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Asst Professor, Adult Development and Aging

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department: Human Development & Family Science
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech announces an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in adult development and aging and research expertise in the construction of novel person, dyadic, and/or family-centered interventions that address the health, well-being, and function of older adults, and the needs of their families and/or communities.

The successful candidate would collaborate with faculty in Human Development and Family Science and other departments and research institutes across the Blacksburg campus (e.g., Engineering, Transportation, Computer Science, Counselor Education, Psychology, and Public Health), as well as the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute on the Roanoke Health Science and Technology campus and the Northern Virginia Innovation campus. 

Responsibilities Include the Following:

  • Maintain a program of externally funded research and publications
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses
  • Advise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including directing master’s theses and doctoral dissertations
  • Contribute to university shared governance through committee membership
  • Engage in community outreach and provide professional service to the field

Qualifications Include the Following:

  1. Expertise in the construction of novel person, dyadic, and/or family-centered interventions that address the health, well-being, and function of older adults, and the needs of their families and/or communities.
  2. An interest in studying relationships among human behaviors, the social environment, and life course events as they affect functioning in adulthood
  3. An interdisciplinary perspective that integrates a variety of methodological approaches and theories from related disciplines, such as developmental science, behavioral science, neuroscience, genetics, and computational science.

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.

Required Qualifications

All candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. degree in human development, psychology, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise with developing interventions using methodological innovations and contemporary approaches (i.e., technology) with diverse older adults and families will receive priority.

Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

Review of applications will begin January 14, 2020 and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed.

Additional Information

Applications must be submitted electronically at Attach to the electronic application please submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vita, three letters of references who can speak to your qualifications for the position, and a research statement that describes your research agenda, any published work, and any work in progress that demonstrates your research productivity.

Questions may be directed to Laura Sands, Search Committee Chair at

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

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).


About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation, please contact the hiring department.

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