Assistant Professor of Indigenous Health Justice

Washington State University
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 27, 2021

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

The Department of Human Development at Washington State University invites applications for a full-time nine-month, permanent position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with appointment to the Pullman campus beginning August 16, 2022. This position is part of a faculty cluster hire initiative in the scholarship and teaching about racism and social inequality – in particular, health inequity and health justice. The university is particularly interested in hiring scholars whose research is deeply connected to communities, as a means to build on our strong tradition of engaged and applied scholarship in the department and at WSU.

 We are seeking a colleague with expertise in the study of health justice among Indigenous communities. In particular, we look forward to receiving applications from researchers who center Indigenous knowledge as a primary research paradigm; whose work is informed by a decolonizing lens; and who engage in community-led participatory research approaches that advance our understanding of the intersections among health injustices, developmental processes, and health-related outcomes. The successful candidate will have multiple opportunities for collaboration with colleagues who engage in related scholarship across the department and university system.

The successful candidate will become a valued colleague in the Department of Human Development at the WSU Pullman campus. The department serves a total of over 35 graduate and 500 undergraduate students in our programs at the Pullman Campus, the Vancouver Campus, and Online. Additional information on the Department of Human Development can be found at The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to join the graduate faculty in the interdisciplinary Prevention Science graduate program. Information on this program, administered by the Department of Human Development in collaboration with faculty from Health Communication, Educational Psychology, the School of Medicine, and Nursing, can be found at In addition, our new colleague will have rich opportunities for collaboration with WSU Extension faculty.

The Department:

The Department of Human Development is committed to a departmental climate that values and fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we are committed to the retention and success of new faculty, and as such the successful candidate will be provided with a departmental mentoring committee, peer mentors/mutual mentoring, and will have access to university programs such as the External Mentor Program (


Summary of Duties:

Our new colleague will teach in the undergraduate Human Development curriculum and/or Prevention Science graduate curriculum each semester; typical teaching load is two courses per semester. In addition, the successful candidate will engage in an active and high-quality research agenda, advise graduate students, and pursue internal and external funding. It is expected that the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to supporting first-generation and BIPOC student populations, and participate in appropriate service activities expected of faculty at Washington State University.

 Tenure Track: Yes

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

FTE: 100%

Position Term in months: 9

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. in human development or a related area such as community psychology, developmental psychology, health promotion, family science, education, sociology, etc. prior to the date of hire; and

  • At least one year (12 months) of research experience focused on health justice pertaining to members of Indigenous populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of ability to conduct programmatic, high quality research.

  • Demonstrated focus on decolonization as it relates to members of Indigenous communities.

  • Evidence of expertise in community-based participatory research.

  • Evidence of ability for quality teaching in a higher education environment.

  • Evidence of potential to acquire internal or external research funding.

  • Training and/or experience in varied qualitative approaches.

 Additional Information:

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

Area/College: College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.
Department Name: Department of Human Development
City, State, Zip: Pullman, Washington 99164
Department Link:
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Screening Begin Date: Screening of applications will begin September 15, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.
Application Instructions: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) letter of application; 3) a statement of research interests (no longer than one page); 4) a statement of teaching philosophy (no longer than one page) 5) a statement of diversity and inclusion that describes past experiences, current interests/activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that fosters diversity and inclusion; 6) the names, addresses, and contact information for three references. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required.
Required Documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of application

3) Statement of research interests

4) Statement of teaching philosophy

5) Statement of diversity and inclusion

6) Contact information and three (3) letters of recommendation

 Time Type:

Full time

 Position Term:

 WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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

 WSU 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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