The closing date for this position is OCTOBER 30TH, 2020, 11.59PM






Developmental Psychology  


The Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a Tenure Track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Developmental Psychology beginning July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval.   


Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. (or will have a Ph.D. before July 1, 2021) in Developmental Psychology or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will be a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on any period of development or age group within the human life span, with the ability to bridge theory and application. The candidate should also have expertise in advanced quantitative statistics (which could include, but is not limited to, some of the following examples: the ability to navigate and use large data sets; longitudinal analyses such as growth curve modeling; Bayesian statistics; item response theory; Rasch modelling; hierarchical linear modeling; structural equation modeling; internet and social media data analysis; data visualization; dyadic data analysis; and meta-analysis; in addition to more traditional psychological data approaches). An interdisciplinary research agenda that focuses on one or more of these areas would also be an asset: socio-emotional development, socio-cognitive development, personality development, intercultural issues, intergenerational transmission. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess expertise or interest in extending / translating research in applied / real-world contexts, or an anti-oppression lens to their scholarship (focusing on Indigeneity, diversity, inclusion, and research with equity-seeking populations).   


The ideal candidate is a scholar with a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels (including statistics courses); as well as supervising graduate students in the Masters and Doctoral programs. Applicants must have a PhD in Developmental Psychology or a closely related field (e.g., Human Development and Family[DL6]  Studies), an active research program that compliments existing research programs within the Department of Psychology; with a strong track record of academic publications (and/or other knowledge outputs) and demonstrated potential for obtaining research funding from Tri-Council and/or other sources. A strong record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, with experience teaching and supporting a diverse group of students is an asset. A commitment to teaching statistics would be an asset[KW7] . The successful applicant must have excellent communication skills and demonstrate collegiality in a comprehensive psychology department.  


Aligned with Laurier’s Action Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Indigeneity (, the Department of Psychology is strongly committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our hiring process and consideration of candidates with lived experience. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates from diverse and equity-seeking groups including, but not limited to, individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC) as well as those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+[DL8] , and differently-abled.  


The Department of Psychology is home to more than 30 full-time faculty members researching and teaching in social, developmental, and community psychology, and in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience. The Department of Psychology values collegiality, a collaborative approach to faculty interaction, and a supportive work environment. Applicants can learn more about the Department of Psychology at  


Applicants should submit: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; copies of at least three publications, a statement of current and prospective research interests; a statement regarding teaching experience and interest[DL9] ; and contact information for at least three academic referees to:  


Dr. Bruce McKay, Chair,   

Department of Psychology,   

Wilfrid Laurier University,   

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5,   


c/o Lucy Carreiro (email: ).   


Electronic submission of applications is preferred. Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2020, at 11:59pm.  


Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-seeking groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at .  Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at .    


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:   

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;  

No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada.  


Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to Dr. Anthony Clarke, Dean of Science (). Further information on the equity policy can be found at    


Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact .    


The Faculty of Science wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Department Appointments and Promotion Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.