Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Science

University of Georgia
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The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences is seeking applications from an engaging and experienced scholar-practitioner to provide instruction and supervision to undergraduate and graduate students. The position is 75% teaching and 25% clinical training/research, nine-month academic year appointment, non-tenure track with the possibility of additional summer teaching. This faculty position will enhance the academic and professional development of students in the Department of Human Development and Family Science bachelor’s, dual degree (BS/MS), and master’s degree programs. This Clinical Faculty person will serve as Child Life Coordinator, will supervise academic and clinical training of students, and build collaborations with local, regional, and national professional organizations and training sites to provide students applied learning in practica and internships. Classroom and online instruction are expected, along with writing and involvement in relevant contracts and grants. Start date: August 1, 2019.

Responsibilities: Teach six undergraduate and/or graduate courses each academic year, supervising majors, supporting their professional development in community-based placements. This person will participate in department, college and university governance, as well as in the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) and other relevant professional organizations. The successful candidate will contribute to presentations and scholarly publications relevant to the practice, and translation of science to practice through relevant grants and contracts.


Requirements: Candidates must have an earned Doctoral degree (at the time of appointment); or a Master’s degree (M.S. or M.A.) in Human Development and Family Science, or in a closely related area (e.g., early childhood, education, social work, psychology, public health, nursing, sociology). Candidates with a Master’s degree must also possess the Certified Child Life Specialist credential (CCLS). Candidates must also have a background in classroom and/or online teaching and mentoring at a university. Candidates with a master’s degree must document exceptional accomplishments in Child Life or related area and must be approved for a terminal degree exception before hire. Candidates must demonstrate 2 years of professional experience with community-based and/or governmental agencies that serve children, youth, and/or families at the local level for appointment to Clinical Assistant Professor, and 4 years of experience and recognition at the regional, or state levels for appointment to Clinical Associate Professor. For additional information about the criteria for appointment, please refer to the Guidelines for Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion.

Preferred qualifications: Candidates with an earned doctorate possessing the CCLS credential will be given preference. Preference will also be given to candidates who have demonstrated evidence of funded grants and contracts relevant to children and families.

Organization Summary

The Department, University and Community: The Department of Human Development and Family Science has 24 faculty, over 485 undergraduates, and 50 graduate students. The multidisciplinary scientist-practitioner program emphasizes diversity in families through the life cycle. More information about the department and College can be found at

The University of Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia, is a land and sea grant institution in the University System of Georgia with very high research activity. Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The campus and community of Athens offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 36,000 undergraduate students and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 13 public institutions of higher education in the United States. The Athens campus is approximately 60 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains and 185 miles from the coast. Visit the University’s website at for additional information.

Job Overview


University of Georgia
305 Sanford Drive
Athens, GA 30602
United States

How to Apply

Applications: To ensure full consideration, complete application should be uploaded via by January 15, 2019 although review will begin as soon as possible. The position is open until filled. The application packet must include (1) a cover letter of interest that addresses (a) background in child development and/or Child Life; (b) relevant experience with community-based practitioners; and (c) includes a teaching and clinical supervision experience and philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) the contact information for no less than 3 persons committed to writing a letter of recommendation, including at least one academic recommendation and one recommendation from a community-based employer or partner.

Confidential requests for information may be directed to: Dr. Melissa Kozak, [email protected],
HDFS Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor Position Search Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia, 305 Sanford Drive, Athens, GA 30602.

We welcome applications and nominations of minorities and others who share our passion about and reflect our desire to support a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

Application Deadline
January 15, 2019, although review will begin as soon as possible.