Associate/Full Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences

Oregon State University
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The College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for an Associate/Full Professor position as the Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Endowed Chair for Gerontology and Family Studies. This position is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month appointment in the program of Human Development and Family Sciences in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.

The Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Endowed Chair for Gerontology and Family Studies is expected to continue a well- established, innovative, and independent research program through application for and receipt of external funds and publications in top-tier, peer- reviewed journals. In addition, this position is responsible for effectively teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; mentoring graduate students; and providing exceptional service to the College, OSU, and the profession. As part of the research assignment, the occupant will provide leadership for interdisciplinary efforts in aging and gerontology within the College. The Petersen Endowed Chair will help lead and mentor faculty and build interdisciplinary teams to address critical issues surrounding the intersection of aging and families. The Chair also will contribute to leadership for the Program on Gerontology and the Center for Healthy Aging Research and will liaise with other existing centers in the College and across campus as appropriate, such as the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, & Preventive Health; the Center for Global Health; and the Linus Pauling Institute. The Chair will conduct high quality research, translate research into practice, and build the capacities of communities to enhance the health of individuals and families. As part of the teaching assignment, the Petersen Chair will teach courses related to the intersection of aging and family studies.


An earned doctorate in human development and/or family science, gerontology, psychology, sociology, public health, or a related field. Candidates must demonstrate an established and sustained history of well-defined and funded scholarship on the intersections of family and healthy aging, commensurate with rank. They must also demonstrate evidence of contribution to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service; demonstrate evidence of collaborative leadership; and demonstrate strong commitments to the application and translation of research. In addition, candidates must demonstrate evidence of successful undergraduate and graduate teaching, graduate student mentoring, and a record of successful professional service.

Organization Summary

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences in Oregon has two Schools (Biological & Population Health Sciences and Social & Behavioral Health Sciences) comprising 9 academic programs (Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion & Health Behavior, Human Development & Family Sciences, Kinesiology, and Nutrition) and 4 collaborative Research Centers (the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families; the Center for Healthy Aging Research; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health; and the Center for Global Health). Visit for more information about theCollege.
OSU is one of only two universities in the U.S. to hold the Land-, Sea-, Sun-, and Space-Grant designations and is the only Oregon institution recognized for its very high research activity” (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. OSU is comprised of 11 academic colleges with strengths in natural resources, earth dynamics and sustainability, life sciences, entrepreneurship and the arts and sciences. OSU has facilities and/or programs in every county in the state, including 15 regional experiment stations, 35 county extension offices, a branch campus in Bend, a major marine science center in Newport, and a range of programs and facilities in Portland. OSU is Oregon’s largest public research university, conducting more than 60 percent of the research funded throughout the state’s university system. OSU has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity, and building community. For more information about OSU please visit

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

433 Waldo Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

How to Apply

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Application Deadline
March 1, 2022