Assistant Professor of Practice - Family Studies and Human Development

Tucson, AZ
Apr 14, 2021
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Sch of Family & Consum Sci-Ins

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences is seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice to teach face-to-face and online undergraduate and graduate courses in Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC), expected to start in August 2021. This is a 9-month, full-time (1.0 FTE) appointment (non-tenure-eligible); additional summer teaching opportunities may be available. The position will involve 90% teaching and 10% service (approximately three classes per academic semester). This position is central to the teaching mission of the Norton School and involves teaching courses during fall and spring semesters as well as expectations of professional development and service. The initial contract is for one year, with 1 to 3-year contracts available thereafter based on performance.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teach 6 (six) FSHD courses per academic year (both face-to-face and online) in areas including family studies (e.g., family dynamics, parenting) and lifespan human development (e.g., child development).
  • Participate in service activities that support the strategic plan of the Norton School; service roles include department, college, and university.
  • Participate in committees including those assigned by the Norton School Director or Program Chair, College, or University.
  • Opportunities to participate on master’s thesis and dissertation committees for graduate students in FSHD.
  • Participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to teach courses in research methods and critical thinking.
  • Contributes to teaching-related scholarship in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and inclusive teaching experience consistent with the mission and values of a Hispanic-Serving Institution
  • Demonstrated ability to teach students with diverse backgrounds.
  • Current knowledge in the field of teaching and learning.
  • Uses and is knowledgeable about technology specific to teaching.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching about families, relationships, and human development.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in family studies, human development, psychology, sociology, marriage & family therapy, education, or a related field.
  • College teaching experience in both face-to-face and online formats.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current knowledge and teaching experience in the areas of parenting, lifespan human development, and child development.
  • Experience teaching large courses

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Tenure Information:

Career-Track (CT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


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Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Russell Toomey, Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please provide a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and names and contact information for three references along with a cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.