We consider parallel, identical machine scheduling problems, where the jobs are subject to precedence constraints and release dates, and where the processing times of jobs are governed by independent probability distributions. Our objective is to minimize the expected value of the total weighted completion time. Building upon a linear programming relaxation by Mohring, Schulz, and Uetz [ J. ACM, 46 ( 1999), pp. 924 - 942] and a delayed list scheduling algorithm by Chekuri et al. [SIAM J. Comput., 31 ( 2001), pp. 146 - 166], we derive the first constant-factor approximation algorithms for this model.