Assistant Professor, Family Studies
Job no: 511570
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department: Human Development & Family Science
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty
Virginia Tech invites applications for one full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Family Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Science to start Fall 2020 at our main campus in Blacksburg, VA. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) or a related field, with a doctorate in HDFS preferred. We are especially looking for individuals with expertise in family policy and community interventions.
As a department, HDFS conducts translational research that values social justice and highlights disparities and injustice as they pertain to families across the lifespan. HDFS faculty and Family Studies in particular are concerned with systemic inequities that affect individual and family well-being in diverse community contexts. Faculty research has focused on domains such as families and health, violence, and immigration and criminal justice, with intersections among gender, race, class, sexuality, regionality, nationality, ability/disability, and the like. We are seeking a scholar who has a research agenda that contributes to community engagement and outreach and advances policy analysis at the local, state, and federal levels.
The ideal candidate for this position will maintain a program of research excellence, will be successful securing extramural funding, and will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated expertise in utilizing policy relevant methodologies that are theoretically grounded and integrate a variety of analytic approaches (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, and or mixed methods).
Responsibilities Include the Following:
- Maintain a program of externally funded research and scholarly publications
- Advise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including directing master’s theses and doctoral dissertations
- Teach graduate and undergraduate family courses; standard teaching load is two courses per each of the two semesters of the academic year
- Serve on departmental, college, and university committees
- Occasional travel to attend professional conferences
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) or a related field.
Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science; Preferred qualifications include demonstrated expertise in utilizing policy relevant methodologies and community interventions that are theoretically grounded and integrate a variety of analytic approaches (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, and or mixed methods).
Commensurate with experience
The review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science seeks to be an inclusive community. We recognize that diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and contributes to just engagement in all the world’s communities. The department is committed to advancing diversity among our faculty and student bodies, as well as all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.
About the Department of Human Development and Family Science
The Department of Human Development and Family Science, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has programs that cover the human life cycle. Currently there are approximately 700 undergraduate and 50 graduate HDFS students on the Blacksburg campus. There are 29 faculty, instructors, and research associates in the department. The department houses three centers on the Blacksburg campus: The Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Adult Day Services, and the Family Therapy Center. In the last 12 years, the Department of Human Development and Family Science has twice won the university's Exemplary Department Award. We also offer a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in the National Campus Region (NCR).
To apply please complete the electronic application at jobs.vt.edu (Job Number 511570) and include your Cover Letter, CV/Resume, and List of 3 references.
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
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