Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Child and Family Sciences

The Univeristy of Southern Mississippi
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The University of Southern Mississippi is seeking to hire a 9-month Assistant Professor, tenure track position in the School of Child and Family Sciences to begin in August 2020. Located within the College of Education and Human Sciences, the school offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Sciences with specialization in family science or child development (including teacher preparation for pre-K-K). The American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences accredits the undergraduate program. The School also offers a COAMFTE accredited Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master of Science in Child and Family Sciences, and a Master of Education in School Counseling. Both the CFSBS and the CFSMS programs are CFLE-Approved programs through the National Council on Family Relations. The School has two auxiliary units, the NAEYC Accredited Center for Child Development and the University Clinic for Family Therapy.

The School of Child and Family Science is a growing school with dynamic faculty who are highly engaged in teaching, research, and service. The School of Child and Family Sciences is seeking someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the university community, and is committed to university service and campus engagement. The ideal candidate for this position will sustain a strong program of research, will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs, and will be successful securing extramural funding. The School values accountability, high ethical standards, and personal integrity among employees. The School also has demonstrated success in developing diverse faculty, and we are especially interested in candidates from underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience in working with diverse student populations.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Human Development and Family Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, or related field; demonstrated evidence of successful teaching experience in both face-to-face and in online formats; and evidence of strong research skills and aligned scholarship or demonstrated potential for developing a scholarly research program. Experience in securing external funding and/or grant management is preferred.

Organization Summary

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5035
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
United States

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, research statement, a teaching statement, and academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire).

Please submit materials through Human Resources at [email protected] or visit http://www.usm.edu/employment-hr.

Contact Dr. Heath Grames, Search Committee Chair, [email protected] or 601.266.6434

Application Deadline
Open until filled