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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Early Childhood Development position at the assistant or associate rank. The position will begin August 16, 2024.

RESPONSIBILITIES: We are seeking applicants with expertise and a program of research in early childhood development, especially within racial-ethnic minority populations. Applicants’ research focus may include, but is not limited to, racial or ethnic identity development and socialization, socio-emotional development, early literacy and educational attainment, and stress and resilience within vulnerable populations. Applicants should provide evidence of an established, active, and externally funded program of research. Applicants must be able to advance early childhood development research and practice to prepare researchers in the study of early development inclusive of development as it occurs in diverse racial-ethnic contexts, as well as students entering the early education teacher workforce. Successful candidates are expected to maintain a productive, externally funded program of research and produce scholarly publications. Responsibilities also include instruction, supervision and advising of students, and service assignments.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department includes 34 faculty members (19 full-time, tenure track) and offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in HDFS. The department also has a strong interest in hiring faculty who have demonstrated commitment to diversity through lived experience, teaching proficiencies, and/or research interests. Additional information about the Department can be found at Two early learning centers are associated with the Department, one on campus ( and one in the nearby city of Birmingham ( Both serve children and families in our state while functioning as research laboratories as well as learning sites for university students.

THE UNIVERSITY: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions with a multicultural student enrollment of over 31,000, including 5,800 graduate students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. Auburn University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, its thriving student life programs, and its beautiful campus. The University is home to dozens of research centers and state of the art facilities ( Auburn is located in east-central Alabama and is recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to beach and mountain recreational facilities. The combined twin towns of Auburn and historic Opelika, along with neighboring Columbus, Georgia, has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.

For additional information about joining the faculty, visit Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in HDFS, child development, early childhood education, or a closely related area at the time employment begins, a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and demonstrable potential for extramural funding. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Expertise in advanced quantitative or qualitative methods is desirable.

APPLICATIONS: To apply for the position, please refer to

Please provide an application letter (containing research and teaching interests, including how issues of diversity and inclusion inform your scholarship and pedagogy), a current CV, Ph.D. transcripts, and samples of no more than three recent publications. In addition, candidates must provide contact information for three professional references who may be contacted after the initial review of applicants.

For more information about the position, contact Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon (334-844-3295; [email protected]). Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Job Type
Full time

203 Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
United States

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Application Deadline
October 15, 2023