Assistant Professor - Human Development & Family Science

Montana State University
Posting Date

The Department of Health & Human Development at Montana State University (MSU) invites applications for the position of assistant professor of Human Development and Family Science. This position begins August 2023 and is an academic year tenure-track appointment with potential for summer employment. This is an instructional position (50% Teaching, 40% Research, and 10% Service). We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a university community which prioritizes culturally responsive teaching, research, and service.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses such as, but not limited to: Adult Development and Aging, Family and Personal Finance, Research Methods and Statistics, and Family Life Education.
2. Advise graduate students and serve on graduate committees
3. Provide outreach and service to the university and the citizens of Montana
4. Represent the program through participation in professional organizations such as:
National Council on Family Relations and/or the Association for Financial Counseling and
Planning Education


Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills:
1. Doctorate in Human Development and Family Science or related discipline.
2. Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
3. Possess an active research agenda to include an ability to publish in scholarly publications and seek extramural funding when appropriate
4. Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills:
1. Ability to provide teaching and research across Human Development and Family Science curriculum
2. Demonstrated commitment and service to Human Development and Family Science organizations
3. Certified Family Life Educator
4. Ability to mentor students in undergraduate research opportunities
5. Interest and ability in working in an interdisciplinary department with a wide variety of academic programs.
6. Potential for advancing the land-grant university mission.
7. Potential to work collaboratively in a department that is committed to enriching human well-being.
8. Commitment to professional advocacy that attends to power differentials, oppression, and privilege within society

The Successful Candidate Will
Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrate the ability to build innovative teaching, research, and outreach programs.
Commit to building and serving a diverse community
Express emotional intelligence and professional maturity
Demonstrate alignment with EHHD’s diversity, equity, and inclusion plan

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Organization Summary

Located in the scenic Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, MSU is a comprehensive land grant university serving approximately 15,000 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Within the College of Education, Health & Human Development, the Department of Health & Human Development offers six undergraduate and several graduate programs. The Human Development and Family Science program offers three options within the major: Child Development; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; and Human Development and Family Science. The program is an approved Certified Family Life Education program through the National Council on Family Relations and is an Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education registered education program. Two undergraduate minors (Human Development; Personal and Consumer Finance) and master’s degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Financial Planning are also offered.

The Department:
The Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University is located in the College of Education, Health and Human Development (EHHD). The departmental mission is to enrich human well-being through teaching, research, and outreach. The department strategic efforts are outlined on the departmental website.

Highlights for the Department of Health and Human Development include:
* A robust counseling program with active grants supporting rural counseling. We train graduate students in our accredited program to counsel adults, children, and families in schools, community, agencies, and individual practice.
* The Health Enhancement program teaches K-12th grade students health and physical education through age and developmentally appropriate skills, fitness concepts, and physical activity. Students learn coaching theories for different sports as well as coaching applications.
* The early childhood and child services major emphasizes the dual focus of education and services within the context of families, educational and child service settings, communities, and society.
* The Human Development and Family Science major prepares students to work with individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.
* Community Health is committed to understanding and improving health and well-being through the interaction of individual, social, environmental, cultural, and political influences.
*The Health and Human Performance major focuses on the physiological, anatomical, biomechanical, and nutritional sciences which provide the foundation for human movement and application of those scientific domains and related technologies to the areas of health and wellness, exercise training, and performance.
* In the Food and Nutrition major, the focus of the dietetic concentration is to prepare graduates who will be competitive applicants for dietetic internships as part of the pathway to becoming a Registered Dietitian. The focus of the nutrition science concentration is to prepare graduates to go into health-related areas such as medicine, dentistry, and research.
* The Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) B.S. degree program is an exciting, innovative, interdisciplinary program from Montana State University that develops leaders in sustainable systems related to production, distribution, and consumption of food and bioenergy.

The College:
The mission of the College of Education, Health and Human Development (EHHD), is to prepare highly qualified professionals through exemplary programs, advance knowledge about education, health, and human development, and serve the people of Montana and the nation through outreach and practical application of its expertise.

Our college is home to a wide variety of programs that fulfill Montana’s land grant mission of providing services to the people of Montana and beyond.

We prepare teachers for elementary and secondary classrooms.
We help soldiers and other professionals become teachers.
We provide graduate programming for educational leaders including K-12 principals and superintendents.
We prepare adult and higher education experts.
We support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
We partner with leaders on Native American reservations to develop ways to lead healthy lifestyles and improve education for children and adults, and work to preserve native languages.
We educate families to enrich overall well-being and how to make healthy choices related to nutrition and physical activity.
We prepare students for future careers in coaching, counseling, financial planning, dietetics, community food systems, physical therapy, and medicine.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

P.O. Box 172940
250 Reid Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
United States