San Jose, California



Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology

School/Department Name: Department of Psychology

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2023

Application Deadline: 1/9/2023 for full consideration - new date (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Department of Psychology at San José State University (SJSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Developmental Psychology with a focus on bilingual/multilingual research beginning in Fall 2023. We seek a candidate with expertise in studying the developmental context and lived experiences of children, adolescents, and/or emerging young adults from language diverse backgrounds whose work emphasizes an individual’s assets and resilience when navigating their environment. For example, a candidate might be interested in exploring how developing youth experience the world around them cognitively, socially, or emotionally as a function of being bilingual/multilingual; or how bilingualism/multilingualism intersects with other aspects of diversity (e.g., immigration experience, ethnicity) that can affect such areas as identity development, self-esteem, and academic success.

Applicants should have an active research program and be capable of teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as contributing to the mentoring of students.

The vision of the Psychology Department is to provide high-quality education in psychology that fosters the development of students so that they will make contributions to society. We value a student-centered approach that emphasizes teaching, research, and applied training. The Department offers a BA in Psychology, MA in Research and Experimental Psychology, MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and MS Industrial Organizational Psychology. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU was recently named the most transformative university in the nation.

The Psychology Department and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (or closely related field that uses developmental psychology methods) by date of appointment
  • Demonstrated scholarly productivity in the scientific study of developmental psychology with expertise in bilingual/multilingual research
  • Commitment to, and demonstrated potential for, teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and within the MA in Research and Experimental Psychology graduate program
  • Dedication and interest in mentoring a diverse student population, including first-generation and students from historically underrepresented/under-resourced communities
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Commitment to seeking internal and external funding to support research-related activities and/or to enhance student learning
  • Expertise in both quantitative and qualitative developmental research methods
  • Commitment and demonstrated potential to work effectively in a collegial atmosphere of shared governance.

Key Responsibilities

San José State University is a teaching institution that values mentored research. This position involves duties related to teaching, research, and service to the Department and University.


Teaching responsibilities for this position will include undergraduate and graduate coursework in developmental psychology (e.g., childhood, adolescence, and young/emerging adulthood), the candidate’s area of specialization, and undergraduate service courses as needed by the department. Undergraduate courses may include introductory psychology, writing in psychology, statistics, and/or research methods.


The candidate will be expected to develop a program of research in developmental psychology and to pursue both internal and external funding. The candidate must maintain a productive research program, which may consist of collaborative research across the University, with other academic institutions, or other external agencies. Student mentoring is valued in our department, and a successful candidate will mentor and support undergraduate and graduate students of diverse backgrounds in conducting research.


The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments. The successful applicant should be prepared to take an active role in the MA in Research and Experimental Psychology graduate program which includes serving as a mentor and advisor to graduate students, instructor in graduate courses, and member of the MA program committee.

Other Duties

Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of interest (≤ 1000 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity Statement (≤ 1000 words)
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy that describes what role faculty play in student success (≤ 1000 words)
  • Statement of research plans (≤ 1000 words)
  • Name, contact information, role, and professional relationship for three references. Reference letters may be requested at a later stage of the search.

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Evan Palmer, ( or Department Chair (Dr. Clifton Oyamot,

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization and booster shots against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at



San Jose, California

San Jose State is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San José, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of San Francisco Bay, and is easily accessible from area freeways.

From its beginnings as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations.

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