Assistant / Associate Professor Opening: Couple and Marriage and Family Therapy

The University of Georgia, Department of Human Development and Family Science
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at the University of Georgia is seeking applicants for an Assistant / Associate Professor to begin August 1, 2023. This position is a tenure-track 9-month academic appointment. Preferred candidates would have a scholarly emphasis on prevention, intervention, and implementation sciences and/or traumatic stress studies. The duties would largely fall under those expected for HDFS faculty with research and teaching appointments. Appointment to rank of Associate Professor will be extended to individuals with at least five years as Assistant Professor (eligible for promotion to rank of Associate Professor upon appointment) at a comparable institution and must show clear and convincing evidence of high levels of attainment in teaching and research and commensurate national or international recognition related to couple/marriage and family therapy. To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate Professor, have been tenured at a prior institution,
and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Any request for tenure upon appointment must be approved before hire. The successful candidate must show clear and convincing evidence of, or clear potential for, successful teaching at the graduate level and securing external research funding. See UGA’s criteria for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure:….

Responsibilities: Successful candidates will be expected to vigorously pursue external grants to support their research and contribute to the academic mission of the department and the college through undergraduate and graduate teaching. They will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity in their engagement of HDFS students and diverse communities. They will have demonstrated a commitment to and expertise working with marginalized and/or underrepresented communities.

• Establish and maintain an active independent program of research
• Have record (or promise appropriate to years in field) of extramural funding to support their research
• Demonstrate a continuous record of scholarly productivity in peer-reviewed journals
• Secure intramural funding for research
• Take significant responsibility on externally funded, peer-reviewed projects. Ideally, the faculty member will secure extramural funding as PI to support research and graduate students
• Present research at a minimum of one national or international conference per year
• Collaborate with undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or post-docs on research (publications, grants, awards)

Teaching and Mentoring:
• Effectively teach assigned undergraduate and graduate courses
• Provide clinical supervision for doctoral student therapists enrolled in practicum courses
• Mentor graduate students and contribute as committee member in a way that increases critical thinking about disparities and inequities in global mental health contexts
• Engage in education activities related to teaching and clinical supervision of doctoral students
• Service on departmental, college, and/or university committees to support education and engagement missions

The person hired to this position is expected to play an important role in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of expertise, contribute to teaching existing MFT doctoral courses, and preparing new courses when needed. Specifically, MFT content must be responsive to standards outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Marital and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). It is desired that this person may develop a special topics course that exposes HDFS graduate students to contemporary topics and methods. Thus, additionally expanding course coverage for the Qualitative Family Research Methods course and courses taught as part of the Quantitative Methods in Family and Social Science (QMFSS) Certificate. The successful candidate would have the ability to teach graduate level research methods courses in either quantitative methods, qualitative methods and/or mixed methods.


Qualifications: Earned master’s or doctoral degree or emphasis in couple/marriage and family therapy, currently state-licensed as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and obtained or on the path to obtaining AAMFT-approved supervisor status.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Hold AAMFT clinical membership
• Have at least 3 years clinical experience as a relational/systemic scholar
• Have more than 3 years experience post-PhD

Organization Summary

About HDFS at UGA: The Department of Human Development and Family Science provides leadership in the field via cutting edge research, pedagogy, and service. We are an interdisciplinary program focusing on individual, relationship, and family development within diverse ecological contexts. Faculty research interests include infancy and childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, adult development and aging, parenting and caregiving, interpersonal relationships, health and biobehavioral processes, diversity and culture, and contexts of human development. We have a vibrant program with over 481 undergraduate majors, 48 graduate students, and 20 faculty operating in a collegial and supportive environment. Faculty in the department collaborate with numerous programs and institutions across campus including the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, Center for Family Research, Bio-Imaging Research Center, Institute on Human Development and Disability, Institute of Gerontology, McPhaul Child Development Center, and UGA Cooperative Extension. Additional information about the department may be found at:

The University of Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia, is a Research I, land-grant and sea-grant university institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The campus and community of Athens offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 30,000 undergraduate students and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 15 public institutions of higher education in the United States. Recently, UGA was ranked 15th by the Kiplinger Magazine in the list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” The Athens campus is approximately 60 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains and 185 miles from the coast. Visit the University’s website at for additional information.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Department at the University of Georgia aims to promote social justice, disrupt systems of oppression and marginalization, and advocate for the well-being of diverse individuals and families through teaching, research, and outreach. This is central to promoting optimal individual and family development. The HDFS Department is committed to: diversifying our faculty, staff and student body; creating opportunities and venues for continued faculty, staff and student learning, accountability, and discussion about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; utilizing critical pedagogical practices in our curriculum that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in undergraduate, graduate, and extension education; generating and disseminating socially relevant research and scholarship; engaging with diverse communities through culturally responsive, decolonizing service and outreach; creating a climate of social justice learning within the HDFS community by examining and challenging institutional structural inequalities; and annually assessing our individual and collective progress toward these commitments.

Likewise, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embrace a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all (see for more information). We welcome applicants who share this commitment. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Commensurate with Experience

305 Sanford Drive
Athens, GA 30602
United States

How to Apply

Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by Jan. 22, 2023. Candidates should submit their application online via Required materials include a cover letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of research, teaching and clinical supervision, a diversity statement, up to three preprints/reprints of representative publications, and contact information for three references. The diversity statement should describe one or more ways the candidate will contribute to building an equitable, inclusive, and diverse learning environment in teaching, mentoring, research, and service. Direct additional questions about the position to Dr. Elizabeth Wieling, Search Committee Chair, [email protected].

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by Jan. 22, 2023.