Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (10-month, tenure- track position)

Central Michigan University
Posting Date

Central Michigan University

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies invites applications for a 10-month, tenure- track position at the assistant professor level to begin August 23, 2021. Successful candidates will have the ability to teach a variety of human development and family studies courses. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background and interest in child and family program development, implementation, and/or evaluation. We seek a teacher-scholar whose responsibilities include teaching, scholarly activity, student advising, and service to the department, college and university. Candidates from historically marginalized populations are especially encouraged to apply.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies focuses on applied research, teaching, and service. From an ecological perspective, we prepare scholars and professionals in their understanding and appreciation of the complexity and diversity of individuals and their interrelationships. The educational process encourages critical thinking and the application of knowledge to improve the quality of life for individuals and families across the life span.


• Earned doctorate or ABD with degree awarded by date of hire with at least one graduate degree in child development, human development and family studies, or closely related discipline;
• Competence in subject matter as evidenced by relevant course work;
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
• Evidence of potential for successful research and/or scholarly activities;
• Affiliation with relevant professional organizations;
• Evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

• A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and supervision of student research;
• A scholarly agenda focused on applied research;
• Evidence of ability to teach a variety of human development and family studies courses;
• Relevant professional experience working with children and families;
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, curriculum development, scholarship focus and/or service;
• Strong background and interest in child and family program development, implementation, and/or evaluation;
• Commitment to and engagement in community outreach;
• Interest in child and youth development.

Organization Summary

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department includes 16 faculty positions, 12 of which are tenured and tenure-track, serving approximately 660 majors and minors. We offer academic programs in Child Development, Family Studies, and Early Childhood Development and Learning (including a teacher certification program).
CMU's HDFS department maintains a Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) approved undergraduate program as designated by the National Council on Family Relations. We also house CMU’s Brazelton Touchpoints Professional Development & Research Center, the first of its kind in Michigan. The Early Childhood Development and Learning degree programs within HDFS are the first in the state of Michigan to be granted NAEYC accreditation. The HDFS department also includes the NAEYC accredited Child Development and Learning Laboratory (CDLL), a Reggio-inspired early childhood program serving approximately 72 children and their families in a Head Start and tuition-based preschool. The CDLL has 9 full-time staff members and serves as a research and training site for faculty and students. Please visit our website for more information about our curriculum, student and faculty accomplishments, and about Central Michigan University.

The University
Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.
We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.
CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.
CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

195 Ojibway Court
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
United States

How to Apply

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Application Deadline
Screening of applications will begin on March 1st, 2021 and will continue until filled.