Assistant Professor in Adult Development and Aging

Virginia Tech
Posting Date

The Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech announces an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in adult development and aging and research expertise in the construction of novel person, dyadic, and/or family-centered interventions that address the health, well-being, and function of older adults, and the needs of their families and/or communities.

The successful candidate would collaborate with faculty in Human Development and Family Science and other departments and research institutes across the Blacksburg campus (e.g., Engineering, Transportation, Computer Science, Counselor Education, Psychology, and Public Health), as well as the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute on the Roanoke Health Science and Technology campus and the Northern Virginia Innovation campus.

Responsibilities Include the Following:

Maintain a program of externally funded research and publications
Teach graduate and undergraduate courses
Advise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including directing master’s theses and doctoral dissertations
Contribute to university shared governance through committee membership
Engage in community outreach and provide professional service to the field


Expertise in the construction of novel person, dyadic, and/or family-centered interventions that address the health, well-being, and function of older adults, and the needs of their families and/or communities.

An interest in studying relationships among human behaviors, the social environment, and life course events as they affect functioning in adulthood.

An interdisciplinary perspective that integrates a variety of methodological approaches and theories from related disciplines, such as developmental science, behavioral science, neuroscience, genetics, and computational science.

The Department of Human Development and Family Science seeks to be an inclusive community. We recognize that diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and contributes to just engagement in all the world’s communities. The department is committed to advancing diversity among our faculty and student bodies, as well as all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Required Qualifications
All candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. degree in human development, psychology, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
Expertise with developing interventions using methodological innovations and contemporary approaches (i.e., technology) with diverse older adults and families will receive priority.

Organization Summary

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation, please contact the hiring department.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
commensurate with experience

Virginia Tech
295 W. Campus Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically at:

Attach to the electronic application please submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vita, three letters of references who can speak to your qualifications for the position, and a research statement that describes your research agenda, any published work, and any work in progress that demonstrates your research productivity.

Questions may be directed to Pamela B. Teaster, Search Committee Chair at [email protected].

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin January 14, 2020 and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed.