The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Developmental Psychology, with a focus on the role of diversity and inequality in learning during early and middle childhood. We seek to enhance our Developmental Psychology program’s long-established strengths in studying the lived experiences of children from diverse backgrounds, bridging traditionally separate areas of developmental research, and integrating cultural, interpersonal, and individual aspects of human development. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research addresses the topics of diversity and social inequality in human development using a strengths-based approach. For example, candidates’ research might focus on ways to leverage the learning strengths of children from historically underserved backgrounds, with attention to the familial, educational, political, technological, and/or economic infrastructure for (and barriers to) their learning. As another example, candidates’ research might focus on how children from different backgrounds learn from their everyday experiences.

Applicants should be actively engaged in research with the promise of continued research productivity. In addition, they should be capable of teaching courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute significantly to the mentoring of graduate students. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate must work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-generation undergraduate students.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.



Assistant Professor (tenure track)



Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).



Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Psychology or related field. The successful candidate must have both a record of empirical research and a record of teaching. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by September 30, 2021.



July 1, 2021, with the academic year beginning in September 2021 and is contingent upon budgetary approval. Degree requirements must be met by September 30, 2021 for employment effective beyond that date.



Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.



Please refer to Position # JPF00932-21 in all correspondence.



§ Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)

§ Curriculum vitae (required)

§ Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application: (required)

§ Research statement describing your program of research (required)

§ Teaching statement describing your teaching experience and teaching interests (required)

§ Most significant reprints or preprints (a minimum of 2 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted)


Reference Requirement

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at



Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 16, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.