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 Professor in Consumer Economics and Housing.

Position: Assistant Professor in Consumer Economics and Housing (nine months, academic appointment, tenure track, 50% research, 50% teaching).

Responsibilities: 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 also expected to teach courses, with a focus on Consumer Economics. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research agenda and secure external funding on topics related to consumer economics, consumer education, consumer policy, or consumer decision-making and will ideally include some aspect of housing studies such as mortgage/predatory lending, at-risk consumers, community development, housing counseling, property management, discrimination, aging and the life-course. The ideal candidate will have research dedicated to the application of common methods to collect large-scale datasets or analysis using applications such as Geographic Information Systems ( GIS ) based tools and techniques. Their research will involve gathering, displaying, and manipulating of imagery, GIS, and historical data to study community-based problems related to housing and consumer economics among 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 consumer economics-related courses supplemented with housing management and policy content. 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 November 10, 2023 will be given full consideration. The college plans to fill this position by August 2024, 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 (mmcbride@uga.edu). Questions about this position or the application process should be directed to Dr. Diann Moorman (dmoorman@uga.edu) or Ms. Melissa McBride (mmcbride@uga.edu).

Posting Details

Posting Number

F1785P

Working Title

Assistant/Associate Professor in Housing and Consumer Economics

Department

FACS-Fin Plan,Housing&Cnsm Ecn

About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), located in Athens, is a public research university, a land-grant/sea-grant institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, UGA is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The campus and community of Athens offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 36,000 students and has been consistently ranked as one of the top public institutions of higher education in the United States. The Athens campus is approximately 75 miles northeast of Atlanta, 60 miles from Blue Ridge Mountains, and 195 miles from the Atlantic coast. Athens fosters a rich cultural environment interconnected with the university and is perennially identified as one of America’s most livable cities. Additional information about the college and university can be found at: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ and http://www.uga.edu/.

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 the quality of lives and communities. The department provides research and outreach in support of local government through the Housing and Demographics Research Center.

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), located in Athens, is a public research university, a land-grant/sea-grant institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, UGA is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The campus and community of Athens offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 36,000 students and has been consistently ranked as one of the top public institutions of higher education in the United States. The Athens campus is approximately 75 miles northeast of Atlanta, 60 miles from Blue Ridge Mountains, and 195 miles from the Atlantic coast. Athens fosters a rich cultural environment interconnected with the university and is perennially identified as one of America’s most livable cities. Additional information about the college and university can be found at: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ and http://www.uga.edu/.

College/Unit/Department website

https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fhce

Posting Type

External

Retirement Plan

TRS or ORP

Employment Type

Employee

Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible

Underutilization

Advertised Salary

Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Anticipated Start Date

08/01/2024

Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)

Job Posting Date

10/02/2023

Job Closing Date

Open until filled

Yes

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 (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Open Rank

FLSA

Faculty Rank

Open Rank (Tenure Track)

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications

An earned doctorate in consumer economics, consumer behavior, housing studies, community development, policy analysis, or a closely related discipline

Additional Requirements

To be considered for the position of Assistant Professor, the applicant must hold an earned doctorate in consumer economics, consumer behavior, housing studies, community development, policy analysis, or a closely related discipline with computational expertise in Geospatial Analysis, experimental design, and other quantitative methodologies.

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.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Physical Demands

Is this a Position of Trust?

No

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?

No

Does this position require a P-Card?

No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?

No

Is driving a responsibility of this position?

No

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?

No

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)

No

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.

Duties/Responsibilities

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
  5. List of References with Contact Information
  6. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Letters of Recommendation


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