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Assistant Professor in Child and Family Development

Department of Child and Family Development
San Diego, California
Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 29, 2022

The Department of Child and Family Development (CFD) at San Diego State University seeks applicants for a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position with a research program focused on the identities and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and others (LGBTQ+) children, youth, students, families, and/or educators with a focus on the intersectionality of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ issues. The position will begin Fall 2023. Applicants must hold an earned doctorate by Fall 2023 in Family Studies, Child Development, Human Development and Family Science, Psychology (Developmental or Clinical/Counseling Psychology), Sociology, Social Work, Education, or a closely related social science or mental health field. 

The overarching criterion for a successful candidate is a demonstrated record of success in teaching, service, and/or mentoring historically marginalized students. San Diego State University is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution that resides on Kumeyaay land. In addition, San Diego State University is listed as Campus Pride Index’s Best of the Best Colleges and Universities in the United States for its support of LGBTQ+ students. A commitment to these students as well as students from other minoritized groups (e.g., African American, Latinx, Native American, Southeast Asian) is a key commitment of the department. 


  • Maintain an active research agenda that specifically addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to the candidates’ area of research focus
  • Maintain an active research agenda, securing extramural funding, and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals
  • Teach and advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the CFD program 
  • Participate in service at the department, college, and the university level
  • Collaborate with department faculty and staff in departmental governance, program development, scholarship and service
  • Serve as an active member of relevant scholarly societies and/or professional associations or professional organizations or campus committees that advance historically marginalized populations
  • Mentor or advise individual students from historically marginalized populations
  • Provide professional development-related services to the broader community 

Required Qualifications:   

  • Doctorate degree in Family Studies, Child Development, Human Development and Family Science, Psychology (Developmental or Clinical/Counseling Psychology), Sociology, Social Work, Education, or a closely related social science field. Doctoral students who will have their doctorate degree by the start of the position are eligible to apply. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in scholarship and teaching as it relates to the identities and experiences of LBGTQ+ students, families, and educators with an intersectionality of BIPOC issues.


We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically marginalized groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with historically marginalized populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for historically marginalized students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring historically marginalized students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of historically marginalized populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an historically marginalized group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages historically marginalized communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.


To Apply:

Apply via Interfolio at [Interfolio URL]. Candidates should submit:

  1. Cover letter 
  2. Curriculum Vitae 
  3. Diversity Statement (which clearly discusses how the candidate meets two of the eight BIE criteria)
  4. Names and contact information of three (3) references
  5. Candidates invited for in-person interviews will be asked to submit three (3) letters of recommendation

About the Child and Family Development Department: 

The SDSU Child and Family Development (CFD) Department’s mission is to prepare anti-racist, anti-bias professionals to address contemporary issues that affect the development, health, and well-being of children, youth, adults, families, and communities. This mission is accomplished through a culturally responsive curriculum with a strong emphasis on social-emotional development, social justice, and equity-minded education. The program represents an interdisciplinary field of study with the basic assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and public policy. The Department's emphasis on reducing structural inequities through community-based outreach, prevention, advocacy, innovative research, theory application, and inclusive practices provides CFD students with a strong foundation for training and careers in education, health-related professions, human services, law, academia, and other meaningful fields of work. 

See our website at for more information.


About SDSU:

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


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