The Department of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University is seeking an outstanding Certified Child Life Specialist for an Assistant Professor of the Practice position. The faculty member will be active in the Child Studies Master’s Program, which trains evidence-based practitioners and researchers in a range of fields related to child and adolescent development preparing students for eventual careers in related applied fields or for further doctoral study. The Master's degree in Applied Child Studies, Child Life concentration, provides coursework, research experiences and field-based practicum through which students deepen their understanding of how children and adolescents develop, learn, and think; how context impacts children's development; how to interpret, design, and conduct research related to pediatric patients and their families; how to translate theory-based knowledge into child life best-practice in the service of improved outcomes for children and families.
We are interested in a Certified Child Life Specialist who has expertise in child life practice, teaching and research targeting the application of developmental scholarship to improve health and mental health outcomes of pediatric patients and their families. We seek an individual with a strong record of high quality and methodologically rigorous research and teaching effectiveness. Higher education teaching experience, certification in Child Life, and an earned doctorate in Psychology or a related field are required. A minimum of 4,000 hours of paid child life clinical experience OR a minimum of two years of experience teaching child life subject matter are also required.
Primary responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate, professional and graduate students, and service to the department, university, and the field. This includes teaching courses such as Play Based Approaches to Family Stress and Coping, Death and Dying, Practicum in Child Life, and Tools and Techniques in Pediatric Healthcare Research, as well as more general coursework in Developmental Psychology.
Candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, experience in working with diverse student populations, and a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues. People of color, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Candidates should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, a letter describing research aims and teaching interests, three samples of scholarly writing, and at least 3 letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin February 24, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Psychology and Human Development is a group of scholars who work to increase understanding of basic psychological functioning in family, school, and other social contexts that influence development.
Our graduate programs, which are included in the Psychological Sciences major offered jointly with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science, include clinical science, cognitive and cognitive neuroscience, developmental science, neuroscience, and quantitative methods and evaluation.
The department also is the home of Master of Education programs in Child Studies and Quantitative Methods as well as undergraduate majors in Child Development, Cognitive Studies, and Child Studies. The research efforts of our department are focused on increasing understanding of basic psychological processes and applying this knowledge of infant, adolescent, and adult functioning, emphasizing the family, school, and other social contexts that influence development.
Department faculty are accomplished and nationally known. Many serve as editors of psychological journals, members of national review panels, and leaders in national organizations. All are au...thors of numerous scientific articles and chapters. While faculty members in Psychology share a common interest in psychological processes and their development, our specific interests and expertise are diverse. Some are committed to increasing understanding of basic psychological processes, while others emphasize implications for clinical, social, and educational issues. We are all committed to building a diverse and inclusive department.
In addition to our close relationship with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science, our department maintains strong collaborative ties with other Peabody departments: Special Education, with emphases on children with disabilities and their development; Teaching and Learning, with emphases on learning processes in young school age and adolescent children; and Human and Organizational Development, with emphases on group processes, community issues and organizational development.