Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology (114 views)

Position Description

The Department of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2023.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Department of Psychology

The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences is one of six main instructional academic units of the university. The Psychology Department, an academic unit within the college, offers its students the option to pursue a wide variety of areas in the study of human and animal behavior while simultaneously providing a solid foundation in research and scientific aspects of the field of psychology.  For students with a general interest in psychology, many of our courses are fundamental in understanding oneself and relating to others more effectively.  At the undergraduate level, the Department of Psychology provides opportunity for the study of different aspects of the field. For students interested in the research and scientific aspects, courses on the application of the scientific method to the study of human and animal behavior are offered. For those with applied interests, courses relating to counseling, clinical psychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, industrial and organizational psychology, computers, and service in community agencies are offered.

For more information: Department of Psychology

The Position

The area of developmental specialty is open, but preference will be given to scholars with expertise in lifespan development and the role of race/ethnicity, cultural context in development, and/or systematic inequalities on development. Of strong interest are those with experience working in applied settings on prevention or intervention that advances the development, health, and well-being of racially diverse individuals and families. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate courses such as Child Development, Psychology of Adult Development and Aging, Psychology of Gender, and Psychology of the Mexican American; and graduate courses such as Psychology and Aging and Developmental Psychology. Other duties include committee work and maintaining an ongoing research program involving students. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for supervising and chairing graduate student theses in the Clinical Psychology and/or Health Psychology programs.


The primary responsibilities of faculty members are to teach; maintain an active research program; advise students; mentor graduate student theses; and serve on department and university committees. The appointment will be effective for the 2023/2024 academic year and will begin in August 2023.  


Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Psychology, or another closely related field. All requirements for degree conferral must be completed prior to start of employment. 
  • The applicant must have research experience (i.e., peer reviewed publications and/or externally funded grants) and a desire to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • The applicant should be able to demonstrate the ability to teach or prepare to teach courses listed in the “Position Description.”

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have experience, research, and/or training for working in applied contexts with culturally diverse populations.
  • The applicant should have an active research program with a record of peer reviewed publications.
  • The applicant should have experience teaching graduate or undergraduate students. TA experience is relevant to this desired qualification.

Employment Requirement

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption if eligible.  Any candidate advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system-wide policy can be found at: CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be sent to .

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.