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HES - Assistant Professor Human Development & Family Studies - Tenure Track - 520720

The University of Alabama

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Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Alabama
Categories: Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

217601 - Human Dev/Family Studies

Assistant Professor

Position Summary
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in addiction science.

Detailed Position Information
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in addiction science, broadly defined (e.g., risk/protective factors, prevention, treatment outcomes, recovery, etc.). We place priority on the selection of an applicant with an active research agenda in addiction science with a focus on studying diverse and/or at-risk populations, as demonstrated through a strong record of peer-reviewed research publications and involvement in externally funded research.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust scholarly research program with external support; teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses; advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and engage in professional service at the campus, community, state, and/or national level.

Minimum Qualifications
1. A doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies, Addiction Science, Prevention Science, Developmental Science, Public Health, Psychology, or a related field;
2. Evidence of scholarly work, including a strong research record, professional publications/presentations and/or participation in grant submissions or success at grant funding;
3. Strong interpersonal skills, including effective oral and written communication skills;
4. Teaching experience in higher education.
5. Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and research settings.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Expected start date of appointment is August 16, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the application deadline – November 15, 2023. Applicants with questions should contact Dr. Tricia Witte at To apply, upload the following documents: 1. Cover letter of application that describes the applicant’s qualifications, including evidence of a dedication to further The University of Alabama’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. A statement outlining the applicant’s research program 4. A statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy 5. The names and contact information for three to five (3-5) professional references

About the Division/College/School
At the College of Human Environmental Sciences, we empower students to bring about positive change in the world. Our faculty conduct advanced research, provide outreach and prepare a new generation of professionals with a shared goal of improving lives.

CHES brings together a wide range of disciplines which focus on the interaction between individuals, families and the environment. Five distinct departments cover a multitude of human science programs that help individuals across the lifespan improve their mental, physical and financial well-being. We touch people’s lives in the home, at school, in the workplace, at the dinner table, on the athletic field, and in a myriad of other arenas.

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

Advertised: 01 Sep 2023 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 15 Nov 2023 Central Standard Time


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The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

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  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
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