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Job Summary

The Institute of Behavioral Science, in collaboration with the Departments of Sociology and Psychology & Neuroscience and the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder, invites applications for an open-rank faculty position (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) in the field of prevention science. A major commitment to and demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, and external research funding are expected.

We are seeking applicants with a specialization in one or more areas of prevention science, including the study and prevention of substance use, the prevention of crime and violence, or the promotion of positive outcomes. Within the Institute of Behavioral Science, prevention science is conceptualized broadly to range from fundamental research on the prevalence, causes and consequences, and theory building through to intervention development and dissemination in communities at scale. We especially seek applicants who focus on equity within health disparities research and the developmental experience of and preventative interventions with minoritized populations. Attention to health disparities is seen as including but not limited to ethnicity, gender identity, disability, immigration status, as well as intersectional positionalities. The position will be rostered within the Institute of Behavioral Science, and tenure will be held in Sociology, Psychology or Education.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

This recruitment is sponsored by the Institute of Behavioral Science and the Institute’s Prevention Science Program. The Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) is a research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since its establishment in 1957, it has provided a setting for interdisciplinary, collaborative research on problems of societal concern. By engaging faculty from all the social and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, IBS encourages work that transcends disciplinary boundaries, that illuminates the complexity of social behavior and social life, and that has important implications for social policy; IBS researchers are expected to conduct research that fulfills that mission. IBS is organized into five research programs, each defined by an interdisciplinary area of research and directed by a senior research scientist. The Institute is deeply devoted to understanding, addressing, and combating structural inequality and details of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts can be found here.

Founded in 1968, the Institute’s Prevention Science Program (formerly the Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development) is a vibrant interdisciplinary group of 75 researchers across approximately 10 projects seeking to understand the nature, development, and life consequences of behaviors that put the health and development of young people and adults at risk. This effort also involves promoting positive life course development. We focus on translating science to action, which involves conducting research that explores mechanisms and theory, designing, testing and implementing interventions, and working actively with communities to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Program members include researchers from sociology, psychology, social work, public health, and criminology. Throughout this work, we attend to cultural diversity in experience and recognize the need for cultural adaptation of interventions.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Undertake continued research in the area of your specialization, and secure external funding to support that research.
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate classes in the department in which your tenure home is located.
  • Mentor junior researchers in the Institute of Behavioral Science, particularly in the Prevention Science Program.

  • All IBS faculty participate fully in the academic life and governance of the Institute and the University’s schools, colleges, and departments.

What You Should Know

  • Teaching faculty positions in the Institute of Behavioral Science are budgeted in the Institute and hold tenure in an academic department, where their teaching responsibilities are determined.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • As a faculty member rostered in the Institute of Behavioral Science, we expect you to be a full member of the Institute, with an office in the Institute and a significant contribution to the intellectual life of IBS.
  •  The desired start date for this position is July 1, 2023.

What We Can Offer

  • Annual Salary Range is $80,000-$175,000 for a 9-month appointment.
  • Summer salary is possible, subject to availability of external funding.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A doctoral degree in Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Education, Public Health, Social Welfare or a closely related field is required. All successful candidates will have received their doctorate before they begin employment.
  • With consideration for career stage, candidates are expected to have an established and ongoing program of original research, a strong publication record, and demonstrated ability to obtain external funding, as well as a record of high-quality teaching and mentoring.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Candidates with strong prospects and opportunities for external research funding will be preferred.

Special Instructions

Please integrate your contributions to equity and inclusion throughout the required application materials:

  1. Cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position (1 page maximum).
  2. Research statement describing your current and planned research activities and interests and their connections to IBS and PSP (3 pages maximum).
  3. Teaching statement that includes a description of your prior teaching experience, mentorship experience, and courses you feel qualified to teach (2 pages maximum).
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. Three publications that exemplify your professional contributions to the field (publications should be packaged into one PDF to fit in available upload fields in the application)
  6. Names and contact information for 3 references who can provide search committee members with insights regarding your qualifications for the position. Reference letters will only be requested from finalists.

For questions, please contact Professor Karl G. Hill, chair of the Search Committee, at

Review of applications will begin Tuesday, November 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Karl G. Hill

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