Department Chair: Child and Family Development

San Diego, California
Dec 21, 2016
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

San Diego State University

College of Education

Department of Child and Family Development

Chair, Associate or Full Professor Position


Position Description: The Department of Child and Family Development (CFD) at San Diego State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the Associate or Full rank. The appointment will begin July 1, 2017. The Department offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree/ licensure programs in early childhood education, family life education, and early childhood mental health. We invite applicants with outstanding research and leadership trajectories in a range of disciplines related to child and family studies.

Responsibilities: The Chair oversees curriculum and instruction for all undergraduate and graduate programs; coordinates and writes reviews and evaluations of programs, courses, faculty, and staff; manages the budget and fiscal matters; contributes to community outreach; represents CFD on College, University, community, and state committees and councils; participates in fund raising and professional development initiatives; and engages with students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders on departmental matters.

Candidate Requirements

Background for all Faculty Applicants:

  • qualify for rank of associate or full professor and meets the department, college and university standards for tenure;
  • earned doctorate in human development, family and child studies, early childhood mental health, or a closely related field;
  • have a record of exemplary teaching and evidence of strong scholarship and service appropriate for associate or professor rank;
  • have a record of demonstrated leader experience;
  • have experience in obtaining external funds;
  • possess effective interpersonal, administrative and collaborative management skills necessary for providing department leadership within the college and university

Candidate Preferences:

  • demonstrated ability in developing and sustaining working relationships with faculty and staff, the PreK-12 community, community-based organizations, and appropriate local, national, and international organizations;
  • experience in higher education administration;
  • experience in building collaborative department, institutional and community partnerships to support student experiences and the development of research and service opportunities;
  • willingness to be actively involved with local, state, regional, national and international organizations concerned with child and family development;
  • experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families


Appointment will be at the rank of tenured professor with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.


Please apply via Interfolio at  To ensure full consideration, please submit your application materials by January 31, 2017, although applications will be considered until the position is filled.


SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23 campuses California State University system. With more than 6,400 faculty and staff and over 33,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Website:


The College of Education comprises seven diverse departments/schools committed to one unified mission: to prepare effective professionals for a variety of societal service delivery and leadership roles across a range of settings including schools, post secondary institutions, social service agencies, and vocational rehabilitation organizations.  The College contributes to the knowledge base in both educational theory and practice through professional inquiry and scholarship. The College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, to increase institutional effectiveness, and to promote social justice. Website:


The Department of Child and Family Development is a highly integrated academic unit within the College of Education. The SDSU Child and Family Development (CFD) Department’s mission is to prepare students to become early childhood educators and professionals who work with children, families, schools and communities. The focus of the department is on the study of social emotional development as the underlying foundation for all other areas of development including physical, cognitive, motor, and language. The program represents an interdisciplinary field of study with a basic assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and public policy. The Department’s emphasis on primary prevention prepares students with hands-on experiences through community-based learning.  The Department includes 14 full-time and approximately 14 part-time faculty and serves a student body of between 500 to 600 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students.  Website:

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.