Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Development and Family Science, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Oklahoma State University
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Early Childhood Development and Family Science. This nine-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position has an anticipated start date of August 2024.

• Teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
• Conduct and publish research, secure grants, and perform other scholarly activities.
• Provide service to the department, university, community, and broader professional disciplines.
• Engage in responsibilities consistent with a comprehensive R1 land-grant University.



• Earned doctorate in human development and family science, early childhood, public health, social work, or closely related field.
• A record of, or demonstrated potential for, university, college, or professional teaching.
• A record of, or demonstrated potential for, high-quality research dissemination of findings in professional outlets.
• A record of, or demonstrated potential for, securing external funding.
• A record of, or demonstrated potential for, interdisciplinary scholarship involving teaching or research
• Successful candidate must provide evidence of employment eligibility as required.


• Demonstrated ability to conduct basic, applied, or community-engaged/participatory research aimed at understanding the intersections of child development, the peer context, or the family context, and physical and cognitive health (broadly defined). Candidates who can conduct this work with under-served children and their families or communities overcoming trauma are especially encouraged to apply.
• Demonstrated ability to teach using multiple modalities (e.g., online, in-person, hybrid).
• Demonstrated commitment to professional and community service.

Organization Summary

University Overview
Oklahoma State University, an R1 land-grant institution, is committed to strengthening its diversity, equity, and inclusion. Enrollment at OSU-Stillwater is approximately 25,000 students; the College of Education and Human Sciences includes seven academic units, approximately 170 faculty, and nearly 200 full-time staff. OSU is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a micropolitan community of approximately 49,000 people with high-quality amenities and a comparably low cost of living. Oklahoma City and Tulsa are within a 1-hour drive, and cities such as Fayetteville, AR, Joplin, MO, and Wichita, KS are within a comfortable 2-3-hour drive time of Stillwater. In addition to excellent healthcare, education (public and private primary and secondary schools), and recreational services, the community affords a wide variety of cultural activities typical of a comprehensive university environment, including museums, music, art, and theater.

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Human Development and Family Science (HDFS). HDFS has approximately 30 full-time faculty members, 325 undergraduate students, and 55 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.). Faculty in HDFS have active research programs and projects funded by diverse State and Federal entities, including NIH, USDA, and NSF totaling over $10,000,000 for 2023. Undergraduate specializations are offered in Child and Family Services (CFS), Early Childhood Education (ECE is ranked seventh nationally among the 25 Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Programs according to Bachelor’s DegreeCenter), Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACSED), and Opportunity Orange Scholars (inclusive post-secondary education for students with intellectual disability).
Graduate specializations are offered in Applied Human Services (AHS), Developmental and Family Science (DVFS), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Gerontology (GERO), and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Recent graduates with terminal degrees (B.S. with ECE option, M.S. with MFT and CFS options, and Ph.D.) have experienced near-100% success in finding relevant employment and in passing licensing exams. The department has formed several outstanding centers, including the Child Development Laboratory, Center for Family Resilience, Center for Immigrant Health and Education, and Center for Developmental Disabilities. HDFS is also the home of a Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic. The department is home to seven endowed faculty professorships or chairs. Consistent with the land-grant emphasis on scholarship dissemination, members of the faculty work with community partners in regional agencies and with Cooperative Extension educators in all 77 counties in Oklahoma. Additionally, Oklahoma ranks fifth in the country for Pre-K access for 4-year-olds, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Oklahoma also scores among the top 11 states nationwide for quality Pre-K programs. For more information about the department, its faculty, centers, and programs, please go to:…- science/index.html

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is contingent upon available funding. Benefits include comprehensive medical and retirement plans. Information on benefits can be found at

Oklahoma State University
233 Nancy Randolph Davis
Stillwater, OK 74078
United States

How to Apply

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applications will be accepted online at Search for Req16790 Follow the online instructions and be prepared to submit the following items:

A short cover letter, a two-page research statement, and a two-page teaching statement
Curriculum vitae
Contact information for three (3) references

For further information or to nominate a potential candidate, contact search committee chair: Jennifer Stepp, Ph.D., at [email protected].

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin January 2, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.