November 19, 2015

University of Virginia Youth & Social Innovation Tenure Track Faculty Job Posting

Youth & Social Innovation Program Faculty 
Tenure Track or Tenured, Open Rank 

The Department of Human Services in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia (UVa) is seeking applicants for a tenure-track or tenured professor in the Youth & Social Innovation (YSI) program. Rank is dependent upon qualifications. A research-focused school of education, Curry features YSI as one of its signature undergraduate programs, attracting students who are interested in making a difference in the lives of young people in & outside of schools. A new interdisciplinary program, YSI faculty & students focus on integrating developmental theory & research with application to youth settings, programming, policy, & community service. Students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom to collaborate with diverse peers & community partners to evaluate existing youth programs & use design thinking to develop new innovations to meet youth's needs. The program has a commitment to provide educational experiences that deliver new levels of student engagement through academic service learning and meaningful research with faculty members. We are looking for a faculty member to collaborate with our interdisciplinary team of faculty to foster the development and direction of the program, to teach YSI major and elective undergraduate courses, to provide academic advising for YSI majors, and to mentor undergraduates in research and service activities and graduate students in research. The incumbent maintains an active program of research in the field of positive youth development and/or youth programming & innovation in & out of school, sustaining scholarly productivity as evidenced by publications in peer-refereed journals and extramural funding for research. The faculty member is also engaged in leadership and service to the program, department, school, university, and profession. 

A doctorate in Education, Human Development, Psychology or a related field is required by the start date of the position. Teaching experience in a higher education setting in courses related to youth development and/or social innovation/entrepreneurship in education/youth programming is required. 

A commitment to professional service and leadership and evidence of an explicit commitment to  diversity and of advancing understanding and outcomes for underrepresented groups is required. Experience conducting, publishing, & presenting empirical research is required. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to scholarship on the promotion of positive youth development through innovative youth programming in & out of school. Potential areas of focus include: evidence-based youth programming, global youth development, and design thinking & youth innovation/entrepreneurship. Experience supervising student service learning, and knowledge of innovative school and out-of-school programs are strongly preferred. A record of obtaining extramural support for research is required for a tenured appointment. 

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0617534. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, one writing sample, and contact information for three references. Applicant screening begins November 30, 2015 and the position is open to applicants until filled. 

More information about YSI can be found at: 

For questions please contact Nicole Robinson at 

We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers. We seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment and welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. 

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