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Job ID 24266
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

The position involves leadership of a nationally recognized department of 22 ranked faculty and 53 unranked, staff, and adjunct employees, along with 12 Extension field positions. Units within the department include the Child Development Laboratory ( - a teaching and research laboratory that provides exemplary care and education for infants and young children in a licensed and accredited educational setting) and the Center for Family Policy and Research ( - which focuses on state and national grant-funded research, outreach, systems-support, and policy work). HDFS offers on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate courses in child, adolescent, and adult development; early childhood education; child life, and family science. The University of Missouri is a Research 1 university and a member of the prestigious AAU. The department is currently ranked in the top 10% nationally in Academic Analytics for research productivity. In addition to teaching and research, MU is a land-grant university. The department works to fulfill that land-grant mission by bringing university research to Missourians through 12 Extension faculty. The Department Chair is expected to be an active researcher in addition to fulfilling administrative duties and teaching one course per year. Commitment to individual and family diversity in research, teaching, and service distinguishes the department's implementation of the inclusive excellence framework across all of its academic programs.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Application Materials

Upload application materials including a cover letter describing research and educational interests, curriculum vitae, up to two writing samples, and names and contact information for three references (no references letters at this time) to: Questions regarding the online application system are best directed to Human Resources: (573)882-7976. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Dale Fitch (Email [email protected] Phone: 573-884-7405)





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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