In Developmental Psychology, it seems as if Cognitive/Neuroscience positions are the majority of Developmental positions (I completely understand why). As a Developmental Psychologist who studies aspects of social development, it seems like many of the positions are not geared for those who study aspects of social development. Are any social developmentalists getting interviews in traditional Psychology Departments this year? I already have a T-T job at a R-1. But, am on the market. It seems like the social development jobs are now in Education/ Public Health departments. Am I just overreacting?
Date: 01 Nov 2013 12:06
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AnnaBanana, I totally agree… this was not our year for jobs! Lots of great schools have developmental searches going on, but the job ads are overwhelmingly cog neuro/early child cognitive development this year. I hope this trend is not a permanent one, and have my fingers crossed for better options next year.
I am a friendship person and i totally agree with ya. the hot rend now is social-cognitive development. the trend is also reflected in child dev and dev psy recent publications. it could be my bias, social dev is less sexy compared other developmental fields (neuro, cog, health)..
I share the same thought as @anon re: social dev being less sexy. But to me, it's the most sexy! My research involves social-cognitive development as well, but many times the job ads exclude my interests in this area.
However, I am feeling the same way about the lack of social dev. ads. I'm glad that I have more year in my post-doc if i need it. I've had no bites this year so far. But hopefully it's still early (or at least that's what I keep saying to myself).
The neuroscience trend is hitting every area. As a cognitive psychologist without experience in imaging, I'm not qualified for half of the jobs posted under the "cognitive" section of this wiki because I only do behavioral research.
I think the developmental posts that explicitly ask for social development were west virginia and u of Missouri.
I'm just a little unclear on this. I've noticed that many PhD programs don't have any social development people. Does this mean that they don't offer any classes in Social Development (or adolescence, temperament, etc.) because they have no professors to teach them? This seems strange to me. Or do teaching professors pick these courses up?
Have any social development people gotten jobs thus far? My sense is that the hires thus far have been overwhelmingly cognitive.
I'm a cognitive dev. person and was just told that I was *not* hired because they decided to go with someone who is a social developmentalist. So, at least one person did :-) Besides that person, I don't know of any developmental people who have gotten hired at all. Alas !
As a social dev person, I have received a few interviews and an offer, but all of them are in quantitative area.