Position Description

The Psychology Department in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas seeks candidates for a full-time instructional faculty member for the MS program in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders (HDCD). The HDCD program prepares students to work with young children (birth to five years) and their families as developmental specialists in early childhood intervention programs (ECI), parent education, special needs preschools, and other professional settings. The search committee will consider outstanding applicants who can teach core courses in the HDCD program, such as Assessment Theory, Developmental Assessment, Atypical Development, Infant Mental Health and/or Intervention with Young Children. Successful applicants should also be able to effectively mentor and engage master’s students in reflective supervision of their practicum and internship experiences.

Instructional faculty positions are full-time, non-tenure-track 9-month positions. Appointments are renewed annually. Instructional faculty are expected to actively contribute to the School’s teaching and program development missions. In addition to teaching courses, Instructional Faculty in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences serve on program committees, participate in student development activities, and perform administrative duties as appropriate based on program or School demands. Instructional faculty are also actively engaged in and visible in School and program events and activities. Teaching loads and other duties of Instructional faculty are assigned based on needs determined by the Department and Program Heads, in consultation with the Associate Deans, but typically involve teaching four classes (practicum/internship supervision counts as a class) in fall and spring semesters, with opportunities for additional teaching during summer semester for additional compensation.


 Applicants for this faculty position should ideally hold a PhD in Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, or a closely-related field, but applicants with a master’s degree, excellent previous experiences, and strong record of teaching will be considered. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. All candidates are expected to work effectively in a highly collaborative, engaging, and dynamic environment comprised of individuals of diverse backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. The appointment commences August 1, 2023.

 The Department/School

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is a Carnegie Tier 1 (R1) research university that is one of the fastest growing institutions in the US (#2 last year), and until our 50th anniversary last year, was ranked by Times Higher Education as the top US university under the age of 50. Faculty in BBS are based on the main campus and at three research centers located in central Dallas near the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), with which there are strong collaborative relationships. The UT Dallas BrainHealth Imaging Center houses two Siemens Magnetom Prisma 3T MRI scanners, which are used by many BBS investigators. UTSW houses the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC), an inter-institutional facility that provides more advanced neuroimaging resources, including very high field MRI (7T), MEG, and PET. Core facilities include EEG, TMS, tDCS, eye trackers, and other physiological measurement devices. The Department of Psychology includes faculty affiliated with the Center for Children and Families, the Center for Vital Longevity, and the Center for BrainHealth. The department is home to doctoral programs in Psychology and Cognition and Neuroscience, master’s programs in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, Psychology, and Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders, and bachelor’s programs in Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Child Learning and Development.

Application Instructions

 Applicants should upload the following via the online application: https://jobs.utdallas.edu/postings/22524

  • cover letter and full curriculum vitae summarizing their interests and their qualifications for the position, including past and/or anticipated future efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • statement of teaching philosophy describing (at a minimum) their conceptualizations of teaching and learning, teaching and assessment methods, and how their teaching philosophy and practices foster (or will foster) equitable and inclusive learning environments;
  • full contact information for at least three academic or professional references.

Reviews will commence as completed applications are received and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed May 1st, 2023. Priority will be given to completed applications received by April 1st, 2023.

 The University and Community

Rich with visual and performing arts venues, museum districts, professional and semi-professional athletics teams, botanical gardens, accessible trails and so much more, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex has something for everyone to explore. UT Dallas partners with regional higher education institutions and school districts and with the Richardson Innovation Quarter (Richardson IQ), a major hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and educational activities.

UT Dallas is committed to graduating well-rounded members of the global community whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world. A diversity of people, ideas and perspectives is crucial to our vision and mission. UT Dallas is a place where members of the community from all backgrounds are welcomed, treated fairly, and encouraged in their pursuit of excellence.

UT Dallas is consistently ranked among the “Best of the Best Colleges” for LGBTQ Inclusion by Campus Pride. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosts a variety of programs and initiatives to cultivate a culture of equity and belonging for all members of the campus community. “LilyPad” lactation facilities are located throughout campus.  The University currently supports several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that are communities of faculty and staff from various identities along with advocates and allies (e.g., Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, Universal Access ERG, Military and Veteran ERG).

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living and working environment that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive of all members of the university community. The University prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university.