Assistant Research Professor/Sr. Scientist for Bilingual Learning for the Children's Equity Project

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Sociology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Children’s Equity Project (CEP) in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University is seeking an assistant research professor/senior scientist for bilingual learning. This is a full-time, fiscal-year, benefits-eligible appointment. The successful candidate will have an unwavering commitment to equity, and professional interests and experiences that reflect the goals and mission of the CEP. They will have deep expertise on emergent bilingual children, bi/multilingual development, and dual language immersion approaches. The individual will demonstrate knowledge in the intersection between language and disability. The individual should have a strong understanding of local, state, and federal policy as it relates to young children, and familiarity with early learning and K-12 education systems. The individual will have a strong grounding in developmental science, and advanced training in research methods and data analysis. 

The individual will contribute to a variety of policy, research, and practice projects to advance the CEP’s mission and will play a lead role in helping shape the CEP’s policy and practice-focused work related to dual language learners, immigrant children, and Latinx communities. This work includes, but is not limited to, data analysis and policy report writing; assisting with and/or leading the development of new tools and resources to advance equity in practice; and conducting applied research in line with the CEP’s mission and vision. 

This position can be located in Tempe, AZ or remotely.

Essential Duties

  • Analyze, interpret, and write about federal, state, and local policy data on equity issues in learning settings, specifically focused on dual language learners (DLLs), immigrant children and families, and Latinx communities
  • Contribute to the CEP’s strategic direction in advancing equity for DLLs, immigrant children and families, and Latinx communities.
  • Partner with states and local communities to advance equity in policy for DLLs, immigrant children and families, and Latinx communities.
  • Assist with and/or lead in the development of applied tools to advance equity in learning systems for DLLs, with an emphasis on expanding access to high-quality bilingual learning opportunities.
  • Conduct novel research to increase our understanding of policy effectiveness in promoting equity for DLLs, immigrant children and families, and Latinx communities
  • Contribute to writing grant applications to secure funding to grow this work
  • Participate in and contribute to CEP network convenings and meetings
  • Manage multiple competing priorities aligned with the CEP’s mission and goals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in education, public policy, school psychology, social work, family and human development, or related field by time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood equity issues, specifically focused on dual language learners, immigrant families, and Latinx communities
  • Experience in of emergent bilingual development and best practices to support learning
  • Experience in of the intersection between disability and language
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research and data analysis skills 
  • Experience in of early care and education and K-12 education systems

 Desired Qualifications

  • Bi/multilingual 
  • Experience in policy development, implementation, or advocacy or policy-focused research 
  • Experience with applied work, including coaching, training and technical assistance, especially as it relates to DLLs, immigrant children and families, and Latinx communities in early learning settings
  • Experience managing complex data system and conducting quantitative analyses


Applications will be accepted through Interfolio, at Please submit 1.) a letter of interest describing your research interests, 2.) curriculum vitae, and 3.) two samples of written work, 4.) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.  Review of completed applications will begin on  August 10, 2021, and will continue each week thereafter until the search is completed. For additional information, please feel free to contact Shantel Meek, Professor of Practice, and Janniqua Dawkins, Program Manager,

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences values our cultural and intellectual diversity and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 

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