Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma

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Position ID:UWT-Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences-RESRCHMETH [#8381]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Social Science Research Methods
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Tacoma, Washington 98402, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Psychology / Community-based Participatory Research, psychology, Quantitative, Allied social sciences
Starting Date:2016/09/16
Appl Deadline:2016/12/01 finished (posted 2016/10/20, finished 2017/05/09, listed until 2017/04/20)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor of Social Science Research Methods

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Social Science Research Methods in the Division of Social, Behavioral, and Human Sciences within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS). This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period. The successful candidate will be an intellectually expansive scholar with training in psychology or a related social science whose research and teaching incorporate qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed-methods. The candidate’s area of specialization is open; however, we have a strong preference for a candidate who conducts research that emphasizes diversity, disability, and/or social justice and can involve students or the Tacoma community more broadly, in line with the mission of our urban-serving university. The position will contribute to a new minor in Social Science Research Methods that focuses on providing students with training in research methodology and exposing them to a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in addition to teaching undergraduate courses that contribute to the Psychology major. As such, the successful candidate will have a proven record of research using cutting edge qualitative and/or quantitative methods, and the ability to teach courses in methodology and qualitative and/or quantitative methods, and introductory research methods in psychology. Preference will be given to those that can teach qualitative methods.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with diverse student populations, involve students in faculty research, and integrate new pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning. We seek candidates who are eager to further UW Tacoma’s goal of building a culturally diverse educational environment. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working with diverse cultural and racial/ethnic student populations, will be prepared to mentor and engage students, and whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement of culturally diverse audiences in higher education.

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors including Psychology; Arts, Media, and Culture; Environmental Studies; Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies; Hispanic Studies; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. In addition, we offer a three graduate degrees in interdisciplinary studies including a general degree and two specialties (Community and Social Change; Nonprofit Studies). We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. We value the diversity of our student and faculty body, and the diversity-related work in our curriculum, pedagogy, community outreach, and faculty research. . Although the position primarily contributes to a new minor in Social Science Research Methods and a Psychology major, it will also support other interdisciplinary majors and the graduate program in interdisciplinary studies. The position begins September 16, 2017 and requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) at the time of appointment in psychology or a related field. Establishment of an effective and sustainable program of scholarship in the candidate's field is required for tenure and promotion. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation will be appointed on an acting basis.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. The campus commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth within our campus and broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

To apply, please submit:

  1. Letter detailing your interest in the position and outlining how your qualifications and experience match both the position’s description and the academic environment of the university. This letter should include a description of your current and planned research projects including how these plans can be implemented at a primarily undergraduate institution, and your qualifications for teaching in an interdisciplinary program. Applicant statements should detail how their teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity
  2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught
  3. Statement of your teaching philosophy
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  5. First-author peer-reviewed publication or submitted manuscript
  6. Three letters of reference

Submit all application materials through Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin December 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Dr. Stephen Ross, search chair, at

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. This information will not be shared with the search committee.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.

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Further Info:
1900 Commerce Street, Box 358436
Tacoma, WA 98402

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