Assistant Professor, Prevention Science/Youth Development

Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The department is seeking a well-qualified candidate to support graduate and undergraduate education, including our Ph.D. program in Youth Development and Family Science. The candidate must have expertise in youth development and family science with a focus on the study of socially and culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs and activities targeting youth and families. While the area of specialization in prevention science is open, it is required that the candidate have expertise in diversity, social inequality, and/or minority and underrepresented populations.


It is expected that the faculty member will engage in an active research program, publish in scholarly journals, and seek contract and grant funding to actively support their research program. The faculty member will also participate actively in graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing the results with their graduate students. 


It is expected that the faculty member will also engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses, advising and mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for their teaching program, supervising graduate and undergraduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations, and are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.


Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences ( is an academic unit in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research and Extension education programs.

The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences has 30 faculty located on the Gainesville campus. The interdisciplinary FYCS academic program has an undergraduate major with enrollment of over 300 students. The department has a total of 50 graduate students enrolled in the master’s degree program and the Ph.D. program in Youth Development and Family Science. The unit’s sponsored research and Extension activities have generated in excess of $20 million over the course of the past year. The Department’s mission is to enhance lifelong learning and the personal, social, economic and environmental well-being of diverse individuals, families and communities through state-of-the-art Extension, research, and teaching programs.  The department encompasses programs in youth development; human development; family science; consumer economics and resource management; community development and sustainability; and human nutrition, food safety, and health.  The department engages in collaborative working relationships with Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and other public and private universities in the state. 

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Human Development and Family Science or a closely related discipline (e.g., Education, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, or Sociology); and a strong program of research in prevention science focused on diversity, social inequality, minority, or underrepresented youth and families. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral experience; teaching experience; record of extramural funding; experience developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention or intervention programs 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by November 3, 2017.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:


Please refer to Requisition # 504753

Larry Forthun

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences

3014 McCarty Hall D

PO Box 110310

Gainesville, FL 32611-0310


Telephone:                               352-273-3528

Electronic Mail:             


Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
  • Application
  • Cover letter that states the applicant’s interest in the position, qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, and how their scholarship is related to research in prevention science with diverse youth and families
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts

    The final candidate will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .


    The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

    Health Assessment Required: No