Assistant or Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies

The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) seeks applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The position will begin August 1, 2022. The department supports an ecological and interdisciplinary perspective on human development and families and seeks a candidate whose ongoing research and teaching will strengthen the CFS department’s mission of understanding development in context and promoting the wellbeing of children and families.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue an active research agenda, including seeking funding from competitive federal and private agencies, in addition to participating in the Department's undergraduate teaching program as well as teaching, advising, and mentoring graduate students. Candidates should be interested in, or prepared to teach one or more of the undergraduate courses the department currently offers, as well as one or more of the graduate courses the department currently offers. Also desirable are those who have experience or are open to acquiring experience teaching online or distance education courses. The candidate will also be expected to collegially engage in service activities in support of the department, college, university, and/or local/global communities.

The Department of Child and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary department that emphasizes contextual approaches to research and practice with the intention of creating knowledge and informing practice related to the wellbeing of children, youth, and families. The CFS department currently consists of 18 tenure-track and clinical faculty, plus adjunct faculty and staff, who supervise and teach approximately 300 undergraduate majors and 45 graduate students.

The CFS undergraduate program has two tracks: (a) Community Outreach and (b) Integrated Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure at both the PreK-K and PreK-3 levels. The CFS graduate program includes M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The M.S. program has two tracks: (a) Integrated Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure (PreK-3) and (b) Research and Application.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate degree by time of appointment in Child Development, Human Development and Family Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, Family Demography, or a closely related social science field. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to perform at the rank being considered. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and the University. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preferences will be given to candidates with research expertise in the wellbeing of human development and families across the lifespan, including but not limited to parent/caregiver-child interactions, family dynamics and processes, and the ways in which development and family processes influence and are influenced by community, societal, and structural forces, policies, and systems. We are interested in candidates whose scholarship centers diverse individuals, families, and communities. For example, scholars who conduct research with Black, LGBTQIA, immigrant, and/or international youth, adults, families, and/or communities. Also desirable are candidates who have experience or interest in engaged scholarship (e.g., community-based, policy-driven, or other forms of engagement with broader social systems).

Organization Summary

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT Knoxville) was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public land-grant universities in the country. UT Knoxville is a vibrant and diverse urban campus, located in the heart of Knoxville. UT Knoxville is the flagship campus for the UT system and has the Carnegie Classification of Research University (Very High Research Activity). The city of Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 857,000 and is located within easy driving distance of Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information about UT and Knoxville, please visit:

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

1215 W. Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter (not exceeding three single-spaced pages), a detailed curriculum vitae, and a 1-page document listing contact information for three references to

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.