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Assistant/Associate Professor in Housing and Consumer Economics

Position Summary

The Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor in Housing and Consumer Economics.

The faculty member will have a 50% Research / 50% Teaching nine-month, full time appointment in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics, but will be expected to collaborate across campus on research, outreach, and teaching. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research agenda and secure external funding. The candidate is also expected to deliver courses in Housing Management and Policy, Consumer Economics and conduct research dedicated to the application of common methods to collect large scale datasets, and analyze using applications such as Geographic Information Systems ( GIS ) based tools and techniques. Their research will involve gathering, displaying, and manipulation of imagery, GPS, satellite photography and historical data such as street addresses and postal codes to study problems related to the role of housing and neighborhood characteristics on cognitive aging of diverse populations. It is expected that the successful candidate will collaborate with others to grow and/or sustain all scholarly undergraduate and graduate programs and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics. The primary teaching assignment for the individual filling this position will be housing management and policy, and consumer economics related courses. The hired faculty member will be required to advise undergraduate and graduate students, participate in departmental and collegiate governance and professional organizations, and pursue active membership in relevant professional organizations.

Computational Social Sciences Cluster Hire: The position is part of a campus-wide Presidential Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring Initiative in Computational Social Sciences that aims to recruit a total of 50 faculty members who will educate students and advance research in data science and AI. Rather than being housed exclusively in a single department; however, the majority of UGA’s newly recruited faculty will focus on the fusion of data science, AI, and computational social sciences in cross-cutting areas such as health and medicine, biomanufacturing, infectious diseases, integrative precision agriculture, ethics, cybersecurity, resilient communities, and the environment. Specifically, the candidate for these positions should bridge research efforts between Applied Social Science Interventions for Community cluster hires across the University in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Public Health, and School of Social Work.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Closing date: Complete applications received by March 17, 2023 will be given full consideration. The college plans to fill this position by August 2023, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Complete applications will include a letter of application, a vita, a copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript for graduate study, a sample of scholarly writing, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of reference are preferred but not required unless invited to interview. Applicants should request that three letters of reference be sent directly to Melissa McBride ( Questions about this position or the application process should be directed to Dr. Kim Skobba ( or Ms. Melissa McBride (

The college welcomes applications and nominations of minorities and others who share our desire to support a culture of diversity and inclusion.

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Housing and Consumer Economics


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About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics is one of the four academic units in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with an enrollment of approximately 320 undergraduate and 90 graduate students. Undergraduate programs include Consumer Economics (with an optional emphasis in Applied Consumer Analytics), Social Entrepreneurship, Financial Planning, and Housing Management and Policy (with an optional emphasis in Residential Property Management). The Department is staffed by 20 faculty members with expertise in consumer decision making, consumer and family policy, financial literacy, financial planning, housing, and residential property management. Extension and public service faculty provide practical, research-based information to Georgia residents to improve quality of lives and communities. The department provides research and outreach in support of local government through the Housing and Demographics Research Center.

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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Details

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Open Rank


Faculty Rank

Open Rank (Tenure Track)

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

An earned doctorate in consumer economics, consumer behavior, housing management and policy, policy analysis or a closely related discipline with computational expertise in Geospatial Analysis, experimental design and other qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Additional Requirements

Appointment to rank of associate professor will be extended to individuals with at least five years as assistant professor (eligible for promotion to rank of associate professor upon appointment) at a comparable institution and must show clear and convincing evidence of high levels of attainment in teaching and research and commensurate national or international recognition related to developmental science and/or family studies. The successful candidate must show evidence of, or clear potential for, successful teaching at the graduate level and securing external research funding. See UGA’s criteria for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

At least one degree in Family and Consumer Sciences is preferred. Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems ( GIS ) based tools and techniques.

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Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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  4. Unofficial Transcripts
  5. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
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  2. Unofficial Letters of Recommendation

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