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Associate Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 30th, 2019
Next review date: Monday, Dec 2, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 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.


The School of Social Ecology, in coordination with the Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of advanced assistant to associate in the Department of Psychological Science who will also serve as Associate Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation (, which is part of a UC-wide research and education network. The Blum Center mission focuses on poverty; understanding the psychological foundations of compassion and empathy; and psychological adjustment in response to studying or living in environments disrupted by extreme events such as war and natural disaster. The area of specialization must be related to psychological processes that fits within the broad mission of the UC Blum Center, although we are particularly interested in candidates who would contribute to the social/personality area. Expertise in interventions/applied settings would also be particularly welcomed. Applicants who have active research programs in related areas of intergroup processes, stigma and prejudice, interpersonal relationships, emotional experience, morality and prosocial behavior, and collective action, or who study broader issues of poverty alleviation and health disparities/inequalities are strongly encouraged to apply. This person will inform understanding of important social problems in their leadership role in the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation.

Successful candidates for this position will have an outstanding record of research, as well as evidence of excellent teaching and mentoring, the ability to attract extramural funding, a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity, as well as experience working with donors and center-based administration. Priority will be given to applications received by December 2, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field. Application materials must be submitted electronically (please refer to the Employment link at the following website for instructions: Candidates must submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research, a statement of teaching, teaching evaluations, representative publications, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded electronically. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion must also be included in the application materials. Please direct questions about this position to Diane Enriquez at

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT: The Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine offers a Ph.D. in Psychological Science with a primary specialization in one of four core areas: developmental psychology, health psychology, social/personality psychology, and affective science. We also offer a graduate emphasis in psychology and law. Our faculty bring a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human behavior and sensitivity to the relevance of our research to individual and social problems. The faculty also share a strong commitment to training students in theory, field and laboratory research methods, and advanced statistical techniques. The University of California, Irvine is one of ten campuses of the highly regarded University of California system and is ranked among the top 10 public Universities in North America. With approximately 30,000 students, over 1,100 faculty members, and highly ranked programs in many areas, our campus offers a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration.

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Irvine, CA

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