Chair and Professor

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

The Chair and Professor will provide senior academic and strategic leadership and advance the teaching, research, and service/outreach missions of the Department of Family Science and the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The Chair and Professor will work closely with faculty, students and staff within the Department, School, campus and beyond to oversee and ensure excellence in (1) academic programs, curriculum development, and clinic operations; (2) facilitate and support faculty and student pursuit of research grants and projects, and (3) facilitate faculty and student participation in interdisciplinary research programs and service activities, and 4) provide fiscal management and oversight of unit operations. The Chair and Professor will leverage and expand Department collaborations and initiatives with academic, research, service, and community partners. Additionally, the Chair and Professor will serve as a member of the School’s senior leadership team and represent the Department to students, faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, the profession, and the general public.


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in family science, maternal and child health, epidemiology, other public health disciplines, couple and family therapy, social work, demography, psychology, sociology, or human development, as well as substantive and documented expertise in funded research and scholarship in an area(s) relevant to the Department’s mission. Previous leadership and administrative experience are required; academic leadership experience is preferred. Successful candidates must have a demonstrated record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, social and racial justice and belonging; an ability to foster professional and community partnerships; a commitment to mentoring and development of faculty, students and staff; and excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Candidates should have research portfolio experience including leadership on externally-funded research projects with the expectation that the Chair and Professor will continue to help the Department build a strong research agenda. Candidates must be eligible for appointment as a tenured, Full Professor. Anticipated appointment begins July 1, 2023.

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
Salary is competitive with other major universities and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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

How to Apply

We encourage applications from qualified individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. For full consideration, applicants should submit 1) a cover letter describing their interests, qualifications, and current research including how they view diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism and belonging in higher education and specifically respond to this question: As a leader, what are some of the specific challenges you see in ensuring inclusion across faculty, students, staff, curricula and provide an example of how you have addressed challenges/strengthened efforts in one or more of those domains; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) three publications that are illustrative of your research expertise; and 4) a list of three references (letters not required at this time). For best consideration, please submit materials for Department of Family Science Chair and Professor position #105963 through by Sunday, February 12, 2023. Applications will be held in confidence until finalists are invited for a campus interview. References will not be contacted without candidate consent. Questions can be emailed to the search committee chair, Dr. Michael Brown at, [email protected]. Please indicate FMSC Chair Search in the subject line of the email correspondence.

Application Deadline
February 12, 2023