Wellesley College Child Study Center

Faculty Director

 Child Study Center


The Wellesley College Child Study Center is a laboratory preschool associated with the Department of Psychology at Wellesley College. The school, one of the first laboratory preschools in the United States, was established in 1913 to provide an exemplary educational environment for young children and to offer a high quality setting for research and training in child development, with a child-centered, play-based curriculum consistent with principles of developmentally appropriate practice. The school has a professional teaching staff of 3 Lead Teachers, 3 Assistant Teacher Interns, and approximately 50 undergraduate student teachers. Ten to twenty research projects are conducted at the center every year, and the school manages approximately 3,000 visitors per year (including researchers, undergraduates doing coursework, professionals, and parents). Each year, 44 children are enrolled. The school runs for 9 months of the year, and offers a three-hour morning program five days per week and an extended day option two days per week. The budget for the school is just under $500K and is covered by tuition, fundraising, and support from the college.   More information about the Child Study Center is available on our website, http://www.wellesley.edu/ChildStudy/index.html


The Faculty Director of the Child Study Center has full responsibility for the operations of the school, running a model early childhood program (for ages 2-5) with an exceptional learning environment for the training of undergraduate students, and overseeing a research laboratory setting where children and families participate in a variety of college-approved research projects. The Faculty Director is a member of the Psychology Department, teaches early childhood courses within the Education Department, and reports directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs regarding the administrative issues of the school.



·       Maintain an environment that provides high quality services to children and families within a positive setting for observation, study, and research in child development.

·       Develop effective fund-raising efforts in close coordination with College initiatives.

·       Implement and maintain the educational programs of the Child Study Center with strong oversight of the program’s operations.

·       Oversee public relations, admission, human resources, facilities operations, and fiscal and budget management, supervising a staff composed of an administrative assistant, professional teaching staff, teaching interns, students, and volunteers.

·       Oversee the school budget.

·       Work with the Psychology Department to set policy and strategy for the school.

·       Teach one lecture course per year in Education; supervise undergraduate teaching interns each semester and provide advising to students interested in licensure in early childhood.

·       Supervise independent studies and/or thesis research students.

·       Work with faculty and outside researchers to facilitate research projects at the school.

·       Support College faculty use of the Child Study Center as a teaching facility.

·       Oversee short-term and long-term planning efforts.

·       Provide research-based leadership for policies and practices in the local and national early childhood community.

·       Guide teachers and staff in following the Child Study Center’s tradition and practice of providing quality programs for families.

·       Oversee state licensing and professional accreditation standards.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or related field. Previous laboratory preschool experience preferred. Director I certification according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work with constituents of many ages.  Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills.  Familiarity with standard research protocols and experimental design.  Experience with fundraising for private institutions.  Must be able to work in a culturally diverse environment.


Applicants should submit a current curriculum vita; a letter outlining their teaching, research, and administrative experience and interests; reprints; and three letters of recommendation to Chair, Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA02481.   Wellesley College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.


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