Professor and Chair, Family Science and Human Development

Montclair State University
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Montclair State University

The Department of Family Science and Human Development is seeking a senior faculty member to serve as Department Chair. The department includes a set of vibrant and growing academic programs with a focus on knowing and strengthening individuals and families across the life course, with a cross-cutting emphasis on inclusion and social justice. The Department’s diverse academic community includes 13 faculty, 4 staff, almost 1000 undergraduates across three concentration areas, and 38 PhD students. Faculty and graduate students have an established record of productive scholarship, including securing grants and managing large grant-funded projects.

The Chair (a) manages, supports, and ensures excellence across the administrative (personnel development, fiscal oversight, advocating for and seeking new resources), academic (e.g., curriculum and program development), and scholarly endeavors in the department; (b) contributes to the vision and growth of the department and the College; and (c) serves as a representative of the department with university and external constituencies. All faculty are expected to be involved in teaching and scholarship. The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.



Earned doctorate in Family Science and Human Development or related field. Established record of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service that meets or exceeds the requirements for tenure at the rank of Professor at Montclair State University. At least two years of higher education leadership (e.g., program director) and/or administrative experience. A strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Evidence of innovative and creative leadership and effective communication within and outside a department.

The Department of Family Science and Human Development and the College of Education and Human Services are committed to student and faculty diversity and value the educational benefits that derive from such diversity. We are seeking candidates who demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in, and with, socially, culturally, and economically diverse communities, have a commitment to strengthening individuals, families and communities using social justice, democratic practice, and critical thinking.


Strong national and/or international reputation as an established scholar; a collaborative style of leadership; an understanding of applied scholarship; experience mentoring junior faculty; and strong advocacy skills. Although area of expertise is open, those with scholarship in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: family science; human development; applied developmental science; developmental psychology; race and ethnicity, class, and gender; immigrant families; policy; social justice and/or intersectional perspectives.

Organization Summary

With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic
institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, Montclair State is a designated R2
Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities
complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, the University offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus; a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level; and a highly productive, dedicated and diverse faculty and student body.

The University’s 11 colleges and schools offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, concentrations
and certificate programs, and with more than 120 student organizations and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams for men
and women, Montclair State offers its students a comprehensive college experience.

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity.

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Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Subject to Available Funding. Salary dependent upon qualifications.

Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
United States

How to Apply

STARTING DATE September 1, 2020

Send Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, and Three Letters of Reference to:

Application Deadline
Review begins immediately and continues until position is filled.