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Department Chair and Professor of Child and Family Studies

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Department of Child and Family Studies

Department Chair and Professor of Child and Family Studies

Starting Date:

August, 2019

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent in Child or Human Development, Psychology, Education, or other closely-related fields (e.g. Social Work) from an accredited institution is required at the time of application.
2) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
3) A documented record of sustained accomplishments in a program of research, including publications in scholarly journals.
4) Evidence of organizational and leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of experience training students or administering programs in one or more of the following professional areas: early child development and Early Childhood Education (ECE), California Teacher Credentialing and waiver programs, Child Life Specialist certification, and/or Certification in Family Life Education.
2) Evidence of experience with instructional leadership and program planning.
3) Documented department chair or other administrative experience.
4) Evidence of successful community partnership development.


The successful candidate will serve at least one term as Department Chair, and will continue to contribute to the department as a tenured faculty member. The Department Chair will support the department’s vision and mission, and will lead the department efficiently and effectively to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff. The Chair is responsible for assigning all courses offered in the department, supervising and mentoring department staff and faculty, and managing all department business.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University’s alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

The College:

Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services is committed to educating and preparing human service professionals to become innovative practitioners and leaders. The College includes the following academic schools and departments: Department of Child and Family Studies, Department of Communication Disorders, Department of Public Health, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science, Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.    The College promotes the integration of teaching, research, policy, and public service in an interdisciplinary context. Knowledge, skill, and caring provide the foundation for educating a diverse workforce of the future who effectively serves multicultural urban communities. The College strives to be student-centered, faculty and staff focused, and community minded.

The Department:

The mission of the Department of Child and Family Studies is to prepare individuals to understand the relationship between theory, research and practice and to apply this knowledge to issues in the field of human development and family studies.  The department curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary approach to the study of children and families, and the social contexts that influence development. The undergraduate major has two options: Option I, General Option, prepares students to work as administrators in preschools, day care centers or youth agencies or to gain entry into careers with children and families in early education, health, pediatric or community based settings. Option II, a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)-approved Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation Program, provides students a broad-based education in multiple subjects that provides a waiver of the California Subject Examinations For Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET:MS). The department also offers a two-year Master of Arts degree in Child Development, which strengthens professional competence and prepares individuals for various leadership positions in child and family–serving organizations. For more information, see our website at http://www.calstatela.edu/hhs/cfs.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below: 
1) A cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment http://www.calstatela.edu/2019/college-health-human-services/hhs-cfs-ttf   Form

Finalists will be required to submit: 
1) Official transcripts.
2) At least two current letters of recommendation.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin October 30, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: [email protected]. Please type “Child and Family Studies Department Chair Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Allison Sidle Fuligni) at: [email protected] or 323-343-5841.

Note: 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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.





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Job No:
Posted: 9/11/2018
Application Due: 11/10/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.