Department Chair

Department of Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University
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Chair, Department of Family and Child Sciences, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University. Position is nine month tenure-track with flexible summer appointment. The chair position includes a faculty appointment with a rank of full professor. Senior associate professors are also encouraged to apply.

The Chair of the Department of Family and Child Sciences provides leadership for the department. The chair is expected to contribute to the scholarly activity of the department, including research, teaching, and service. Responsibilities include providing leadership in research, direction for undergraduate and graduate programs, personnel and fiscal management, and external development. The chair upholds the university's commitment to faculty governance and serves as the administrative representative of the department.


Applicants should have the following qualifications: earned doctorate in a relevant area of study (e.g., family studies, human development, marriage and family therapy, psychology, and sociology); academic credentials eligible for faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor; record of significant accomplishments in research; demonstrated experience in external funding; and successful experiences in graduate education.

Organization Summary

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Family and Child Sciences currently has 26 faculty, 698 undergraduate students, and 32 Masters/Ph.D. students. Our programs focus on child development, family processes, and relationship interventions. Specifically, our research, teaching, and service activities reflect our three program foci: Relational development and enhancement in young adults, couples, and families; distressed families and relational interventions; and the link between parenting processes and relational outcomes. In addition to our undergraduate program offered in both traditional and online formats, we offer a master’s program and two doctoral degree programs, one in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) and one in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Additional information on the research interests of our faculty and more details about our FCS programs may be found on the department website at

THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES, which began in 1905, is the flagship program in Human Sciences in Florida. The college’s mission is to address global challenges and opportunities related to the physical, behavioral, and economic factors influencing the health and development of individuals, families, and communities. The College is comprised of two departments, the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences and the Department of Family and Child Sciences. Applicants are encouraged to explore the College of Human Sciences web site

THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY is in the nation’s top 20 national public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Florida State University holds the Carnegie Research University designation as a very high research activity institution. It is located in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee ( and is one of the two flagship universities in the state of Florida. The university serves a culturally-diverse student population of over 41,000. The history of Florida State University can be accessed online at

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

225 Sandels Building
120 Convocation Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States

How to Apply

The position, which has a competitive salary and benefits, is available August, 2020. Apply online at to Job ID 46552 and upload (1) letter of interest outlining their suitability for the position and (2) curriculum vitae.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ming Cui, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, Email: [email protected].

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.  FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

Application Deadline
Review of completed applications will begin immediately and the position will close January 2, 2020.