University of California, Merced — Assistant / Associate / Full Professor of Developmental Psychology

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts invites applications for two new faculty positions in Developmental Psychology, one at Assistant Professor (tenure‐track) and one at Assistant Professor (tenure‐track), Associate Professor (tenured), or Full Professor (tenured). We seek scholars whose research focuses broadly on promoting positive development in children, adolescents, and families, or developmental issues in diverse populations. We are especially interested in research that focuses on the challenges present in the underserved, diverse populations in our region. Examples of possible research areas include, but are not limited to, individual, family, and community factors involved in the healthy development of children; mechanisms of disparities in developmental outcomes; multiculturalism; multilingualism; cultural and socioeconomic influences on development. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to join the faculty at the newest University of California campus and to engage in long‐term program building. 

In order to be considered, candidates must have a doctorate in developmental psychology or a closely related field by the position start date. The successful candidate will have a strong record of publication; interests in program‐building; and, a commitment to excellence in teaching. At the Associate/Full Professor levels, the successful candidate will have a strong record of leadership, evidence of an influential research program, and potential for grant funding or history thereof. 

We seek outstanding scholars who will conduct high‐quality research, mentor research‐driven PhD students, and teach stimulating and engaging undergraduate and graduate courses for diverse students. We desire faculty who will complement and/or enhance current research programs in Psychological Sciences, contribute to the PhD track of Developmental Psychology, and collaborate in research with colleagues and on interdisciplinary teams. 

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020. 

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than October 15, 2019, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) up to five reprints of publications; 6) a contributions to diversity statement; and, 7) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e‐mail address. 

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit‐there‐any‐guidelines‐for‐wr 

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than October 19, 2019. 

Applicants for the Associate/Full Professor level should include a list of three references with their applications; letters of reference are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time. 

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy. 

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Rose Scott at

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:  

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (‐facts), UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (