Professor and Head of the Department of Child and Family Studies, Fall 2023

The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a visionary, strategically-oriented individual to serve as professor and head of the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS). CFS hosts two distinct fields of study: family sciences and early childhood education. The department head is responsible for leadership of all departmental programs and has administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources, and facilities. The department head reports directly to the dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The head serves as a member of the college’s Administrative Council. The successful candidate will provide leadership during a time of significant growth within the department to accomplish the department’s strategic goals and objectives. Additionally, a successful candidate is expected to effectively advocate for the department to external constituencies and the administration within the university; recruit, motivate and strengthen faculty, staff and students; foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and respect; interact with faculty, students, and stakeholders to determine and promote the departmental vision and priorities; cultivate departmental research activity to include external funding; guide the department in its mission related to teaching, research, and service; and have a passion for children, youth, and families along with a commitment to improving the welfare and well-being of communities. The University of Tennessee Knoxville is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Required Qualifications:
Applicants should have the following qualifications: earned doctorate in a relevant area of study (e.g., human development; family studies; early childhood education; early childhood special education; psychology; or sociology); previously earned tenure in a higher education institution; qualified for the rank of professor; record of significant accomplishments in research; demonstrated experience with external funding; an excellent record of teaching and mentoring; effective communication and interpersonal skills; experience with fiscal management; and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience with strategic planning; values and has the capability to mentor faculty in all aspects of externally-funded scholarship; history of outreach and engagement; and experience with strategic planning and accreditation processes (e.g., teacher education, marriage and family therapy, counselor education).

Organization Summary

Located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public universities in the country. UTK is a vibrant and diverse urban campus, located in the heart of Knoxville. It is the flagship campus for the UT system and is officially designated as a Research (Very High Research Activity) and Community Engagement University by the Carnegie Foundation. For more information about UTK and Knoxville, please visit:

Programs: The department’s current instructional programs include undergraduate programs in Integrated Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure in PreK–3, and Integrated Early Development and Learning Teacher Licensure B-K level, and Community Outreach, graduate programs in Child and Family Studies and Integrated Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure, as well as a Certificate in International Children, Youth, and Families. The department also includes the Early Learning Center for Research and Practice and multiple research labs.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

1215 W. Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

How to Apply

Submit letter of application addressing the required and desired qualifications; curriculum vita; and the names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Application review will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. If you have questions about the position, you can contact the search committee chair, Dr. David Cihak, at [email protected].

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.