BYU - School of Family Life - CFS Professional Faculty (Public Scholar)

Brigham Young University - School of Family Life
Utah, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Title:  School of Family Life - CFS Professional Faculty (Public Scholar)

Classification:  CFS Professional

Desired start date:   July 1, 2022

Posting close date:   August 6, 2021

Summary:  The School of Family Life is seeking a talented public-scholar-teacher to fill a full-time position in the School of Family Life (SFL) at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor levels.

Educational and Experience Requirements:  A PhD (or equivalent terminal degree) in family studies, human development, developmental psychology, marriage and family therapy, economics, political science, history, law, journalism, communications, or a related discipline is required. Those with established academic or professional careers are encouraged to apply, as well as outstanding new PhDs or ABDs who will complete their degrees by August 2022. Evidence of public scholarly capacity and achievement in the field as well as teaching ability is required.

Required degree must be completed by the start date.

Positions Description:  Continuing faculty status track (CFS). This professional position in the School of Family Life (SFL) focuses on excellence in teaching and public scholarship. Responsibilities include publishing high quality public scholarship, teaching undergraduate (and possibly graduate courses), student mentoring, and providing service on program, school, college, and university committees. SFL seeks to foster an inclusive environment that values diversity and excellence. Candidates should have experience in – or the potential for – building an enriched, equitable, and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, research, mentoring, service, or life experiences. This will be a full-time, professional-track position (CFS-track). Rank at appointment is open. A visiting faculty appointment may be considered.

The School of Family Life is actively seeking to expand its scholarly and teaching missions to include writing to broader audiences on important issues related to understanding and strengthening families in contemporary societies. From a strong base of academic scholarship, faculty are striving to magnify their voice in the public square to influence general audiences for good and help them strengthen their own families. In addition, SFL is developing educational strategies to help students develop the capacity to share and defend important principles for strong families in contemporary society. To further these aims, SFL seeks to hire a talented individual to facilitate and direct our public scholarship efforts.

Responsibilities include: develop and publish a line of public scholarship; monitor public scholarship needs and opportunities; identify faculty who could respond to those needs and opportunities in a timely manner; develop connections and relationships with diverse media outlets to place public scholarship from SFL; work with faculty in SFL to craft public scholarship and place it in valued outlets; provide formal and informal training for SFL and other faculty to become more effective public scholars; help build an educational program for training SFL students to become the next generation of strong voices for family; document the impact of faculty and student public scholarship efforts; liaison with University Communications and other University and Church entities with regard to public scholarship efforts; participate professionally in wider efforts to understand the value of scientific communications and public scholarship in the academy; teach writing courses to develop talented students who have the capacity to share and defend important principles of strong family life and build an authoritative voice in the public square and academic circles; facilitate the placement of student public scholarship to help them see their potential; teach other courses in SFL.

Description of the School of Family Life: ( The School of Family Life (SFL), in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, is one of the largest and most dynamic programs of its kind. SFL offers two undergraduate majors: Family Life, with emphases in Human Development and Family Studies, and Family and Consumer Sciences Education.  The school has more than 40 full-time faculty members and over 1,500 undergraduate majors and minors. SFL also offers a MS degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy.  There are approximately 60 students in the MS or Ph.D. programs in SFL. Brigham Young University is one of the largest private universities in the U.S. and is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The university has approximately 33,000 students and 1,300 faculty. It is located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain range in Provo, Utah, a community of approximately 100,000.  BYU is an equal employment opportunity employer.  Strong preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the sponsoring institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The grounding document of the School of Family Life is “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Faculty are expected to support the principles and practices of this document.

Instructions to Applicants:  Apply by August 6, 2021, to ensure full consideration at, use keyword 97216. Questions may be directed to Dr. Angela Bradford, Ph.D., School of Family Life Search Committee Chair, 239 TLRB, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, 801-422-1575, or electronically (preferred) to

Information required at the time of application – Please list the individual contact information for each of your three recommenders on the faculty application. At some point during the selection process they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically.

Document(s) required at the time of application - Please attach the following to the faculty application: (a) 1-2 page letter of application summarizing teaching experience and performance, current public scholarship agenda, personal contribution to an enriched diverse environment, and a 5-year career plan; (b) current curriculum vitae, premiering significant public and academic scholarship publications; (c) evidence of teaching performance, such as student and peer reviews; and (d) 2-3 reprints/preprints or other public scholarship samples.  

Equal Opportunity Employer: m/f/Vets/Disability