Endowed Community Chair in Infant and Child Mental Health
University of Nebraska
February 2, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
College / University
Endowed Community Chair in Infant and Child Mental Health
University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Education and Human Sciences and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska seek an experienced and collaborative intellectual leader with expertise in infant and child mental health for a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, who will also be awarded an Endowed Community Chair in Infant and Child Mental Health, funded by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Located in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies in UNL's College of Education and Human Sciences, this position goes beyond teaching, research, and service to provide campus leadership and responsiveness to the local community through translational and applied research in conjunction with the mission and activities of the Buffett Institute and the University of Nebraska.
The Community Chair reports to the Chair of the Child, Youth and Family Studies Department. The incumbent will commit 25 percent of their effort to working with the Buffett Early Childhood Institute in advancing the mission of the Institute. The Community Chair will bring expertise in (1) the areas of mental health and socio-emotional development in young children from birth through age 8, with a specific interest in the development of infants and toddlers from birth through 3 years of age, and in (2) how families, other care providers, and early childhood educators can create environments that support their psychological and socio-emotional development. The Community Chair will be expected to develop a high impact, nationally recognized research program in infant mental health; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; actively participate in the collaborative research and applied programs of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute; and engage in outreach within Nebraska focused on translating research to practice.
The Community Chair's responsibilities include teaching, research, service, and outreach with the local community with a focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating programming that relates to infant and child mental health. The Community Chair will be expected to build and lead collaborative efforts across the department and the university to apply research and knowledge to communities of practice and to provide expertise in seeking grant-funded projects, leading independent initiatives, planning regional forums, participating in national conferences, and developing publications and other communication initiatives. In partnership with department and college faculty and the Buffett Institute, the Community Chair will create learning opportunities for students, community leaders, scholars, and others interested in infant and child mental health. The Community Chair will be expected to teach one course per semester (either on site or online) related to their area of expertise, advise doctoral and masters students, mentor junior faculty, and contribute to a culture of productivity in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies. The Community Chair will serve on department, college, and university committees as part of her or his service responsibilities. The Community Chair will interact regularly with senior staff at the Buffett Institute to help shape the direction of programming, and expand the impact of the Institute efforts to accomplish its mission. As a leader in infant and child mental health in the state, the Community Chair will serve on statewide committees and initiatives and represent UNL and the Buffett Institute to statewide and national constituents.
The ideal candidate will have a track record of funded research and publication that includes successfully obtaining grants and contracts from governmental agencies, private foundations, donors, or other sources of external support. The department is looking for a candidate with broad multidisciplinary intellectual interests in the domain of early childhood mental health research and practice and an integrative approach that links research to policy and practice. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to identify and promote approaches that support children's development and quality in early childhood education environments. The Community Chair will be expected to think about research, programs, and publications in terms of high impact – whether in advancing the field, in practice, or in policy. The Community Chair must be a persuasive communicator who can work effectively with people from diverse groups and disciplines, including faculty, staff, students, leaders from industry, government and non-governmental agencies, and community organizations. The ability to build and sustain partnerships and networks and foster collaboration is essential to success. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in a field related to infant and child mental health or a closely allied discipline; record of building a high impact program of research and training in early childhood mental health with scholarly publications; experience teaching in higher education and evidence of teaching excellence. All candidates should demonstrate the ability to work with colleagues across multiple disciplines and campuses in a collaborative fashion; have excellent oral and written communication skills and highly developed interpersonal abilities. Experience in translational research and a track record of significant community engagement would be highly desirable. Also desirable is experience designing, conducting, or evaluating early intervention and/or prevention programs.
Diversified Search has been retained by UNL and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute to assist in this search process. Screening will begin on February 19 and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, recommendations, or expressions of interest (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to UNL_InfantMentalHealthChair@divsearch.com or contact:
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D. Senior Managing Director
Nancy Helfman, Vice President and Senior Associate
2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.