We seek candidates whose program of research will engage undergraduate students. The area of research specialty is open but we have a preference for candidates whose research engages questions about linkages between the brain and behavior in animal models or humans. We are interested in broadly trained candidates who will enhance the departmental offerings in biological areas and s Arizona State University: The School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University is launching a new and innovative initiative in Diversity and Inclusion Science and we are hiring up to two full-time postdoctoral research associates to join us in this effort.
Efforts to increase diversity typically fall into two broad classes: Our purpose in this column is to draw attention to another compelling rationale for increasing diversity in the sciences, a rationale that is intrinsic to the process of scientific inquiry and to the effectiveness of science education.
We start from an expansive conception of science that includes not only the biological, physical, social, and psychological sciences, but also the practices within these disciplines, the ecological validity of their research programs, and the manner in which novices — especially K students — learn these disciplines.
Lee Our point is that attention to cultural membership and cultural practices is central to equity goals and national needs, but also equally important for the construction of knowledge and for the enterprise of science itself.
Moreover, we cannot and do not shed our cultural practices at the door when we enter the domain of science, science education, or science learning. Validity in the sciences involves much more than attending to canons about the need for proper controls, replicability, and the like.
It involves choices about what problems to study, what populations to study, and what procedures and measures should be used. In making these choices, diverse perspectives and values are important. Consider the strong correlation between social-science researchers and the people they study.
This predominantly White middle-class group of scientists focuses their research programs primarily on White, middle-class populations. Consider, for example, wildlife biologist Flo Gardipee, who studies population structure and gene flow in North American bison.
She has pioneered the practice of using fecal samples for DNA collection Gardipee et al. This method allows the widespread sampling of free-ranging bison populations with minimal human interference to their behavior and activities.
Diverse perspectives often are associated with diverse research foci and the generation of new findings. For example, when female scientists began to study primate social behavior, new insights into both female and male behaviors were uncovered Hrdy, On a more abstract level, there are formal proofs that diversity of orientations can even trump ability in problem solving.
For example, Scott Page has documented how the presence of diverse perspectives including gender and ethnic diversity in collective problem-solving in business and other organizations leads to more innovative solutions.
Even when the focus is on the same topics with the same methods and measures, diversity may help. The sociology of science tends to converge on accuracy when different biases or errors cancel each other out, but this is less likely to happen when lack of diversity leads to correlated error.
Another warrant for consideration is evidence of the fundamental role of culture in human learning, suggesting that there is no reason to think learning in science or the practices of science is somehow acultural or simplistically universal.
Current developmental research in both cultural psychology, as well as cultural and social neuroscience, underscores the fact that human development is an outgrowth of dynamic relations between our biological endowments and the shaping role of our environment.
Indeed, developments in the fields of cultural and social neuroscience provide a window into how human learning is an outgrowth of the threading of biological and environmental i. These diverse pathways for learning and development enhance our ability as a species to survive.
What such diversity means for the teaching and learning of science, particularly in K environments, remains a significant challenge that we think has important implications for achieving greater equity in opportunities to learn science. This includes not only how students learn science, but what science they learn, and what conceptions of doing science become part of their repertoires.
Developing a robust epistemology of science is enhanced when students learn that knowledge in science is contested.
Because the sciences are intended to have predictive or explanatory power, challenges to ecological validity often arise from diverse of points of view. These contestations have been documented nicely in the history of science, especially when scientific practices and investigations went beyond a Eurocentric focus.
The fields of ethnobiology and ethnomathematics provide additional illustrations. Our overarching argument is that both equity outcomes as well as knowledge production in the sciences are enhanced by attention to cultural diversity specifically diversity of ideas, methods, populations, and sites of scientific practice.
Practices across the sciences, including psychological science, are cultural, and the norms that influence such practices emerge from across diverse sites, from diverse practitioners, addressing diverse problems. Just as the diversity of pathways for development within and across human populations does not argue there is nothing holding us as a species together, recognizing the cultural embeddedness of scientific research does not undermine the canons that hold the sciences together.
Rather, it is the dynamic relations across sites of diversity that make for adaptability to changing circumstances, a hallmark for all kinds of development and growth. Recognizing the cultural nature of science practices provides a new perspective on the engagement with and learning of science.
When women and underrepresented minorities see their own orientations and practices recognized and supported as relevant to the practices of science, the field of science should seem much more attractive to them.
But our key thesis is that our sciences will be all the better for the perspectives that diverse scholars can bring to them. A psychological science owned and operated by Western, White middle-class scholars resembles a self-ethnography more than a true psychological science.
Footnotes  Locus of control refers to a theory developed by Julian B. Individuals with an internal locus of control believe that they are in control of their lives.
In contrast, individuals with an external locus of control believes that their environment, a higher power, or other people control their life.Diversity in Psychology The Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona is strongly committed to supporting diversity in all areas including but not limited to age, socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, language, disabilities, and the intersection of multiple underserved identities.
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The Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona is strongly committed to supporting diversity in all areas including but not limited to age, socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, language, disabilities, and .
The Department of Psychology is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our student body, faculty and staff group, and the community we serve. The Clinical Psychology Program is pleased to offer a "Diversity Scholar" fellowship for students who can contribute to the diversity of our program. Diversity-Related Resources: Lawrence and the University of Kansas Main Campus. At Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology (SGP), diversity is centered at the heart of our mission. As such, we value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, and strive to create respectful and welcoming learning environments.
We view Diversity and Inclusion as central to our mission as a Department of Psychology. Because Psychology is a science of human behavior, it is critical for our faculty and graduate students to understand and embrace diversity of human experiences.
Diversity in Psychology Submitted by Tony Vrondissis on February 17, - pm Thank you for your article in general and your observations in particular about being direct when confronting diversity in the therapeutic relationship. Jan 29, · Diversity Committee The University of Toledo Department of Psychology Diversity Committee includes faculty and students committed to working collaboratively to advance and support diversity in the curriculum, department, institution, and local community.