Assistant Professor of Practice in Personal and Family Finance

North Dakota State University
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North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Science invites applications for a nine-month, nontenure-track Assistant Professor of Practice, beginning August 2022 and renewable every year upon satisfactory performance. The focus of this position is in the area of personal and family finance. The HDFS Department is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse community and strongly encourages applications from members of socially marginalized groups, broadly defined to be as inclusive as possible. Support for the position includes a graduate teaching assistant. Opportunities are in place for promotion through ranks on timetables corresponding to traditional tenure-track processes.

The successful candidate will be expected primarily to teach undergraduate and professional master’s courses both in-person and online. Other duties include conducting research and outreach activities that contribute to the mission of the department.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in personal and family finance, consumer economics, and family financial counseling and planning (seven courses per year).
• Advise undergraduates and mentor professional master’s students.
• Conduct scholarly research related to personal and family finance or family financial planning at a level appropriate for 10% of annual workload (e.g. produce one refereed journal article every three years). Research with an applied or pedagogical focus is welcome.
• Participate in professional service activities and outreach.
• Coordinate the online master’s option in Family Financial Planning, engaging with other faculty across institutions in the Great Plains IDEA consortium (
• Contribute to department governance and foster a professional and collaborative environment within the department, university, and larger community.


Minimum Qualifications
• Earned doctorate with a focus in personal and family finance or family financial planning (by August 2022) in HDFS, family resource management, family science, or a closely related discipline.
• Eligible to apply for examination to earn credentials as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC).
• Evidence of effective independent instruction.
• Evidence of potential to publish research in area of expertise.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusiveness.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.
• Effective interpersonal skills, including ability to interact and collaborate effectively with diverse of colleagues and students.

Preferred Qualifications
• Evidence of high-quality instruction, advising, and mentoring of students.
• Experience with online instruction.
• Experience teaching at the graduate level.
• Professional experience as a CFP or AFC.

Organization Summary

The Department of Human Development and Family Science ( is a collegial environment that includes 14 full-time faculty, approximately 600 undergraduates, and 30 graduate students. The department offers an undergraduate degree with emphases in child and adolescent development, family science, and adult development and aging, as well as dual degree collaborations with elementary education and social work; a master’s degree with emphases in family financial planning, gerontology, and youth development; and a doctoral degree in developmental science.

NDSU is distinctive as a student-focused, land grant, research university, ranked by the National Science Foundation among the top 100 public research universities in the country. NDSU has attained the Carnegie Classification of “Research Universities/High Research Activity,” with total research expenditures topping $153 million in the most recent National Science Foundation survey. NDSU is located in Fargo, rated as one of the best places to live and for raising a family (

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

1310 Centennial Blvd. EML 277
Fargo, ND 58102
United States

How to Apply

To apply, submit a letter of application, graduate transcripts, curriculum vitae, diversity and inclusion statement, statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references via the NDSU Human Resources website ( Questions about the search can be directed to Dr. Melissa O’Connor, [email protected], chair of the search committee.

The search will be conducted in compliance with North Dakota’s open records law. NDSU is an NSF ADVANCE institution and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2021; applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is selected and recommended for appointment.