Assistant/Associate Professor, Child & Adolescent Development

Blacksburg, Virginia
Jan 07, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant/Associate Professor, Child and Adolescent Development
Department of Human Development and Family Science
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Virginia Tech
(Position #0F2159)

The Department of Human Development and Family Science invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the Child and Adolescent Development area with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, Education, or a related field at the time of appointment. We are especially looking for individuals with expertise in early childhood education and/or learning sciences. The starting date is August 10, 2019. Review of applications will begin January 25, 2019 and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed.


  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, Education, or a related field at the time of appointment
  • Expertise in early childhood education, learning sciences, educational policies, and/or curriculum/instruction in early and/or middle childhood Preferred
  • Evidence of successful external funding
  • Classroom teaching experience in early childhood/elementary school settings
  • Experience teaching in higher education settings
  • Interdisciplinary perspective that integrates a variety of methodological approaches with a strong theoretical foundation
  • Interest in Virginia Tech’s university-wide, multi-disciplinary initiatives focused on Adaptive Brain and Behavior (, Policy (, and/or Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition (

Responsibilities Include the Following:

  • Maintain a program of externally funded research and scholarly publications
  • Advise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including directing master’s theses and doctoral dissertations
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses; standard teaching load is two courses per each of the two semesters of the academic year
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees

About the Department of Human Development and Family Science (
The Department of Human Development and Family Science, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has programs that cover the human life cycle. Currently there are approximately 700 undergraduate and 50 graduate HDFS students on the Blacksburg campus. There are 31 faculty, instructors, and research associates in the department. The department houses three centers on the Blacksburg campus: The Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Adult Day Services, and the Family Therapy Center. In the last 12 years, the Department of Human Development and Family Science has twice won the university's Exemplary Department Award.

About the Child Development Center for Learning and Research (
The Child Development Center for Learning and Research (CDCLR) is a top-rated, licensed early childhood education center that serves as a research, teaching, and observational learning site for Virginia Tech faculty and students. The Center serves 45 children ages 15 months to five years and their families, who represent a wide range of national and linguistic backgrounds. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and holds the highest rating from the Virginia Quality (QRIS) system. Research, teaching and administrative faculty and staff are active leaders in state quality improvement initiatives through program evaluation, needs assessments, and professional development training and mentoring. The research director facilitates new and existing faculty affiliation with the Center to promote research in child development and early childhood education, with regular partnerships with faculty in HDFS, Psychology, Education, and Engineering. The Center collaborates with the adjacent Adult Day Services Center in a “Neighbors Growing Together” intergenerational activities program and with local and state community stakeholders invested in advancing knowledge about and best practices in early childhood education and family development.

About Virginia Tech (
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8,000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries and is engaged in research globally. Virginia Tech was ranked No. 9 on a list of "The Top 25 Universities To Work For in 2014," by

To apply, go to and complete the on-line application. You will be asked to provide brief demographic information and to upload a cover letter describing qualifications and relevant experience in teaching and research, CV, and research and teaching statements. Applicants are required to include contact information for three (3) references.

If you have specific questions, please contact Professor Cindy Smith, Ph.D., Chairperson, Child and Adolescent Development Search Committee, at 540-231-4793 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations for the application process should notify University ADA Services Voice: 540-231-4638, TTY: 540-231-7227, [email protected]

The Department of Human Development and Family Science seeks to be an inclusive community. We recognize that diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and contributes to just engagement in all the world’s communities.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law” ( For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.