Assistant Professor of Family Studies

University of Maine
Posting Date

The University of Maine
College of Education and Human Development

School: Educational Leadership, Higher Education, and Human Development
Program: Human Development and Family Studies

The University of Maine invites applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure track Assistant Professor of Family Studies in the Human Development and Family Studies program to begin August 27, 2018. We seek a dynamic, innovative scholar and teacher to join our program at Maine's flagship land and sea grant institution.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include teaching family studies courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including (but not limited to) Senior Seminar in Individual and Family Studies, Family Legal Issues, Parenting, Fundamentals of Human Development, Seminar in Family, Family Legislation & Policy, and supervision of Fieldwork. Courses may be live or online. Other duties include student advising, mentoring of graduate students, appropriate department or university service, and research. Consistent with the University’s land grant mission, the successful candidate will be expected to establish a line of scholarly inquiry, seek extramural support, and provide discipline related service to Maine agencies. The successful candidate will establish and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect, as well as a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In sum, responsibilities include:
• Undergraduate and graduate teaching, and advising of students.
• Maintaining an active research program.
• Participation in professional and university service is also expected.


Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
The position requires:
• Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (preferred) or in a closely related discipline.
• Evidence of successful university teaching in the field of family studies.
• Evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated or potential strength in published scholarship.
• Strong potential for extramural funding.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Affiliation with the National Council on Family Relations and familiarity with their Certification in Family Life Education.
• Demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funding for research.
• Experience collaborating on research projects with undergraduate and graduate students.
• Experience designing and teaching online courses.

Organization Summary

Housed in the College of Education and Human Development, the program has approximately 200 undergraduate majors, and 10-14 graduate students. The Human Development and Family Studies program offers the Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations with concentrations in Individual and Family Studies, Research, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Professional. Students in the Individual and Family Studies concentration are eligible for the Certification in Family Life Education by the National Council on Family Relations. The Master’s degree in Human Development offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. The program is located in Merrill Hall, which is also home to the Katherine Miles Durst Child Development Learning Center, a state-licensed and NAEYC accredited nursery school and prekindergarten. Established in 1931, it is one of the first university-affiliated centers in the United States. The Center also serves as a lab school where early childhood and education students can observe and learn about the behaviors of young children.

The University of Maine is the state land and sea grant university and is committed to maintaining a leadership role as the System’s flagship university. As a result, it is dedicated to providing high quality teaching, meaningful research, and impactful service at the university, college, state, and national levels. Located in beautiful Central Maine, faculty report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools in neighborhoods where children can walk to school, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor/Orono area a wonderful place to live. The University of Maine is just 60 miles from the Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland, offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities and thriving restaurant and music scenes. As an NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

University of Maine
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
United States

How to Apply

Appropriate background checks are required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for Position" at You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the qualifications; publications (in process, under review, and published); provide contact information for three professional references; and submit copies of official transcripts. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Length of Appointment: Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents: Cover letter, resume/CV, publications, contact information for 3 references, and official transcripts.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable pool of candidates is found.