Applications are invited for the position of Director of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI), Wayne State University, beginning Fall, 2021.
About the Position
The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI), founded in 1920, recently celebrated a century of leadership in the study and practice of Child and Family Development. From opening one of the first nursery schools in the nation to bringing renowned faculty and students to its campus, MPSI has always sought to improve the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth, young adults, and their families, through research, education, outreach, and the MPSI Early Childhood Center: with 12 faculty, $2.5M in annual research funding, 14 pre-doctoral trainees, and yearly outreach to over two thousand people in community programs. A decade of accelerated growth and accomplishment positions Wayne State University to hire the next Director for the MPSI, launching a new century of achievement and impact. The MPSI website can be found at https://mpsi.wayne.edu/about and its 2017-2022 strategic plan at: https://mpsi.wayne.edu/about/mpsi_2017-2022_strategic_plan.pdf. 2020 Biannual Report: https://mpsi.wayne.edu/about/mpsi-report
Research at MPSI focuses on urban populations who endure community, environmental, biomedical, psychosocial, systemic, and other stressors influenced by the sociocultural context, including but not limited to structural inequality. This work is translated into practice to improve the lives of urban youth and their families. Faculty promote interdisciplinary research in developmental science across Wayne State University – bridging schools, departments, disciplines and individuals – to provide challenging undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research training in pre-natal, child, adolescent, emerging adulthood, and family development. Faculty, staff, and students also engage the community through public outreach, professional development, scholarship, and educational activities for the common good.
The Director of MPSI will report to the Vice President for Research and will have the following duties:
partners, and raising national profile of MPSI
the urban interests of MPSI’s faculty and students
necessary components of excellence
supporting and encouraging continuous improvement recommendations
Gerontology (IOG), to coordinate programs and resources between MPSI and the IOG
research in urban child and family development
Qualifications for the Position
social work, education, family medicine, obstetrics, public health, or epidemiology.
leadership, teaching, and mentoring
Please submit your letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information of four professional references to job posting 045400 via WSU’s Online Hiring System at https://jobs.wayne.edu. The review of applications will begin March 10, 2021, and remain open until filled. For additional information about this opportunity or questions about the application process, please contact Jeffrey Kentor, Search Committee Chair, at: email@example.com.
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