Current Faculty Openings

Position Description – Assistant Professor, Psychology

Developmental  Psychology

Department of Psychology

College of Science and Engineering

San Francisco State University



Position title: Assistant Professor position in Psychology (Developmental Psychology)


Start date: August 2020


Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Position Summary:

Job Advertisement – Developmental Psychology




The San Francisco State University Department of Psychology offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Developmental Psychology beginning August 2020. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community and that will broaden the department’s strengths in the role of contextual factors such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and poverty in lifespan development.


The Psychology Department at San Francisco State University is dedicated to the discovery of knowledge about human behaviors, beliefs, and emotions. We seek to share knowledge with our students and with the greater community. We work in the classroom, research laboratory, and community to provide undergraduate and graduate-level training that emphasizes psychological theory, the scientific method, and the application of psychological knowledge to research and real-world issues. Collectively, we promote an environment of mutual respect, transparency, and an appreciation for culture and diversity while being driven by the SF State Core Values of Community, Courage, Equity, Life of Mind, and Resilience. 


At the undergraduate level, this faculty member will be qualified to teach child development, lifespan development, and social/emotional development and may be qualified to teach adolescent development, behavior problems in children, and psychology of aging. At the graduate level, candidates should be qualified to teach in developmental theory, methodology, and courses in their area of specialization. The new hire should also be qualified to teach undergraduate-level composition, research methods and statistics courses required by all Psychology majors. We will seek someone with a strong program of basic or applied research in social-emotional development in childhood or adolescence. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, gender, epigenetics, social-cultural-economic contexts, peer networks and interaction, social cognition, influences of media or technology on development, STEM education, sophisticated developmental methods. Successful candidates should demonstrate flexibility with intersectional perspectives on human development.


The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


Responsibilities: The workload primarily includes (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology, (2) conducting an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative works that advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty, and (3) service contributions to the department, college, and university. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; supervising graduate student Master’s thesis projects, holding regular office hours, curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes, and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies. 




  • Ph.D. in developmental or educational psychology or child and family studies from an accredited institution. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students



  • Record of teaching contributions in the areas of child and human development;
  • Active record of scholarship related to specialty area human development;
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, intersectionality, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works;
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities;
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments.


Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


ApplicationSubmit the following materials to (1) letter of intent/interest, (2) a current CV, (3) a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Psychology Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, (4) a description of your research interests, (5) samples of scholarly papers, and (6) three letters of recommendation.


San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.