California State University, Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA

Position:Assistant Professor of Psychology; Department of Psychology

Starting Date:August 19th, 2019

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Developmental Psychology or a closely related field from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/19/2019).

2) Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level.

3) Experience in teaching courses focused on human development.

4) Evidence of research and scholarship, which includes publications in scholarly journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students in a research setting.

2) Demonstrated expertise in one of the following areas: infant/child/adolescent development or disorders, ecological and multicultural perspectives on development, or developmental neuroscience. 

3) Evidence of experience teaching classes in research methods, introductory statistics, with a focus on human development.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:   

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University’s alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

The Department:

The Psychology Department includes 18 tenured /tenure-track faculty representing a range of disciplines. The department serves approximately 1000 undergraduate students majoring in psychology and approximately 50 graduate students in two masters level programs: General Psychology MA and Forensic Psychology MS. Faculty members are equally committed to fostering service that promotes social justice in our local and global communities, and incorporating cultural issues in curriculum, research, and mentoring.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:

  1. a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
  2. a curriculum vitae.
  3. a narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
  4. a list of three professional references.
  5. a university application for employment (

Finalists will be required to submit:

  1. official transcripts.
  2. three current letters of recommendation.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: [email protected]. Please type “Psychology Department Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair Robert Kennison at: [email protected] or 323-343-7800.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.