Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Child Development and Family Studies (Family Studies Emphasis)

West Virginia University
Posting Date

The Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development at West Virginia University seeks applicants for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Child Development and Family Studies to begin January or August 2020. Applicants should have a strong background and scholarly record in family science. We are especially interested in candidates whose research is complimentary to current faculty expertise.

The successful candidates will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, publish high quality research, seek external research funding, and engage in service to the department, college, and university. We are committed to building a diverse faculty and are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and inclusion in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.

Anticipated Workload:

  • 40% Research and Scholarship, including high quality journal publications and pursuit of external funding related to productive research agenda
  • 40% Teaching online and face-to-face courses, mentoring undergraduate and advising graduate students, contributing to program development
  • 20% Service building and maintaining appropriate community connections, contributing to departmental, college, and university functioning related to shared governance

Target Start Date: January or August 2020

Application Process

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019. The following materials are to be submitted: cover letter describing research and teaching experience and interests; a one-page diversity statement addressing how you engage a diverse student population in your teaching, research, mentoring, and advising; curriculum vitae; contact information for three professional references; and PDFs of up to three representative publications.

Applications should be made via:


For further information, contact Amy Root, PhD (Search Chair) at [email protected]


Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in human development and family studies, family science, family and consumer sciences, or related field
  • Demonstrated excellence teaching child development and family studies courses
  • Productive research agenda related to family science to compliment current program area research expertise
  • Potential to obtain external funding to support research agenda

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Family Life Educator or ability to acquire
  • Experience teaching online courses
Organization Summary

West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, WV and is the State’s comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students and a Carnegie Classification - Highest Research Activity (R1). Morgantown is a safe, inclusive, and family-friendly community that is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC.

WVU provides faculty members with a supportive environment for developing a visible and productive career ( and a range of progressive policies to support work-life integration ( WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners in their career transition and job search and belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (

West Virginia University is an EO/AA Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and Veterans. 

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

One Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin Oct. 1, 2019.