Chairperson of Human Development and Family Studies – Appointment effective September 1, 2014
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware invites nominations and applications for a department chair. We seek a visionary senior scientist with a strong applied research program who can provide strong, dynamic, and innovative leadership to advance the Department’s research, teaching, and clinical practice to advance its reputation and national visibility. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in human development, family studies, community psychology, early childhood, social work, or a related field and be qualified for appointment at the associate or professor level in a tenure-line position. A strong record of externally funded research; commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching; ability to build effective collaborations across faculty, programs, units, and departments; knowledgeable about federal policy and an eagerness to learn about Delaware child and family policies; strategic budget planning experience; and imaginative management and interpersonal skills are required.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary academic unit within the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development. Presently, the Department consists of 19 faculty and staff who teach and supervise approximately 480 undergraduate and 35 graduate students. The Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Academic curricula lead to a B.S. degree with emphasis in Human Services or Early Childhood Education, and an M.S. and Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Studies. The Department has a strong commitment to scholarship and teaching, as well as to pre-service and in-service education. All programs stress applied scholarship, interdisciplinary approaches, risk and resiliency, and issues of diversity. Undergraduate programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. The Department also houses a state of the art Laboratory Preschool serving infants through kindergarteners and their families http://www.labpreschool.udel.edu/, the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood http://dieec.udel.edu/about-us, and New Directions Early Head Start http://www.hdfs.udel.edu/content/new-directions-early-head-start. Many faculty hold joint appointments in various research, service, and policy-oriented centers in the College of Education and Human Development as well as around the University. For additional information visit the department’s web site at http://www.hdfs.udel.edu/.
Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, Carnegie Research University (very high research activity), with external funding exceeding $180 million. A state-assisted, privately-governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.
Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Faculty and administrators have received annual across the board and merit salary increases, and the benefits package is one of the best in the nation. Relocation and research start-up costs are available. The chair position is a five-year renewable term appointment with a start date of September 1, 2014. An earlier start date is possible.
Review of applications will begin on October, 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a letter of application that includes a research statement, a leadership-style statement, contact information for three references, and a curriculum vitae as a single pdf document through the online application system (www.udel.edu/udjobs/). Candidates will be notified before references are contacted. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Carol Vukelich, Search Committee Chair, 302-831-1657 (Vukelich@udel.edu).
Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment.
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members and women. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http: //www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html.