Assistant Professor in Adulthood, Aging, and/or the Life Course

Assistant Professor in Adulthood, Aging, and/or the Life Course

Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP). We are seeking a scholar whose research takes a lifespan approach with a specific focus on adulthood, aging and the life course, family and social systems, and/or intergenerational perspectives. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research interrogates the role of structural inequalities and cultural beliefs in processes of human development and places their study of development in context. Scholars may come from a range of social science disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, human development, education, family studies, anthropology, neuroscience, and criminology). Our current methodological orientation at HDSP is diverse, and we are open to a range of approaches to explore pressing human development questions and social issues. 

Suggested qualifications: Earned doctorate in sociology, psychology, human development, applied developmental science, family studies, education, anthropology, criminology or any related social-science discipline and evidence of strong scholarly potential.

Teaching and advising responsibilities will include doctoral students in the Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) program as well as undergraduate courses. Applicants should submit electronically a letter outlining their research program and teaching experience, a current CV, representative reprints, and three letters of reference, to Associate Professor Terri Sabol, Search Committee Chair using the University online system by October 31, 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials before that date. Contact Megan Redfearn with questions about the application. Members of historically under-represented groups are strongly urged to apply. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago. For more information about the School of Education and Social Policy, go to

Please submit the following: (i) a brief cover letter addressing how your interests and qualifications align with the position (1 page), (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) a research statement (3-5 pages), (iv) a statement of teaching experience and interests (1 page), (v) three representative writing samples/publications, and (vi) three letters of reference. 

Department: Education & Social Policy

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