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Human Development & Family Sciences, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor (41211)

University of Central Oklahoma
Main Campus - Edmond, OK, 73034
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Job Location: Main Campus - Edmond, OK

Position Type: Faculty


Position Overview:

The Human Environmental Sciences Department-Human Development and Family Science Program seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor to begin August 2022. The Human Development and Family Science assistant professor provides a quality learning experience for students. The assistant professor serves as a teacher and facilitator of learning and will perform job-related responsibilities in a timely manner. The assistant professor is expected to deliver an educational experience to students consistent with the mission, policies, and procedures of the college. Teaching, research, and departmental/school service are expected, as well as specific service to the college and department’s support of online delivery.

Teaches, advises, and mentors students, evaluates student performance and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook.

The general schedule for this position is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday; Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with education and experience.

College Overview:

The College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is a diverse unit offering 21 undergraduate and 29 graduate majors. CEPS is home to Oklahoma’s first teacher preparation academy and includes seven academic departments: Adult Education & Safety Sciences; Curriculum & Instruction; the Donna Nigh Department of Advanced Professional & Special Services; Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research; Human Environmental Sciences; Kinesiology & Health Studies; and Psychology.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

The Human Environmental Sciences Department is seeking a quality tenure-track, assistant professor to serve our students in some combination of online and face-to-face classes. The assistant professor’s primary responsibilities for teaching will be connected to those courses needed for the Marriage and Family Therapy degree path, and other courses as needed. Courses taught may include Child & Family Theories, Lifespan Development, Families in Crisis, Marriage and Intimate Relationships, and Ethics in Family Studies. Teaches a course load of 12 credit hours for the semester, advises and mentors Marriage and Family Therapy students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department records in accordance with university policies. The candidate must hold an active Marriage and Family Therapy license, preferably in the state of Oklahoma. The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of Marriage and Family Therapy state licensure policies and procedures in Oklahoma and maintain strong ties to the Marriage and Family profession and community. Also, the successful candidate will adhere to the educational philosophy of the university, and work in a collaborative manner with colleagues, members of professional organizations, and community leaders in the Marriage and Family Therapy field. Excellence in teaching and demonstrated and/or potential for scholarly activity is requested.

UCO Land Acknowledgment

The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes that we gather on land entrusted to the care and protection of the Caddo and Wichita peoples. These lands are part of the wider state of Oklahoma which is shared by the 39 sovereign Indigenous Nations including the Kiowa, Comanche, Osage, Apache, and Fort Sill Apache Nations; and is associated with the forced relocation of Nations through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The university was built on Unassigned Land within seized portions of Indian Territory taken from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Nations by the federal government in 1866. Beginning in 1889, this land was distributed through several Land Runs intended to confine and erase Indigenous peoples from this territory. We acknowledge the historical events that have and continue to affect Indigenous people of this land. We pledge to honor and respect Indigenous knowledges and worldviews as we sustain a meaningful relationship with the Sovereign Nations.

Inclusive Community at UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma affirms and promotes diversity in areas including race, class, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, religion, ideology, (dis)ability, affectional orientation, gender expression, and other aspects of self-identification. Our appreciation of diversity includes an awareness of the historical heritage on which the university was founded and the many struggles and sacrifices, both historically and currently, that confront underrepresented communities. Given this awareness, we actively strive to enrich the experience of the entire community by implementing practices that remove barriers to those communities served least well by existing systems. We do this not only because it is right, but also because diversity enriches the experiences and expands the social and conceptual horizons of students, faculty, and staff members while enhancing the university’s ability to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.

Qualifications Qualifications Required:

    An earned Doctorate degree, or well along the doctoral degree trajectory, awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, Human Development & Family Science, or closely related field (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval). The successful candidate must hold an active Marriage and Family Therapy license, preferably in the state of Oklahoma.Experience with D2L and other online learning platforms. Possess excellent communication, problem solving, and organizational skills.Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected.
**NOTE:** If the doctorate is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to tenure-track instructor.

Experience preferred:

    Teaching in face-to-face and online experience preferred. Experienced with the licensure process in Marriage and Family Therapy in the state of Oklahoma.


    Training and research in the area of Marriage and Family Therapy, Family Relations, Human Growth and Development.

Physical demands:

Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stopping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full-time faculty, 450 adjunct faculty and over 850 staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.

With 117 undergraduate majors and 59 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.

Central's appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Central is also an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.   Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.

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The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.


UCO will become one of the Top 10 metropolitan universities of our kind in the United States by providing a transformative education as well as development experiences that help learners achieve their highest level of leadership potential.


The University of Central Oklahoma transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning. 

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.

About Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro

The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, a part of the growing, thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area. At Central, our students, faculty and staff get the best of both worlds - the "small town" feel of Edmond, with the big city excitement of the Oklahoma City metro. Both the Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro consistently rank nationally among the safest, most affordable and most exciting places to live. In fact, Edmond recently ranked among the best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine and Family Circle magazine, and Oklahoma City ranked sixth in the nation for the "Best Places for Young Adults" by From year-round arts, music and theater offering, to exciting sporting events like the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, to first class shopping, dining and more, Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro offer a diverse, active, culturally enriched lifestyle that's on the move to even bigger and better opportunities.

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