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Department Chair & Associate Professor/Full Professor, Human Development and Family Science

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Date posted
Oct 6, 2023

Department Chair & Associate Professor/Full Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

Florida State University



The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at Florida State University invites applications for a Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the rank of Associate Professor/Full Professor. The College encourages applications from visionary leaders committed to making a difference in the lives of people.  Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Department Chair is responsible for the overall success of the Department, its students, faculty and staff. 

The Department of Human Development and Family Science includes programming focused on human development, family processes, and empirically supported relationship interventions. Specifically, our research, teaching, and service activities reflect our three program foci: Relational development and enhancement of young adults, couples, and families; distressed families and relational interventions; and the link between parenting processes and relational outcomes. The Department also has a focus on health and well-being across the lifespan. The Department strives to provide undergraduate and graduate students with world-class academic experiences, teaching, research, and professional development. For more information please visit the department website at

The roots of FSU’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences date back to the university’s establishment, and it is the oldest college of its kind in Florida. Recently expanded in 2023, the College is home to six academic departments united through a common goal to maximize human potential. In total, the College includes the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems, Department of Human Development & Family Science, Department of Health, Nutrition, and Food Sciences, Department of Sport Management, School of Teacher Education, numerous research centers, and three laboratory schools (Florida State University School, FSU Pembroke Pines Charter School, and The Collegiate School at FSU Panama City). The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences serves over 4,500 students via 187 full-time faculty and 73 full-time staff.

For more information about the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences visit:



  • Provide visionary leadership and strategic direction for all academic programs in the Department, including the BS, MS, Ph.D. in Human Development and the Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy and the establishment of other degree programs.
  • Align the Department’s strategic goals with the strategic plans of the College and the University.
  • Manage budgetary, personnel, and other Department resources.
  • Contribute to and maintain Department by-laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Foster and maintain a supportive and safe environment for all faculty, staff, and students in the Department.
  • Lead efforts to build positive relationships within and outside the University that lead to the betterment and advancement of the Department, College, and the well-being of the community and the region.


  • Earned doctorate in a relevant area of study (e.g., marriage and family therapy, family studies/science, human development, sociology, psychology) and academic credentials eligible for faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full professor with tenure.
  • Record of significant accomplishments in research and demonstrated experience in securing extramural funding; exceptionally qualified candidates at the rank of Full Professor may also be considered for the Norejane Hendrickson Distinguished Professorship.
  • Experience in administration, teaching, and faculty development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in academic leadership, including budgetary oversight and management.
  • Broad and diverse research knowledge and experience at Research 1 universities-to understand, guide, and communicate with faculty working in diverse fields within various paradigms and methodologies.
  • Experience in building and maintaining positive relationships within the Department, the College, the University, and with external partners.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to faculty development and advancement.


University Information

Founded in 1851, Florida State University is a comprehensive, national, graduate-research university offering more than 280 outstanding academic and professional degrees in top programs to over 45,000 students. Consistently ranked among the best public universities in the nation, Florida State University provides extraordinary opportunities for undergraduate students to build a strong foundation in their chosen fields; study abroad at the University’s overseas campuses; engage in scores of service activities; benefit from world class library and technical facilities; participate in extensive intramural and recreational events; and interact with some of the finest students and faculty in the nation in a distinctive, welcoming environment. The Florida State University Athletics Department sponsors 20 teams that honor the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Collectively, these teams have won 21 team national championships, and over 100 team conference championships, as well as numerous individual national and conference titles. The University instills the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and achievement. 

Florida State University is located in the capital city of Florida, Tallahassee. Tallahassee boasts a metropolitan area population of nearly 400,000 residents, making it the largest city in the Florida Big Bend and Florida Panhandle region, and the main center for trade and agriculture in the Florida Big Bend and Southwest Georgia regions. Over 70,000 college students make Tallahassee their home, and they enroll either at Florida State University, Florida A&M University, or Tallahassee Community College. Known for its beautiful canopy roads, excellent K-12 schools, abundant sunshine, and mild winters, Tallahassee is the site of the Florida State Capitol, Supreme Court of Florida, Florida Governor's Mansion, and nearly 30 state agency headquarters. Tallahassee is also home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers. In 2015, Tallahassee was awarded the All-American City Award by the National Civic League for the second time.



This is a faculty position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

This position is being advertised as open until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by November 15, 2023.

This nine-month position includes a partial summer salary for the Chair role as well as an administrative stipend for service during the traditional academic year.

Proposed start date: July 1, 2024.


How to Apply

Review of candidates will begin November 15, 2023, and will continue until filled. We urge interested candidates to submit materials as soon as possible.

Interested candidates should submit an online application at:

Applicants are required to complete FSU’s online application, providing all educational details and a curriculum vitae.


Applicants should also include:

(1) Contact information for three professional references (references will not be contacted prior to notifying applicants).

(2) A cover letter that articulates the applicant’s experience including information about research and philosophy of teaching.

(3) A statement about leadership style and expression of a vision for the Department of Human Development and Family Science.


Contact Information

Jeffrey James, Ph.D.

Search Committee Chair


Questions regarding the application submission system and process should be directed to the application coordinator:

Donna Romano, Office Administrator

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

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