University of Connecticut, Human Development and Family Sciences

Position ID:UConn-HDFS-496186 [#21369, 496186]
Position Title: Research and Teaching Scholar (Assistant Research Professor)
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Human Development & Family Studies
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/03/10, finished 2023/02/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Human Development and Family Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a non-tenure-track Research and Teaching Scholar (Assistant Research Professor) with a focus on community-based, social justice informed, applied developmental research, with a focus on early childhood. This is a two-year position, renewed annually, to conduct research in early childhood and teach one related undergraduate course per year.  The position is partially funded by the sponsoring faculty member, Dr. Rachel Chazan Cohen. 

The successful candidate will contribute to existing projects and develop their own research projects addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in early childhood. The candidate will join a lab with a focus on early childhood education, including Head Start and home visiting. Strong quantitative expertise, experience in applied developmental research or program evaluation in low-income communities, and experience in both large-scale datasets and small-scale original studies are preferred.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary cohort of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Teaching and Research Scholars and will be offered training and support related to teaching, career development, and resources to improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students.

The ideal candidate for this position is a recent Ph.D. graduate in Human Development, Psychology, Education, Social Work, or a related field. We especially encourage individuals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in academia to apply. The Human Development and Family Sciences Department is strongly committed to increasing diversity in the academic pipeline.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Completion of the Ph.D. in Human Development, Psychology, Education, Social Work or a related field by the start of the position
  • Ability to teach one undergraduate course related to the area of interest in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion within an academic setting
  • Strong research fit with a focus on community-based applied developmental research in low-income communities
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative methods
  • Excellent academic writing skills


  • A record of scholarly productivity
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses in diversity issues or individual and family development
  • Experience in both large-scale datasets and small-scale original studies
  • Experience conducting program evaluations and/or research in low-income communities
  • Plan for innovative research that contributes to knowledge in Early Childhood


This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position anticipated to begin on August 23, 2022. The salary for the position is $65,000.  The position is physically located on the main campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, CT.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (no longer than 3 pages; describing (1) your educational and research background, (2) areas of interest, and (3) what you would like to accomplish in your postdoctoral training)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Writing sample
  • Contact information for 3 references

For full consideration, applicants should submit materials by April 15, 2022. Questions should be directed to Rachel Chazan Cohen,

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
348 Mansfield Road, U-1058
Storrs, CT 06269-1058