San Francisco State University, Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) offers two (2) exciting opportunities for tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, one (1) in Developmental Science (teaching and research interests in developmental science, child and adolescent development, and research methods) and the other in Child & Youth Development in Elementary Schools (teaching and research interests in applied child and adolescent development, social justice, and professional and career development in child and adolescent development) beginning August 9, 2023. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to centering social and racial justice and advancing the diversity and excellence of our academic community, department and program.
The CAD Department started as an interdisciplinary academic program in Fall 1998 and became a stand-alone academic department in the College of Health & Social Sciences in 2008. We have a highly diverse enrollment of approximately 750 students (49% underrepresented minorities), with an impressive 32% going on to pursue post-baccalaureate graduate programs (double the university average). Through a social justice lens, CAD values teaching and experiential learning that incorporates diversity of background and experiences, current and relevant research, and high-quality instruction. The CAD curriculum is designed to ensure that diversity and cultural issues are a strong and continuing theme throughout the core coursework, which prepares students in their work as advocates for children, youth, and families. Our emphasis on creating a diverse workforce with a high level of knowledge and competency applies to all three concentrations (i.e., Early Care & Education, Elementary Education Teaching Pre-Credential, and Community, Health, & Social Services). We actively engage with our stakeholders to ensure the CAD major is meeting the needs of students, the community, and professionals in the field.
The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
- Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
- Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
- Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
- Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
- Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
- Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate teaching in applied developmental science in child and adolescent development and research methods, mentoring and advising undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty focused on social justice and equity, and ongoing committee and service assignments.
- Ph.D. or Ed.D.in Human Development, Education, Developmental Science, Developmental Psychology, or a closely related field from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
- Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students
- Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
- Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically marginalized communities
- Record of teaching contributions in the areas of: developmental science, child and adolescent development, research methods, and supervision of interns.
- Active record of scholarship related to specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities.
- Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments
Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please go to
to begin the application process and upload the following materials:
1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity and equity in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed diversity, equity, and justice in your teaching, research, and service.
4. Teaching evaluations (if applicable)
5. Contact information of three references
Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.
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Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.
San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page (https://hr.sfsu.edu/about-hr ).