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Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Oct 18, 2022

Position: Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Full-time, Tenure Track, Beginning August 2023.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate HDFS courses, including introductory and higher-level family science courses from a trauma-informed lens such as family interaction or parenting processes.
  • Participate in curriculum development, accreditation process, and program assessment.
  • Engage in a quality research record.
  • Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and professional associations.
  • Advise undergraduate students.


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Human Development, Family Science, or a related field. Candidates who are ABD at time of application may be considered. Degree must be conferred prior to appointment in August 2023.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Clearly identified research agenda within family science.
  • Evidence of effective teaching experience at the university level
  • Demonstrated potential to conduct and publish research in peer-reviewed scholarly journals


Salary:   Competitive and commensurate with peer institution levels for rank and position and in keeping

               with candidate experience and credentials. 


Effective Date of Employment:  August 2023

Closing Date for Applications:   The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by December 15, 2022.


Credentials Required for Application:

Only complete applications will be accepted.

  • A cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications listed in the position description. In addition, at the center of EDHD’s conceptual framework ( is “A Community of Inclusion, Collaboration, and Respect.” Please describe what equitable and inclusive practices you have used or could use to promote learning across differences.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Transcript indicating the highest degree earned (if ABD, also include doctoral transcript); finalists will be required to submit official transcripts
  • Names and contact information of three individuals who will be asked to provide current (dated within the past year) letters of reference


Application Process:

For a complete job description and instructions on how to apply for this position visit or contact the Office of Human Resources, BGSU.  In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421 or email


Further Information:

Dr. Deborah Wooldridge, Director,

School of Family and Consumer Sciences


BGSU policy requires finalists to authorize and pass a background check prior to receiving an offer of employment.

Bowling Green State University is an AA/EEO/Vet employer.  We encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.





Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is concerned with the study of human development across the lifespan, the dynamics of family relationships, and the context of family and community. The study of lifespan human development embedded in the context of family prepares graduates to work with diverse individuals and families from birth to very old age. The curriculum embeds a strengths-based, trauma aware lens and has received academic program approval from the National Council on Family Relations for the Certified Family Life Educator credential. We emphasize inclusion and equity in curriculum, teaching, and service. In addition to the HDFS major, we offer minors in HDFS, Child Life, and Child Development.


Family and Consumer Sciences is a multidisciplinary school dedicated to communicating,

advancing, and applying knowledge that fosters the well-being of individuals and families. Primarily serving undergraduates, there are opportunities to teach graduate courses and serve on graduate committees.  The School is in the process of reorganization to stay in-tune with student demand and trends.


The College of Education and Human Development is committed to developing a dynamic community of lifelong learners and leaders.  Comprised of five schools and one department, the College is the administrative home to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The College strives to be one of the best in northwest Ohio through the interdependence of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. The intent is to create an academic environment grounded in intellectual discovery and guided by rational discourse and civility. EDHD enrolls 3,600 undergraduate students and offers advanced professional programs at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.  For more information about the college profile go to  



BGSU is a public, state-assisted, residential university.  It has approximately 21,000 students and a

stable enrollment pattern. Thirty percent of the undergraduate population are first generation college students.  The main campus is in Bowling Green, Ohio (pop. 30,000) on I-75, 30 miles south of Toledo and is 15 miles south of the Ohio Turnpike.  The University comprises nine colleges:  College of Education & Human Development; Graduate College; College of Arts & Sciences; Schmidthorst College of Business; College of Health & Human Services; Honors College, College of Musical Arts; College of Technology, Architecture, & Applied Engineering; and the Firelands College two-year campus located at Huron, Ohio.



North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges (Bachelor’s - Doctorate); National

Council on Family Relations; Higher Learning Commission.



Facilities in Family and Consumer Sciences include individual offices for faculty, technology, and active learning classrooms. The College houses a Technology Resource Center and specific support for grant-seeking and writing. The nine-story Jerome library offers open stacks, reading lounges, study carrels, seminar rooms, and many other features. BGSU has an Information Technology Services center with the latest and most complete computer system for students, faculty, and administration. A central advising office offers student support for the first two years. 


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