Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

University of Maryland College Park, Department of Family Science
Posting Date

The Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor to join a dynamic, interdisciplinary department with family science, maternal and child health, and couple and family therapy programs. The new hire will join a highly supportive and collaborative faculty. We are a community of scholars devoted to scholarly excellence and creating a learning and research environment that seeks diverse perspectives and fosters inclusion, equity, and justice. This candidate will help the Department further enhance its national leadership at the forefront of research, education, and practice in maternal, child, and family health (MCFH). We are particularly interested in candidates conducting research in one or more of these MCFH areas: life course health; infant, early, or middle childhood health; social determinants of health; global health; or another MCFH substantive topic. The candidate should be able to (1) lead an externally funded research program in MCFH, 2) teach and mentor graduate students, and 3) play a central role in the Department’s dynamic maternal and child health and family science programs. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of grant experience.


Candidates should hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., DrPH) or equivalent in maternal and child health, family science, another public health discipline, human development, psychology, sociology, demography, or related social or health science field. Substantial public health training and research experience or an M.P.H. degree are essential if the highest degree is not in public health. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a promising record of published academic research and teaching; a record of or strong potential to secure external funding to support MCFH research; a commitment to promoting health equity, advanced quantitative research skills, and demonstrated experience working with large-scale datasets. Candidates must also be effective communicators and demonstrate ability and interest in working with diverse student, faculty, and staff populations with various backgrounds, learning styles, and skill levels. As a program in the School of Public Health, we are particularly interested in candidates who can meaningfully contribute to our departmental focus on transdisciplinary scholarship on family health and wellness.

Organization Summary

The University of Maryland is one of the nation’s top 20 research universities. College Park is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System with over 4,600 faculty, 31,000 undergraduates, and 10,000 graduate students. The campus is located within 10 miles of Washington, DC with easy access to metro. The Department of Family Science ( offers a B.S. in Family Science, an M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy (accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) and Ph.D. programs in Family
Science and Maternal and Child Health. The Department holds diversity, equity, and inclusion as core principles, and has one of the most diverse undergraduate student bodies on campus. The Department operates the Center for Healthy Families. Operating as a non-profit clinic, the Center for Healthy Families serves approximately 450 couples and families annually. The Center also conducts research and provides in-service and continuing education for professionals. The Department is within the University of Maryland’s accredited School of Public Health ( The School and Department are
committed to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of diverse communities throughout Maryland, the nation, and the world through leadership and collaboration in interdisciplinary education, research, practice, and public policy.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
This is a 9-month tenure-track appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications. Funding is guaranteed for 9 months annually, with the potential to extend salary support to 12 months with teaching or external funds. Appointments may begin in August

4200 Valley Drive
Suite 1142
College Park, MD 20742
United States

How to Apply

Applicants must apply electronically to, faculty section, position #122074. For best consideration, candidates should submit materials by January 29, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should include the following: 1) cover letter clearly indicating how the candidate meets each of the qualifications listed above; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) one-page statement discussing the applicant’s past and future contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice through teaching, research, and/or service; 4) two representative publications; and 5) contact information for three references (to be contacted only with the candidate’s approval).

Contact: Julia R. Steinberg, PhD, Search Committee Chair ([email protected]), for questions
about the position. Ms. Margarita Y. Rodriguez, Search Coordinator ([email protected]),
should be contacted for questions about the application submission.

Application Deadline
January 29, 2024