The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) invites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor focused on human development, psychology, and learning. HGSE has faculty needs in two broad areas of human development:

  • Social and interpersonal relationships among adolescents and/or young adults
  • Cognitive development, particularly in relation to science education

In each case, expertise in either school-based research, neuroscience, or cross-cultural variation would be welcome.

Strong applicants will be distinguished by the quality of their research and the significance of their work for policy and practice. We are seeking candidates who conduct rigorous empirical research, and we welcome candidates from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Ideal candidates will have a track record of, or the capacity to develop, a successful independent research program, with a strong interest in communicating with education policymakers and practitioners.

We seek candidates who have the interest, enthusiasm, and potential to teach and mentor master’s and doctoral students interested in pursuing both research and practice-based careers in education. The candidate is expected to make meaningful contributions to the core curriculum of our graduate programs by teaching required courses and recommended elective courses as part of specific program pathways. The ability to help students develop conceptual as well as procedural professional knowledge beyond one’s own specific expertise is essential to our graduate programs.

High-quality teaching is greatly valued at HGSE, and the school is committed to cultivating and supporting effective pedagogical practices among faculty, including through our Teaching and Learning Lab, which provides consultation services for faculty teaching. The successful candidate will also have interest and potential to lead and contribute to the development and delivery of residential and online professional development programs for practitioners, administrators, and leaders through HGSE’s Programs in Professional Education and to lead work that furthers the engagement of the school with the larger field of global education institutions. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to HGSE initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. HGSE faculty at all ranks advise master’s students, mentor doctoral students, and participate in institutional governance and service.

By the position start date of July 1, 2025, candidates will possess a doctorate or another terminal degree in human development, psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive science, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated teaching experience, though it is not required for the appointment.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2024; for full consideration, please apply by that date. Please submit a CV, cover letter, research statement (ca. 2-3 pages), statement of teaching philosophy that includes a description of the candidate’s orientation toward diversity, equity and inclusion practices (ca. 2 pages), three letters of reference, and three or more writing samples/publications (article or chapter-length) online at Candidates invited to interview will be asked to submit additional documents (e.g., sample syllabi, teaching evaluations).

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at .

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.