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Developmental Psychology - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Faculty - Human Development, Probationary, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

California State University, Fresno

College of Science and Mathematics

Department of Psychology

Title:          Developmental Psychology

Rank:         Assistant Professor

Status:       Tenure Track

Start:         Fall 2021 (August 2021)

California State University, Fresno invites applications for a tenure­track position in Developmental Psychology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be broadly trained in developmental psychology with preferred expertise in developmental psychobiology, cognitive development or quantitative methods. Candidates should show evidence of effectiveness in teaching and have an active research program that can involve both undergraduate and master level students. The workload is 15 Weight Teaching Units (WTUs) per semester, generally comprised of 12 WTUs of instruction and 3 WTUs of non-instructional activities.  Non-instructional responsibilities typically include, but are not limited to, advising students, participating in program development, and committee service at all levels of university governance. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students:  California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Our Department: The department supports a collegial, multidisciplinary-oriented faculty dedicated to academic excellence and the advancement of psychological science. We offer graduate programs in general/experimental psychology, school psychology, and applied behavior analysis serving 75 master’s level students and a robust undergraduate program serving 1800 majors and minors. The department and college provide extensive resources to support faculty engagement and research.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Psychology or Human Development.
  2. Candidates nearing completion of their doctorate (ABD) may be considered for the position, but their degree must be granted by August 1, 2021.

Required Experience:

  1. Evidence of successful teaching, either as an instructor of record or as a teaching assistant;
  2. Evidence of a systematic line of research that includes scholarly publications or other evidence of successful scholarship that is likely to lead to publications;
  3. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Research or teaching expertise in developmental psychobiology, cognitive development, or quantitative methods;
  2. Demonstrated record of grant writing and acquisition.

Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin November 9, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. This position automatically closes May 1, 2021.   Apply online at and provide the following.

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications and experience;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy (850 words maximum);
  4. Statement of research plan (850 words maximum);
  5. Statement addressing commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds (850 words maximum);
  6. Names and contact information of 3 professional references which includes names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.  References will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of reference.

Finalists will be asked to submit official copies of their transcripts.

Committee Information and Search process:

Search Chair:     Professor Constance Jones, Search Chair
                         Department of Psychology
                         College of Science and Mathematics
                         Department of Psychology, M/S ST11, Fresno, CA 93740

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit  The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions, and ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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