This position will be filled by a scholar with a focused, innovative research program examining neurodevelopmental differences associated with IDDs. Experience utilizing psychophysical, quantitative behavioral, or structural or functional brain imaging strategies are preferred. Studies of brain development in IDDs have documented a diverse range of changes that vary across ages and conditions. These biobehavioral markers are associated with a broad range of phenotypic outcomes that cut across traditional boundaries of behaviorally defined disorders. This complex picture demands multidisciplinary strategies and state-of-the-art developmental, cognitive neuroscience and computational approaches to better determine how neurodevelopmental differences associated with IDDs relate to clinical outcomes and may inform more individualized therapeutic approaches. This faculty hire will have a developing or established program of research examining the complex neurodevelopmental processes related to IDDs and the diverse phenotypes associated with these conditions. The faculty hire will be expected to lead and grow these approaches at KU and KUMC and collaborate with a range of scholars across disciplines and research foci. This faculty hire will be able to leverage our new research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner scheduled to be installed in Spring, 2024, as well as our extensive and diverse research registries focused on infants, individuals with IDDs, and all individuals evaluated through the University of Kansas Health System.
Teaching/advising, research, and service expectations
Psychology (0.50/0.75 FTE)
The appointment in PSYC would be 50% FTE for the first five years, and 75% thereafter. Evaluation prior to/following five years would be based on a weighting of 20%/30% teaching/advising, 20%/30% research, and 10%/15% service.
The current classroom teaching assignment for full-time faculty members is two courses per semester. With a .50 FTE appointment, the teaching load for this position will be one course/semester; with a .75 appointment, the teaching load would be three courses/year.
All faculty members are expected to engage in a program of research and to share their scholarship with colleagues and/or the public at large through publication or other creative activities. This position will be expected to engage in a productive program of research on etiology of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs)
All faculty members are expected to fulfill their share of service duties needed to facilitate the efficient operation of the Department. Faculty may provide service at the College and University levels and in regional, national, and international activities of the discipline. Activities that foster effective relationships with alumni and other professionals and associations as well as community groups also constitute service.
Research and service expectations
The Life Span Institute (0.50/0.25 FTE):
Over the first five years/subsequent years, the hired Assistant/Associate/Senior Scientist serving within the Life Span Institute (LSI) is expected to engage in the following activities:
Assistant, Associate or Senior Scientists are expected to establish, develop, and sustain an independent and nationally/internationally visible program of research. This includes responsibility for the management and conduct of research as well as the dissemination of the products of that research in appropriate venues (e.g., high-impact, peer-reviewed journals) as well as at meetings or conferences at appropriate levels (e.g., international, national). Scientists are also expected to be consistently and regularly engaged in the pursuit of external funding to sustain their research program. This includes the assumption of leadership roles in the preparation and submission of proposals to funding sources outside of the institution, and may involve the initiation of, or participation in, collaborative proposals.
Assistant, Associate or Senior Scientists are expected to participate in service activities at the international, national, regional and state levels appropriate to their professional discipline. These may include participation in peer review for journal editorial boards, federal granting agencies (NIH, NSF, USDE, etc.), and foundation funding agencies (e.g., Autism Speaks), serving as officer in professional societies and associations, and other activities such as invited presentations to governmental, professional, and community organizations. The Assistant, Associate or Senior Scientist is also expected to provide limited service to the LSI as necessary and appropriate (e.g., promotion committee, representing the LSI within the institution).
Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at: http://policy.ku.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/faculty-code-of-rights
Summer salary acquired through grants or through summer teaching would be in addition to academic year salary. Summer salary is based on your academic salary rate and varies from year to year.