Opens September 4, 2018. Application review begins October 1.

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SEATTLE, College of Education, seeks to fill two nine-month full time tenure-track positions in the area of Learning Sciences and Human Development (LSHD).  The College of Education is building its capacity for community-engaged work with American Indian /Alaska Native youth, families, and communities. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in these areas.

These positions are part of a larger cluster hire in LSHD, which will add four tenure-line faculty, working at the intersection of culture, learning and development, over the next two years. As such, the specific constellation of expertise in any individual faculty position is somewhat flexible. All successful candidates will bring a demonstrated commitment to examining and contributing to equitable educational opportunities and systemic transformation (e.g., attending to issues of race, culture, class, gender, sexuality, and colonization in knowing and learning).

Successful candidates will have an active research agenda and record of scholarly publications and external funding (or strong potential for each), and evidence or promise of successful teaching and mentoring experience, with a focus on one of the following areas:

  • Assistant or Associate Professor in Adolescent Development Within and Across Contexts (e.g., schools, communities, family, peers), involving expertise in such areas as:
    • Socioemotional learning and development
    • Social construction of identities including intersections of race, culture, gender, and sexuality
    • Developmental psychology and/or sociocultural methods
  • Assistant Professor in Community/Civic Engagement as Social Transformation, involving expertise in such areas as:
    • Development of youth agency and identity through digital media design and/or by expanding boundaries of disciplinary learning (e.g., in history, literacy, or STEM subjects);
    • Ethnographic and design-based work connecting young people, families, community organizations, and schools

The College of Education and the area of Learning Sciences and Human Development have a strong focus on equity. All candidates are expected to provide evidence of an emphasis on equity or to articulate how their research agenda builds on equity-oriented frameworks. Within the above focal areas, we are interested in scholars of human learning and development whose work or experience includes motivation, engagement, and/or supporting children, families, and/or communities affected by trauma. We are especially interested in candidates who have a strong interest in and capacity to partner with other researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders in Indigenous communities across multiple levels of educational systems (e.g., tribal nations and communities, schools, districts, higher education, youth-serving organizations). University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

For appointment as an Associate Professor, the applicant must have a demonstrated record of research, publication, and external funding; successful teaching and advising; and service consistent with standards for rank and tenure.

If hired, you would join a team of highly collaborative faculty who work closely with members of the College, University, and Puget Sound region communities on research projects, courses, and partnerships that address essential gaps in knowledge and practice related to educational equity and social transformation. You would teach graduate courses in your areas of expertise, as well as teach in the Education Community & Organizations (ECO) undergraduate major and/or our teacher preparation programs.

The UW College of Education, the nation’s No. 3-ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to making excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and closing opportunity gaps. Members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our College’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society. The University of Washington is committed to building a vibrant environment for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Our growing infrastructure includes the Department of American Indian Studies; the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; the Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility opened in 2015; the Burke Museum’s Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Indian Art; and the newly developing Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.  The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) region as well as tribes whose traditional homelands are on the Pacific Coast, east of the Cascade Mountains, along the Columbia River, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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An earned doctorate or foreign equivalent in Learning Sciences, Human Development, Educational Psychology, Educational Anthropology, or related field by time of appointment;

Application Instructions

(1) A detailed letter describing your qualifications, including academic preparation, experience, explanation of your research agenda, and how your work is situated at the intersection of culture, learning, and development; (2) A one-page equity statement detailing how your teaching, service, and scholarship examines and contributes to equitable educational opportunities and systemic transformation (e.g., attending to issues of race, culture, class, gender, sexuality, and colonization in learning and development); (3) Curriculum vitae; (4) Names and contact information for three references—but please do not send letters at this time as the committee will request letters for all finalists; (5) At least two examples of scholarly writing related to the themes of the search; (6) an email address for further communications.

Send queries about the position to Dr. Susan Nolen, search chair, at

Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence September 16, 2019.

Search committee members include: Dr. Katie Headrick Taylor (; Dr. Jodi Newman (, Dr. Filiberto Barajas-Lopez (, Dr. Carly Roberts (, Dr. Kara Jackson (, Dr. Janine Jones (, and Dr. Deborah McCutchen (

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (