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Temporary Lecturer - 2021/22 - HUMAN DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCES

Application Window

Open date: March 15th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, May 10, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Human Developmental Sciences (HDS) program at the University of California, San Diego is committed to building an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and student body. We are currently accepting applications from candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to teach in the 2021 - 2022 academic year as temporary non-tenure track lecturers (Unit 18).

HDS is an interdisciplinary program, examining growth and change from birth through adolescence and into older ages, and is designed to emphasize the idea of development as an essential perspective from which to understand human behavior. An important aspect of the program is the emphasis on the integration of information across different developmental perspectives, including coursework divided into three (3) areas of concentration:

Biological Development, which emphasizes the biological bases of lifespan development, including the sensory and perceptual processes that are basic to our cognitive and social functioning. Courses within this concentration include special topics courses, as well as the following titles:

HDS 110. Brain and Behavioral Development
HDS 111. Evolutionary Principles in Human Development

Cognitive & Linguistic Development, which focuses on intellectual and emotional development across the lifespan. It examines the development of both linguistic and cognitive processes, and the affective and temperamental factors that shape our interaction with others. Courses within this concentration include special topics courses, as well as the following titles:

HDS 120. Language Development
HDS 121. The Developing Mind
HDS 122. Development of Social Cognition

Socio-Cultural Development, which focuses on the influences of culture and context in the field of lifespan development. It examines topics such as family relations, peer interaction, the effects of schooling and literacy and the activities of play, theories of child development, differing cultural perspectives, and social and health policy issues. Courses within this concentration include special topics courses, as well as the following titles:

HDS 133: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Developmental Science
HDS 171. Diversity in Human Development
HDS 175. Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development

The HDS program also has a full research methodology curriculum that provides advanced-level study on subfields of human development. Courses within this concentration include the following titles:

HDS 60. Intro to Statistical Analysis
HDS 181. Experimental Projects in Human Development Research
HDS 191. Field Research in Human Development

Full Course descriptions for all courses in the HDS curriculum can be found at the following link:

Qualifications: Candidates should have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field (e.g., human development / lifespan development, anthropology, biology, cognitive science, communications, ethnic studies, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, public health, sociology)

A PhD. is preferred, along with outstanding teaching qualifications, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity. Initial appointments will be on a part-time basis with possible extension to subsequent quarters.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin April 1, 2021. The posting will remain open for the duration of the year to accommodate upcoming course needs or until the positions are filled.

To Apply: Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, the names and contact information of three references, and a personal statement summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity. (See for further assistance.) Submit application online at

For additional information about the Human Developmental Sciences, go to our website at

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Teaching - Please include the areas of concentration for which you wish to be considered.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please describe any teaching strategies you currently use or plan to use to foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience, and to enable all students to excel and fully participate in the learning process.

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  • Teaching Evaluations - Please upload copies of recent teaching evaluations.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Diego, CA