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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Race, Justice, and Equity

Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

 

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia has launched a multiyear faculty hiring initiative devoted to Race, Justice and Equity, building on a broad range of recent commitments, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project to hire 10 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty working on the Global South; an expansion and University endowment commitment to the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of the Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships to enhance our recruitment of  underrepresented graduate students; and a parallel project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint 30 Race, Justice, and Equity Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the University (20 in Arts & Sciences). 

 

These commitments further our mission as a public university, dedicated to the promise of democratic life, and consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment—and the deep histories that have produced it—call us to engage with renewed urgency the particular histories of inequality affecting Black communities in the United States and across the globe. Our hiring, research, teaching, and institutional practices and commitments must respond to that call.

 

As part of this initiative, UVA Arts & Sciences has launched a cluster of 10 tenured/tenure track searches for faculty members working in Black studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Appointments will span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. Four of these searches were completed last year with the next six occurring this Fall.

 

These new faculty members will join a community of colleagues at UVA already working in and across disciplines on the social, cultural, political, historical, and environmental questions that are central to African, African-American, and Diaspora communities across the US and around the world. The University of Virginia’s location and history necessitates that we sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.

 

The Department of Psychology invites applications for an assistant (tenure-track) professorship to join the faculty of our Community Psychology program. We are seeking candidates whose scholarship focuses on the ways in which Black youth and young adults cope with racism and engage in acts of resistance to help build an anti-racist society. Areas of specialization could include: investigating how sociopolitical attitudes, beliefs, and experiences relate to civic engagement from early adolescence into emerging adulthood; developing interventions to better support Black youth who are engaged in anti-racist activism; the interplay between racial and cultural protective processes and environmental contexts; developmental implications of racial and social inequities; investigating how children acquire the concept of race; the role of families and social networks in teaching and supporting children’s racial attitudes and activism; exploring the psychological and structural mechanisms through which systems of racism are maintained;

and mechanisms of risk and resilience in Black family, school, and community settings. Moreover, we seek scholars with a strong record of or demonstrated potential to secure external funding for their research, as well as a commitment to using research to inform policy and practice. In addition to developing external funding to support research endeavors, candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, engage in graduate mentoring and provide service to the University, Department and professional organizations. Successful applicants will have demonstrated promise for developing a nationally recognized research program, including the ability to attract research support. Candidates must have their PhD before starting the position.

 

The Department of Psychology is already home to a vibrant and externally funded program of research in Black studies which several Community Psychology faculty contribute to and support. This has been further bolstered by a recently funded Interdisciplinary Fellowship (IDF) in our PhD program to focus on race and inequality in higher education. As such, the UVA Department and Psychology and the Community Psychology program have the momentum for excellence in Black studies, and for providing the supportive community for the academic growth of this new hire at large. Moreover, the UVA Psychology Department has a demonstrable record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through a number of initiatives and efforts that have been sustained over time (https://psychology.as.virginia.edu/diversity-psychology).

 

 

TO APPLY:

***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and attach the following:

We will begin to review applications on November 4, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2022, with an anticipated start date of August 25, 2022.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected]

Substantive questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Noelle Hurd, search committee chair, who can be reached at: [email protected]

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

COVID Vaccination Requirement
 

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 
 
If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.
 
If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates. 
 
NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption.  For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage. 

 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

  • Cover letter that discusses the candidate’s research agenda, teaching philosophy, as well as the candidate’s demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations (3 page maximum)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample (e.g., a published article)
  • Three letters of recommendation that the candidate must request be sent to [email protected]

 


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