Human Development and Family Science - Chair

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Job ID 27815
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS; at the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences seeks applicants for the position of Department Chair at the Associate or Full Professor Level (a 12-month appointment). An earned doctorate in human development and family science, or a related field, and a national reputation for excellence in scholarship (i.e., track record of external funding, top-tier research publications) and teaching are required. Candidates with successful administrative experience in academic leadership positions will be preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with scholarly expertise in the area of human development and family process across the lifespan that complement our program strengths.

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 Extension. The Department Chair is expected to fulfill administrative duties, participate in advancement activities, be an active researcher, and teach 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.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed starting October 28, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

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

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. 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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Posted: 9/14/2018
Application Due: 11/13/2018
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