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Assistant Professor - MFT/MedFT - Human Development and Family Science

East Carolina University

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Job Title:

Assistant Professor - MFT/MedFT - Human Development and Family Science

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Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH Human Develo and Family Science

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Division :

Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Assistant Professor

Working Title :

Assistant Professor

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Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Qualifications

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Position Type:

Faculty (Teaching)

Job Category :

Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview:

The Department of Human Development and Family Science is one of six academic units in the College of Health and Human Performance. It has approximately 300 full-time students enrolled in one of four undergraduate programs: family and community services, birth-kindergarten teacher education (BK), family and consumer sciences education (FACS), and child life and 200 HDFS minors. Another 75 students are enrolled in an alternative licensure educational preparation program in BK or FACS. An additional 65 students are enrolled in one of two master’s programs: Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), an MAED Birth to Kindergarten (BK) concentration, or a Ph.D. program in Medical Family Therapy (MedFT). The department houses the Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center, the Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy, and the ECU Family Therapy Clinic. See for more information about the department, college, and university. The Medical Family Therapy program serves as the first of its kind in the nation and the MFT program was the first to be COAMFTE accredited in the state of North Carolina. Both programs hold a strong standing with COAMFTE.

Job Duties :

The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at East Carolina University (ECU) invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Level) in the program areas of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Medical Family Therapy (MedFT). Review of applications will begin February 2024 and continue until the position has been filled.

  • Develop an active research program, secure external funding; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; supervise master’s and doctoral level MFT students.
  • Chair theses and dissertations.
  • Advise MedFT/MFT students; and provide service to the profession, university, and community.
  • As part of their job duties, the candidate will employ innovation and demonstrate high proficiency in scholarship, research, teaching, clinical supervision, and the application of knowledge.

  • There is an expectation to be collegial and collaborative with students, staff, faculty, and administration.

Contingent upon availability of funds.

Minimum Education/Experience :

  • Earned PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, Medical Family Therapy or related field such as Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work.

  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in research, grant writing, teaching, clinical supervision and professional service.

  • Candidates with the PhD conferred at the time of initial appointment will hold the probationary rank of Assistant Professor. ABD candidates will also be initially appointed with the probationary term rank of Assistant Professor and must have the terminal degree conferred prior to their first reappointment.

Qualifying degrees must be received from regionally accredited institutions.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :

Eligible for North Carolina Licensure; AAMFT Approved Supervisor or AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :


Special Instructions to Applicant :

Application screening begins February 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

In order to apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at

  1. Cover letter addressing position description and briefly summarizes your education relative to the position and how you create a culture of care in your instruction, engagement, and supervision with your students.
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. A list of three references with contact information who can attest to your teaching, research, the potential for securing funding, and service in higher education.
  4. Copy of transcript from all graduate education programs from colleges/universities attended.
As part of the screening process, the references provided may be contacted.

At the time of employment two to three original letters of reference, official transcripts, a criminal background check, and proper documentation of identity and employability are required.

Applicants must complete a candidate profile by creating an account (see “Create Account” by following link below) online via the PeopleAdmin system (

Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system.

Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.

For letters of reference not submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system, please have the original signed letters mailed to Lee Gaylord (HDFS 932047) East Carolina University, College of Health and Human Performance 1000 East 5th Street, Rivers West 238 Mail Stop 505, Greenville, NC 27858.

For further information, please contact:Damon L. Rappleyea, PhD, MedFT/MFT Search Committee ChairDepartment of Human Development and Family ScienceCollege of Health and Human Performancerappleyead@ecu.edu252-737-2416

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date :


Open Until Filled:


Initial Screening Begins :


Rank Level:

Assistant Professor

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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