Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Kent State University, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
Posting Date

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program at Kent State University invites applications for a 9-month tenure track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2018 with the opportunity for potential summer teaching and research support. The HDFS program is part of the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences in the College of Education, Health and Human Services.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in human development, family science, or a related field, and will demonstrate potential for a strong program of research, securing external funding, effective teaching, and service to the profession.

We are especially interested in candidates with research expertise in any of the following areas:

  1. consequences of early childhood adversity across the lifespan;
  2. child and youth development;
  3. individual and family resilience; or
  4. adult development and aging families.

Responsibilities include developing a strong program of research, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level; mentoring and advising undergraduate students; and mentoring graduate students. Specifically, applicants should be willing and able to teach introductory and upper-division developmental courses as well as substantive courses related to their research area at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and research, and our program emphasizes interdisciplinary study, diversity, and internationalization. The position involves working in a collaborative, multidisciplinary unit within a research-intensive university.

Organization Summary

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program is housed within the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES). The HDFS program has approximately 300 undergraduate majors, and 20 graduate students, and offers a Bachelor’s degree in HDFS and a Master’s degree in HDFs. At the Bachelor’s level, the program offers concentrations in Child and Youth Development, Family Life Education, Case Management for Individuals and Families, Gerontology, and Nursing Home Administration. Students in the Family Life Education concentration are eligible for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies emphasizes both basic and applied research, and students have the option of completing a Master’s Thesis or an applied Master’s Project. We are one of only two graduate programs in the state of Ohio approved by NCFR as meeting requirements for the Certified Family Life Educator credential. The HDFS program is committed to preparing students for careers that focus on helping diverse individuals and families to flourish in a global society by engaging in excellent research, teaching, and community outreach intended to strengthen families and promote optimal development from birth through late life.
The School of LDES offers a range of highly attractive academic programs; current enrollment is approximately 350 master’s students, 130 doctoral students, and 650 undergraduate majors. In addition to the HDFS program, the School of LDES offers Bachelor’s degrees in Special Education, and American Sign Language/Educational Interpreting and graduate degrees in Counselor Education and Supervision, Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Special Education. The HDFS program is located in White and Nixon Halls, which are also homes to the Human Development Center and Center for Inclusion across the Lifespan. Both centers house external grants and serve as research training centers for graduate and undergraduate students. The School of LDES is committed to growing research opportunities for faculty and students; program innovation, increasing student enrollment; and ensuring strong connections with community, state, and national partners.
Kent State University is a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research-Extensive University. The mission of the university is to transform lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment. Kent State is located between two large urban cities (Cleveland & Akron) and attracts students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Kent State has a long, strong history of collaborating with public and private organizations in the community and of sharing the expertise of university faculty far beyond campus boundaries.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications and experience

School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, 405 White Hall
150 Terrace Drive, P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
United States

How to Apply

For a complete description of this position and to apply online, please visit… and upload the following materials: a letter of application, curriculum vita, a research and teaching statement, unofficial transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation, and copies of representative scholarly work.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin January 22, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.