Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (Tenure-Track)

Central Michigan University
Posting Date
Central Michigan University

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies invites applications for a 10-month, tenure- track position at the assistant professor level to begin August 24, 2020. Successful candidates will demonstrate a deep understanding of the many forms of diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates should exhibit a strong commitment to teaching and learning about oppression, privilege, and institutional equity with a specific focus on the role of each in human development and family functioning. Preference will be given to applicants who combine a focus on diversity with strong quantitative research skills. We seek a teacher-scholar whose responsibilities include teaching, scholarly activity, student advising, and service to the department, college and university.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies focuses on applied research, teaching, and service. From an ecological perspective, we prepare scholars and professionals in their understanding and appreciation of the complexity and diversity of individuals and their interrelationships. The educational process encourages critical thinking and the application of knowledge to improve the quality of life for individuals and families across the life span.



  • Earned doctorate or ABD with degree awarded by date of hire with at least one graduate degree in child development, human development and family studies, or closely related discipline;
  • Competence in subject matter as evidenced by relevant course work;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • Evidence of potential for successful research and/or scholarly activities;
  • Affiliation with relevant professional organizations;
  • Evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.


  • Expertise in impacts of human diversity and cultural context on development and family functioning using an intersectionality lens;
  • Expertise in quantitative research methodology;
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and supervision of student research;
  • A scholarly agenda focused on applied research in inclusion, equity, and diversity;
  • Evidence of ability to teach a variety of human development and family studies courses;
  • Interest in or experience teaching in an online format;
  • Relevant professional experience working with children and families from diverse populations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, curriculum development, scholarship focus and/or service.
Organization Summary

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department includes 19 faculty positions, 13 of which are tenured and tenure-track, serving approximately 660 majors and minors. We offer academic programs in Child Development, Family Studies, and Early Childhood Development and Learning (including a teacher certification program).

The Early Childhood Development and Learning degree programs within HDFS are the first in the state of Michigan to be granted NAEYC accreditation. The HDFS department also includes the NAEYC accredited Child Development and Learning Laboratory (CDLL), a Reggio-inspired early childhood program serving approximately 70 children and their families in a Head Start and tuition-based preschool. The CDLL has 10 full-time staff members and serves as a research and training site for faculty and students.

Please visit our website for more information about our curriculum, student and faculty accomplishments, and about Central Michigan University.

The University
Founded more than 125 years ago to meet Michigan’s need for teachers and business leaders, Central Michigan University prepares students to become leaders and changemakers in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 22,000 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. We offer approximately 300 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels — many of which are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5 percent of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with students at the graduate and undergraduate levels in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 18 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes are achieving great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing titles in Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. Residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. The city is a short drive from other major Michigan destinations including Grand Rapids and Detroit, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and more.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

Central Michigan University
1200 S. Franklin Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
United States

How to Apply

Screening of applications will begin on November 22, 2019 and will continue until filled.
Further details and the application process are available at

Application Deadline
Review begins Nov. 22; open until filled.