Assistant Professor in Family Studies

Virginia Tech
Posting Date

Virginia Tech invites applications for one full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Family Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Science to start Fall, 2020 at our main campus in Blacksburg, VA.

As a department, HDFS conducts translational research that values social justice and highlights disparities and injustice as they pertain to families across the lifespan. HDFS faculty and Family Studies in particular are concerned with systemic inequities that affect individual and family well-being in diverse community contexts. Faculty research has focused on domains such as families and health, violence, and immigration and criminal justice, with intersections among gender, race, class, sexuality, regionality, nationality, ability/disability, and the like. We are seeking a scholar who has a research agenda that contributes to community engagement and outreach and advances policy analysis at the local, state, and federal levels.

The ideal candidate for this position will maintain a program of research excellence, will be successful securing extramural funding, and will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated expertise in utilizing policy relevant methodologies that are theoretically grounded and integrate a variety of analytic approaches (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, and or mixed methods).

Responsibilities Include the Following:

  • Maintain a program of externally funded research and scholarly publications
  • Advise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including directing master’s theses and doctoral dissertations
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate family courses; standard teaching load is two courses per each of the two semesters of the academic year
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees
  • Occasional travel to attend professional conferences

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.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) or a related field, with a doctorate in HDFS preferred. We are especially looking for individuals with expertise in family policy and community interventions.

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.

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

To apply, go to: and complete the on-line application. You will be asked to provide brief demographic information and to upload a cover letter describing qualifications and relevant experience in teaching and research and CV. Applicants are required to include contact information for three (3) references.

Application Deadline
The review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.