Endowed Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies

University of Missouri
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at the University of Missouri seeks applicants for the endowed Millsap Professorship of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in HDFS at the rank of Professor with tenure (9-month appointment). The successful candidate will have a doctorate in Human Development and Family Science, or a related field, national reputation for excellence in scholarship, track record of external funding, recent publications in top-tier journals, scholarly emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism in human development and/or family science and meet expectations to maintain or be promoted to “full” professor upon hire. Successful applicants will demonstrate scholarly activity consistent with the University’s status as an AAU member and a “Very High” Research Productive institution.

The Millsap Professor will maintain an active and vibrant program of research that complements the research of current HDFS faculty, secure external funding to support such research efforts, emphasize diversity and multiculturalism in any area within human development and family science, provide leadership and insight about topics pertaining to diversity and multiculturalism to the campus and local communities, and teach and advise students.

The start date is August 2024. Salary is commensurate with experience, and the position includes ongoing supplemental monetary support for scholarly activities. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to the applications received by February 1, 2024. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

This position will be housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri – Columbia.


• Maintain an active, externally funded program of research and scholarship

• Teach courses related to diversity and multiculturalism consistent with the program and departmental instructional needs

• Advise and provide research supervision to graduate students in Human Development and Family Science and serve on dissertation committees for students in the department

• Provide leadership to the program, department, college, and university

Candidates will be evaluated on:

• Record of scholarly productivity and evidence of maintaining such scholarship

• Success as principal investigator on externally-funded projects

• Emphasis on diversity and multicultural studies within HDFS or related field

• Ability to teach and mentor students on diversity and multicultural topics

• Ability to work and engage with department, university, and community members

• Is a “full” Professor or meets the requirements to be promoted to “full” Professor


Minimum Qualifications:

• An earned doctorate in Human Development and Family Science or a related field

Organization Summary

The HDFS Department. HDFS joined the College of Education July 1, 2021, as the sixth and newest department. Faculty in the department conduct research about child, adolescent, and adult development, diversity and multiculturalism, family and relationship science, health and family functioning. HDFS offers both undergraduate degrees (BA and BS) and graduate degrees (MA, MS, and PHD) programs, and has a significant presence on campus and within the state through its Extension outreach and services. HDFS is home to two large centers: Center for Family Policy and Research (CFPR) and Child Development Laboratory (CDL). The CFPR offers faculty and students opportunities to work on grant-funded research and intervention projects that directly serve children, families, and communities. The CDL provides childcare for children under six years and serves as a teaching and research laboratory for faculty and students. The Department currently has over 4- million in externally funded grants and contracts.

The College of Education and Human Development. The College of Education and Human Development serves more than 2,700 students in degree programs spanning the baccalaureate, Master’s, and doctoral levels. In 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked it in the top 50 colleges of education in the nation. Several of its degree programs are recognized nationally as leaders in their fields. The College boasts an impressive research and outreach footprint, with over $45 million in externally funded grants and contracts, as well as outreach activities in every county throughout Missouri.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Values Commitment
We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Commensurate with education and experience.

University of Missouri, 102 Gwynn Hall
526 Hitt Street
Columbia, MO 65211
United States

How to Apply

Upload application materials including a cover letter describing research/ scholarly interests and qualifications, curriculum vitae, two reprints or preprints of recent manuscripts, and names and contact information for three references (no reference letters are required at this time) to: http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/ Questions about the online application system are best directed to MU Human Resources at (573) 882-7976. Questions about the Millsap position should be addressed to the search committee co-chairs: Drs. Francisco Palermo ([email protected]) and Louis Manfra ([email protected]).

Application Deadline
Priority to applications received by February 1, 2024.