrated research-extension projects involving children and their families, including obesity prevention, parenting education, media literacy, animal-assisted interventions, social justice, families in rural settings, development of healthy emotional and physiological regulation, child welfare system, youth who experience foster care, healthy aging, family gerontology, elder abuse, decision making in birth and birth care, sexuality, substance abuse, and more.

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The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 12 academic departments and schools and 4 extension units distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well- being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.

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Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in

Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six statewide campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett, and Online Global) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

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Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.

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Screening of application materials begins October 25, 2019, open until filled. To apply, visit and be prepared to submit 1) a detailed letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, 2) a statement of research interests, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, 4) a current curriculum vitae, and 5) the names, addresses, and contact information for three references.

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Letters will be automatically requested and obtained from the reference provider through the WSU online application system.

For questions about the position contact: Dr. Michael Cleveland, 509-335-2870,


WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see

WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384, TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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