Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Job description

Position Number 998931

Functional Title Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Position Type Tenure Stream

Position Summary

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) seeks applicants for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor rank, Family Studies position to begin August 2018. We are particularly interested in a colleague whose research focuses on family and other intimate relationships among diverse populations. The ideal candidate would have a strong scholarly record that attends to context, is methodologically rigorous, and complements one or more of the department's additional core research areas including sociocultural context, human development, and young children's care and education.

The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the family studies core area, maintain an active research program, seek external funds to support research, advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students from diverse racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, and support the graduate and undergraduate programs through departmental service. The position involves working in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary department intentionally structured to prepare students and scholars to work effectively with diverse families and populations.

This is a 9-month full-time tenure-track position beginning August 1, 2018. Salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please see for information on benefits. UNCG is an EOE/AA/M/F/D/V employer and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through faculty diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of persons of color, persons with Latino background, and persons with disabilities.

The HDFS Department within the School of Health and Human Sciences is ranked as one of the top HDFS graduate programs in the country. The department is committed to interdisciplinary study, diversity, and internationalization and has 27 full-time faculty, over 700 undergraduate majors, 150 undergraduate minors, and approximately 100 graduate students in MEd, MS, and PhD programs. Students of color make up over 50% of the student population in the department. The HDFS Department is committed to a faculty that is representative of the diverse community and student population served. M.S. and doctoral students in Family Studies examine the role of individual, biological, relational, social, and cultural factors in diverse family relationships and implications for family members. The emphasis in the department on racial, ethnic and cultural variation acknowledges the merit of both between and within-group approaches for understanding family and other close relationships.

UNC Greensboro is a doctoral research-intensive university and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), with approximately 20,0000 students. UNCG is committed to its status as a diverse academic community as evidenced through teaching, research, and service. UNC Greensboro has been ranked among the "Great Colleges to Work For" by the Chronicle of Higher Education and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a High-Research Activity University with an added Community Engagement classification awarded for "deep engagement" at local, regional, national, and global levels. UNCG, the largest of six colleges/universities in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina is currently celebrating its 125th anniversary. Greensboro is a medium-sized city with a wide range of cultural, culinary, and arts opportunities including the International Civil Rights Museum. Greensboro's public parks, gardens, downtown greenway, and bike trails coupled with easy access to the coast and mountains offers many recreational opportunities. The rich diversity of the Triad provides a wealth of opportunities to engage in research with families of color including immigrant and refugee populations. Support for research and grant activity with diverse families includes the university's Center for New North Carolinians, the Child and Family Research Network, the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, and the Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships. Additional research supports include UNCG's Office of Research and Engagement, the Office of Sponsored Programs, facilities for the integrated collection of observational and physiological data including a newly installed state of the art fMRI facility, and centrally-managed statistical software available to all campus researchers for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral degree (requirements completed by July 1, 2018) in the field of Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, Psychology, or closely related field. Evidence of competence in college instruction. A record of scholarly publications and evidence of success or potential for success in securing external funding for research.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring students of color representing diverse racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds;
Strong methodological background evidencing a variety of research methods for studying families;
Expertise in the analysis of dyadic or family level data;
Experience in community-engaged research;
An interest in families and health or health disparities;
Teaching and/or research experience focused on contextual influences or the intersection of two or more social positions (e.g., race, ethnicity, culture, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, immigration status).

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin November 29, 2017 and will remain open until filled. Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter of interest describing qualifications including a reflection on fit with the position and one or more of the preferred qualifications for the position. In addition, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, two examples of recent scholarly manuscripts, and the names and contact information of three references.

Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) contacts to provide Letters of Recommendation, in the References section of the electronic application. These contacts will be solicited by the UNCGjobsearch system via email, and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur as soon as the applicant successfully submits the application and receives a confirmation number from the UNCGjobsearch system.

All materials should be submitted via this website. For questions about the position, please contact Heather Helms, Chair of Search Committee, [email protected] For assistance with uploading application materials, contact Jennifer Klaiber via phone (336) 334-5315 or email [email protected]

Recruitment Range Commensurate with experience

Org #-Department Human Development & Family Studies - 12403

Job Open Date 10/04/2017

For Best Consideration Date 11/29/2017

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Type of Appointment Permanent

FLSA Exempt

Number of Months per Year 9

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Research Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Reference Letter 1
  2. Reference Letter 2
  3. Reference Letter 3
  4. Link to Professional Portfolio
  5. Unofficial Transcript(s)
  6. Writing Sample(s)
  7. Other Documents

Supplemental Questions

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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/18/2018
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