Assistant Professor of Family Studies

Towson University
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Towson University’s College of Liberal Arts invites applicants for a full-time, nine-month tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development. Employment to begin August 2024.

Faculty will be assigned a 3-3 instructional workload (2-3 first year) that includes a range of undergraduate and graduate courses. Undergraduate advising is part of teaching responsibilities. Scholarly research productivity, including the securing of external grants, and service to the department, college, and university are expected. Additional duties may be assigned based upon applicant qualifications and departmental needs.

The Department:
The Department of Family Studies and Community Development provides multidisciplinary undergraduate learning opportunities through the family and human services major. The internship/service-learning program has a distinct focus on community engagement, which serves to link the academic unit to the metropolitan community while enhancing student learning. The department also offers two graduate programs, one leading to a master’s degree in Child Life, Administration, and Family Collaboration and the other leading to a master’s in Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Services. In addition, we offer post baccalaureate certificates in Family-Professional Collaboration, Jewish Communal Services and Jewish Education.


Doctoral degree in Family Science or related field. ABD applicants with on-going progress will be considered, if all degree requirements are complete by February 1, 2025 and will be hired at the rank of Instructor. Individuals with, or working toward, MFT/CFT licensure are especially encouraged to apply. Strong commitment to excellence in teaching. Demonstrated success or potential to teach Family Science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. This position is intended to address Towson University moving toward an R2 status that emphasizes increased scholarship and grant activity. Demonstrated potential to develop a research agenda, including the potential to secure external funding. Demonstrated service to community, university, and/or field.

Organization Summary

Towson University:
Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has almost 900 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia. Towson University is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in “A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25).” TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage applications from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expressions, national origins, ages, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientations and belief background.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information

8000 York Rd
Suite LA 2210
Towson, MD 21252
United States

How to Apply

Application Process:
Review of applications begins Friday, January 5, 2024, and continues until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials: 1) letter of intent; 2) curriculum vita;
3) a statement of teaching philosophy with teaching evaluations, if available; 4) a reflective statement on ways the applicant can contribute to diversity and inclusion at TU; 5) graduate transcripts; and 6) names and addresses, including email, of three references. If invited for an interview three letters of reference will be requested. Please direct all questions about applications to chair of the search committee, Dr. Amanda Ginter at [email protected]

To apply:
Please note that the search number for which you are applying is CLA-3727

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