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Assistant/Associate Professor in Housing and Consumer Economics

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Housing and Consumer Economics


FACS-Fin Plan,Housing&Cnsm Ecn

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics is one of the four academic units in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with an enrollment of approximately 320 undergraduate and 90 graduate students. Undergraduate programs include Consumer Economics (with an optional emphasis in Applied Consumer Analytics), Social Entrepreneurship, Financial Planning, and Housing Management and Policy (with an optional emphasis in Residential Property Management). The Department is staffed by 20 faculty members with expertise in consumer decision making, consumer and family policy, financial literacy, financial planning, housing, and residential property management. Extension and public service faculty provide practical, research-based information to Georgia residents to improve quality of lives and communities. The department provides research and outreach in support of local government through the Housing and Demographics Research Center.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Closing date: Complete applications received by March 17, 2023 will be given full consideration. The college plans to fill this position by August 2023, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Complete applications will include a letter of application, a vita, a copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript for graduate study, a sample of scholarly writing, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of reference are preferred but not required unless invited to interview. Applicants should request that three letters of reference be sent directly to Melissa McBride ( Questions about this position or the application process should be directed to Dr. Kim Skobba ( or Ms. Melissa McBride (

The college welcomes applications and nominations of minorities and others who share our desire to support a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Open Rank

Faculty Rank:

Open Rank (Tenure Track)

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Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate in consumer economics, consumer behavior, housing management and policy, policy analysis or a closely related discipline with computational expertise in Geospatial Analysis, experimental design and other qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Position Summary:

The Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor in Housing and Consumer Economics.

The faculty member will have a 50% Research / 50% Teaching nine-month, full time appointment in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics, but will be expected to collaborate across campus on research, outreach, and teaching. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research agenda and secure external funding. The candidate is also expected to deliver courses in Housing Management and Policy, Consumer Economics and conduct research dedicated to the application of common methods to collect large scale datasets, and analyze using applications such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based tools and techniques. Their research will involve gathering, displaying, and manipulation of imagery, GPS, satellite photography and historical data such as street addresses and postal codes to study problems related to the role of housing and neighborhood characteristics on cognitive aging of diverse populations. It is expected that the successful candidate will collaborate with others to grow and/or sustain all scholarly undergraduate and graduate programs and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics. The primary teaching assignment for the individual filling this position will be housing management and policy, and consumer economics related courses. The hired faculty member will be required to advise undergraduate and graduate students, participate in departmental and collegiate governance and professional organizations, and pursue active membership in relevant professional organizations.

Computational Social Sciences Cluster Hire: The position is part of a campus-wide Presidential Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring Initiative in Computational Social Sciences that aims to recruit a total of 50 faculty members who will educate students and advance research in data science and AI. Rather than being housed exclusively in a single department; however, the majority of UGA’s newly recruited faculty will focus on the fusion of data science, AI, and computational social sciences in cross-cutting areas such as health and medicine, biomanufacturing, infectious diseases, integrative precision agriculture, ethics, cybersecurity, resilient communities, and the environment. Specifically, the candidate for these positions should bridge research efforts between Applied Social Science Interventions for Community cluster hires across the University in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Public Health, and School of Social Work.

Additional Requirements:

Appointment to rank of associate professor will be extended to individuals with at least five years as assistant professor (eligible for promotion to rank of associate professor upon appointment) at a comparable institution and must show clear and convincing evidence of high levels of attainment in teaching and research and commensurate national or international recognition related to developmental science and/or family studies. The successful candidate must show evidence of, or clear potential for, successful teaching at the graduate level and securing external research funding. See UGA’s criteria for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

At least one degree in Family and Consumer Sciences is preferred. Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based tools and techniques.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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