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Assistant Professor in Learning Sciences and Human Development

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School / Campus / College: College of Education

Organization: College of Education

Title: Assistant Professor in Learning Sciences and Human Development

Position Details

Position Description

Situated on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish people), the College of Education at The University of Washington, Seattle, is hiring for an Assistant Professor in Learning Sciences and Human Development position that focuses on critical approaches to languages, literacies, and identities in education. This is a nine-month, full-time tenure track position. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to graduate and undergraduate programs across the College of Education. The base salary range for this position will be $9,223 - $11,112/per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a relocation incentive and a limited commitment of summer salary.

The position will be expected to anchor their work in critical approaches to languages, literacies and identities, from perspectives such as, but not limited to, Black Feminism, Indigenous and Land-based Epistemologies, raciolinguistics, and/or LatCrit; apply these approaches to such content areas as, but not limited to, literacy, Indigenous language revitalization, and identity development; contribute necessary insights into the sociopolitical forces that shape children and youth’s developing literacies; and advance the College’s ongoing and deep commitment to growing anti-racist, anti-colonial, culturally sustaining, and resurgent approaches to education. Our new colleague will join a community that builds and shares knowledge about designing and sustaining learning environments and educational systems through collective resistance in partnership with families and communities. In addition, this faculty member will teach existing courses on literacy, learning theories, and design-based research, as well as specialized courses in their area of focus across graduate and undergraduate programs.


Our new colleague will be expected to:

  • Engage in an active research agenda consistent of meritorious scholarship and external funding,
  • Teach, advise, and supervise masters- and doctoral-level graduate students in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Graduate Program, and provide support to graduate students in the Language, Literacy, and Culture specialization and other areas of the College,
  • Teach and support students in our undergraduate programs such as the Education, Communities, and Organizations major and the Early Childhood and Family Studies major,
  • Create opportunities for graduate students to engage in research, and recruit, educate, and mentor graduate students from historically marginalized communities, in particular,
  • Engage in scholarly work that explores issues of educational justice and equity in relation to race, culture, gender and sexuality, land, migration, ability, health, and/or language with a particular focus on youth, families, and communities,
  • Provide leadership and service in the Program, College, University, and in the field of learning sciences and human development,
  • Contribute to the operation and development of the Learning Sciences and Human Development Program,
  • Work collaboratively with faculty across the College of Education,
  • Engage in faculty governance.

The UW College of Education, the nation’s 4th ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to making excellent learning experiences a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world challenges and closing opportunity gaps across educational contexts. Members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our College’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse communities to address pressing educational challenges across the lifespan and foster a more just and caring society. The College of Education is renowned for a vibrant community engaged in justice-focused scholarship and practice; includes a Native Education Certificate program for educators and professionals working with Native communities and Tribal Nations; and an interdisciplinary faculty researching implications of learning, cognition, and development for equitable education across contexts. The Learning Sciences and Human Development graduate program focuses on the nature and interaction of learning, development, and culture in a variety of settings. We study learning and development where they happen: in families, communities, workplaces, and schools from pre-school to college. Our faculty also participate and teach in the Education, Communities, and Organizations undergraduate major.

The University of Washington is committed to building a vibrant environment for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.  The University’s growing infrastructure includes the Department of American Indian Studies; the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; the Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility opened in 2015; the Burke Museum’s Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Indian Art; and the newly developing Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.


All candidates must have an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent in a relevant field or discipline by the date of appointment. Relevant fields include, but are not limited to, learning sciences and human development; language, literacy, and culture; teaching, learning and curriculum.


Applications should include: 

(1) A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, explanation of your research agenda, evidence of teaching experience, and description of commitment to justice-focused partnerships across educational contexts; (2) A one-page diversity statement describing your experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and in relation to your positionality; (3) Curriculum vitae; (4) Names and contact information for three references—but please do not send letters at this time as the committee will request letters for all semi-finalists; (5) At least two examples of scholarly writing; (6) an email address for further communications.

Send queries about the position to Search Chair, Dr. Katie Headrick Taylor (

Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio at The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 31, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment projected to commence on or about September 16, 2024.

Search committee members include: Dr. Katie Headrick Taylor (Search Chair;, Dr. Edmundo Aguilar (, Dr. Emma Elliott (, Dr. Lakeya Omogun (, and Dr. Molly Shea (

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