School Head of Human Development and Family Sciences

Oregon State University
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The School of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time position as School Head. This is an administrative, 12-month position.

85%: Leadership and Administration:
Represent the School and its programs to the college, university, local community, state of Oregon, nationally, and in the health sciences community. Maintain service to college, university, and profession through service on committees.
Serve as the school liaison with the Graduate School and other OSU administrative offices.
Recruit, provide professional development for, and evaluate faculty members.
Support faculty professional development and advancement.
Oversee promotion and tenure review and recommendations at the school level.
Make merit-based salary increase decisions.
Encourage and support faculty in developing and sustaining high quality programs of externally funded research.
Maintain and enhance educational undergraduate and graduate programs and curricula.
Appoint, supervise, and evaluate academic faculty, professional faculty, classified staff, and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). Plan, assign, and approve work; discipline and reward; respond to grievances; hire, fire, and prepare performance evaluations for employees under school head supervision.
Provide fiscal management and strategic planning for the school.
Oversee school committees and preside at school meetings.
Develop and assign faculty workload distribution and teaching assignments.
Make school-level decisions regarding fixed-term appointment renewals.
Work with Extension administrators to supervise residential and county faculty and participate in outreach initiatives.
Identify and resolve problems; adjudicate disputes.

15%: Research/ Scholarship/ Mentorship:
Conduct and direct independent research in an area of expertise relevant to Human Development and Family Sciences. Have significant role in academic publishing and demonstrate leadership role in collaborative research, commensurate with rank. Present research at national and/or international conferences and/or professional meetings.
Mentor and advise graduate students in their academic, research, and professional development as indicated by chairing and serving as a member of graduate committees and by ad-hoc advising.
May occasionally teach HDFS courses.


Minimum/Required Qualifications
PhD or terminal degree in human development and/or family sciences, psychology, sociology, population and/or community health with a focus on HDFS topics, or a closely related field.
Tenured faculty at the Associate or Full Professor rank, or the ability to obtain tenure at this rank, in the College of Health at Oregon State University by the start date of this appointment.
Demonstrated organizational, administrative, communication, and interpersonal skills.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity, through administrative leadership, research, teaching, and/or service.
The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in one’s department, college, and university.
Established and sustained history of research and scholarly accomplishment within the field of human development and/ or family sciences commensurate with rank.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching, mentoring, advising and service commensurate with rank.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Past experience in a university administrative role.
Previous or current tenured university position as full professor.
Past experience with university procedures involving promotion and tenure of academic faculty.
Supervision experience in an academic environment.
Established history of developing and engaging with effective in-classroom pedagogy.
Established history of successfully mentoring graduate students, including those from populations that are underrepresented in higher education.
A research focus that complements and expands our faculty’s expertise.

Organization Summary

The School of HDFS was newly established in summer 2023 as part of an administrative re-organization of OSU’s College of Health (COH), and this recruitment is for the inaugural School Head.

The School Head will provide administrative leadership for the School of HDFS and will represent and promote the school in various settings including the College, University, local community, state of Oregon, nationally, and in academic and professional communities. The incumbent will participate in scheduled meetings and other school and college events including faculty meetings, college administrative team meetings, individual meetings with the dean and associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, and other events as needed.

The School Head is also expected to conduct and direct independent research in area of expertise demonstrating a leadership role in collaborative research, commensurate with rank.

This position interfaces with the other schools in the COH, including the School of Population and Community Health (PCH) and School of Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS). The School Head also collaborates with the OSU Graduate School and other OSU administrative offices. Other responsibilities include consulting with and carrying out the dean’s directives; playing a major role in budgeting and financial matters; working closely with development personnel to increase giving; working directly with extension personnel to increase outreach to the community; and serving as a member of the COH administrative team.

Background about the College of Health
The School of HDFS is one of three schools in OSU’s College of Health. The School of HDFS comprises graduate and undergraduate programs. In addition to its three Schools, the College includes the OSU Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program, which serves thousands of Oregonians across the state each year. The COH also includes the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, the Oregon Center for Health Innovation, the Center for Healthy Aging Research, and the Center for Global Health.

Collaborative efforts in the areas of teaching, research, and outreach are encouraged (1) across the three schools within the college; (2) between the COH and other colleges in the university; (3) among COH personnel and with faculty of other institutions; and (4) directly with the community.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary is commensurate with education, training, and experience.

2250 SW Jefferson St
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

How to Apply
Application Deadline
Full consideration date: 01/08/2024