Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Family Science and Social Justice

University of Delaware
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University of Delaware
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Job No: 499367
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Human Development & Family Studies, Full Time





The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware seeks a candidate with expertise in family science, social justice, children and families at-promise, marginalized communities, and/or community engagement to serve as a full-time tenure-track faculty member at the assistant, associate, or full professor level. We are particularly interested in applicants who are prepared to collaborate with our current faculty in the areas of social determinants of health, human services, and/or early care and education. The ideal candidate also will have a solid commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a social justice perspective; an interest in working in an interdisciplinary academic environment; a proven scholarly record; and a strong record of, and/or plans to, secure external funding.


University of Delaware's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), defined by its commitment to serve children, youth and families across educational, community and family settings, comprises two academic units, the School of Education (SOE) and the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS), as well as several centers for education, research and service. In all areas of teaching, research and service, diversity, equity and inclusion serve as core values and guiding principles in CEHD's mission to prepare students to educate, serve and lead in diverse schools and communities.

With undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher preparation, educational leadership, education, human services, human relations administration and more, CEHD offers academic programs that integrate classwork with enriching field experiences and research apprenticeships to prepare students to address the most pressing educational and human development challenges of our time. Committed to the development of nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 100 full-time and jointly appointed faculty members guide students to become educators, researchers, advocates and leaders in their fields, locally in Delaware and around the globe. CEHD remains especially committed to serving first-generation college students and those from underrepresented backgrounds.

In partnership with local, regional and national organizations, CEHD identifies critical, real-world problems in educational, community and family settings, especially within historically disadvantaged communities, and provides evidence-based solutions through ground-breaking and timely research that advances theory while informing practice. CEHD faculty contribute research to many areas within education and human development, including early childhood, education and social policy, education leadership and administration, equity and diversity, disability and inclusion, family policy and services, the learning sciences, literacy and language, social determinants of health, social emotional development, STEM education, and teacher preparation and professional development.

Numerous foundations and federal agencies support CEHD research, including the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among others. Since 2019, faculty have garnered $26 million on average in external funding, and the college ranks among the top nationally in obtaining federal support for education and human development research. CEHD faculty are recognized for their contributions to national conversations about critical educational as well as human development and family issues, lead organizations working to address those issues, and provide a range of support to the agencies at the front lines of improving educational and social opportunities and outcomes.

Through 10 centers for research, education and public service, CEHD faculty, staff and students develop and maintain partnerships with schools, districts, social agencies and other community organizations to deliver services crucial to the education and human development of children, youth and families. CEHD centers support schools and districts in accessing and using research, deliver professional development for educators and leaders, support community members with special education needs and disabilities and provide instruction for children on a thriving children's campus.


QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Applicants with a Ph.D. from varied academic backgrounds and disciplines, including human development and family sciences, public health, psychology, sociology, social work, education, criminology, or a related field will be considered. Extensive training and/or experience in family science and a good working knowledge of the application of family and developmental models and theories, is required. Applicants who study structural inequality, critical approaches, children and families of varying abilities and capacities, with social and policy factors are of considerable interest, as are scholars with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods. Applicants must have a strong scholarly record, experience working as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and teaching and mentorship experience, as well as demonstrated promise in attracting external funding. Teaching opportunities will be in the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. The start date of the position is September 1, 2023.

Organization Summary

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware (www.udel.edu) combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity) along with a Carnegie Community Engagement Certification. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.

Job Overview


413 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19716
United States

How to Apply

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Review of applications begins November 1, 2022, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should include: (1) a 2-3 page (single spaced) cover letter describing their qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, scholarship, research accomplishments (including external funding), and evidence of effective teaching and mentoring; (2) a brief (no more than 1 page) diversity/equity/inclusion statement discussing how the candidate's scholarship, teaching and/or service addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion; (3) curriculum vitae; and (4) names of 3 references. Please do not send recommendation letters at this time; we will request letters from semi-finalists. For inquiries, please contact: Ruth Fleury-Steiner, Search Committee Chair, [email protected]

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Application Deadline
Review of applications begins November 1, 2022, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.