Assistant Professor in Infants/Toddler/Early Childhood

Texas Tech University
Posting Date

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University seeks applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor position to begin September 1, 2020 with research interests and expertise in infants, toddlers and/or early childhood in areas related, but not limited to, developmental trajectories, early brain development, developmental risk and poverty in the context of early development. We encourage applications from candidates who study health disparities, underserved populations, racial and ethnic minority groups, family stress/trauma, prevention and early intervention, and public policy initiatives.

About the University and Department
Texas Tech University is one of the state’s major universities consisting of 10 colleges, the Graduate School, and the School of Law. Located on an adjacent campus, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center includes the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health. The Center for Biotechnology and Genomics offers instrumentation, support, and training in various aspects of modern biotechnology, including Nextgen sequencing, bioinformatics, and functional genomics—and the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute (TTNI) are pivotal university resources. Texas Tech is designated as a Carnegie Research 1 Institution, and is also recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Texas Tech is located in the West Texas High Plains city of Lubbock (population over 250,000) and has excellent medical facilities, a low cost of living, and a semi-arid, sunny, and mild climate. Lubbock is within driving distance of Dallas, Austin, Santa Fe and other major metropolitan cities. The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary research department with strong graduate and undergraduate programs focused on individual development across the life course, family structure, and family dynamics.

The Department is a unit of the College of Human Sciences, and is one of the largest units on the Texas Tech campus. It serves approximately 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students, and offers master’s and doctoral degrees. Texas Tech University hosts several institutes, centers, and programs that may enhance candidate’s research productivity, including Early Head Start, the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis & Policy (IMMAP), and the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research. The HDFS department has three designated Centers including the Child Development Research Center (, the Center for Early Head Start (, and the Center for Adolescent Resiliency ( The Department of Human Development & Family Studies has an Institute for Developmental Science with several initiatives related to risk prevention and intervention in early childhood, risk and resilience in adolescence and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic disparities. The Iva Lea Barton Research Suite provides state of the art research facilities including research laboratories with observation rooms, a large conference room with videoconferencing capabilities as well as interview/meeting spaces within the research suite.

EEO Statement
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.


In line with TTU’s strategic priorities, applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in human development, family studies or a related discipline such as psychology, sociology, or education and a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations. Strong candidates also will demonstrate past success and/or potential for future success in meeting the responsibilities of the position. These include: conducting research and obtaining external funding; teaching and mentoring undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree students; and conducting outreach and engagement activities with the community. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

Texas Tech University
1301 Akron Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

How to Apply

Ensure the following documents are attached to your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Research Statement
4. Teaching Philosophy
5. Three letters of recommendation
6. Two recent and representative publications

Questions about this position and letters of recommendation should be directed to Malinda Colwell, Ph.D. Search Committee Chair at [email protected]. If you need assistance with the application process, contact Human Resources, Talent Acquisition at [email protected] or 806-742-3851.

Application Process
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2019. To assure consideration, please complete an online application at Requisition #17505BR

Application Deadline
October 1, 2019