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Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science, Couple and Family Therapy Program

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island

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Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDF) in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor position in the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program, beginning Fall 2024. The University of Rhode Island is a Carnegie R2 Research institution that has an array of resources and opportunities for new faculty, including the URI CFT Clinic and Child Development Centers.

The CFT program trains graduate students to employ foundational clinical practices in multiple contexts, including at the URI Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, which serves 150 clients per year, and established community social service, school-based, and healthcare settings. Our program spans four decades and is the only COAMFTE accredited program in Rhode Island.

The Department, College, and University recognize that the field of HDF needs to be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. The HDF Department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks to serve as a representative inspiration for the next generations. As such, individuals under-represented in the HDF discipline, across race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected designation, are encouraged to apply. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity to enhance a sense of belonging and academic success among undergraduate and graduate students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Basic Function:

We seek a teacher/practitioner/scholar who is committed to the University of Rhode Island’s mission as a learner-centered research university where diversity, fairness, and respect are valued. The candidate is expected to conduct an active, focused program of scholarship yielding published peer-reviewed research, obtain external funding to support research, teach graduate and undergraduate courses and practica in couple and family therapy and other areas of human development and family science as needed, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and actively participate in department, college, and professional service activities.

Individuals under-represented in the couple and family therapy discipline, across race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected designation are encouraged to apply.

Please visit the URI jobs website at to apply for faculty job posting (F00381).   

The search will remain open until the position has been filled.  First consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2023. Applications received after (this date) November 1, 2023 may not be given full consideration.


The University of Rhode Island is an EEOD employer. 
Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.


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80 Lower College Road
North Kingston
Rhode Island

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