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Endowed Millsap Professorship of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in HDFS

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 19, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Millsap Professorship of Diversity and Multicultural Studies

in Human Development and Family Science

 University of Missouri

 The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at the University of Missouri seeks applicants for the endowed Millsap Professorship of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in HDFS at the rank of Professor with tenure (9-month appointment). The successful candidate will have a doctorate in Human Development and Family Science, or a related field, national reputation for excellence in scholarship, track record of external funding, recent publications in top-tier journals, and scholarly emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism in human development and/or family science. Successful applicants will demonstrate scholarly activity consistent with the University’s status as an AAU member and a “Very High” Research Productive institution.

 The Millsap Professor will maintain an active and vibrant program of research that complements the research of current HDFS faculty, secure external funding to support such research efforts, emphasize diversity and multiculturalism in any area within human development and family science, provide leadership and insight about topics pertaining to diversity and multiculturalism to the campus and local communities, and teach and advise students.

 The start date is August 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience, and the position includes ongoing supplemental monetary support for scholarly activities. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 


  • Maintain an active, externally funded program of research and scholarship
  • Teach courses related to diversity and multiculturalism consistent with the program and departmental instructional needs
  • Advise and provide research supervision to graduate students in Human Development and Family Science and serve on dissertation committees for students in the department
  • Provide leadership to the program, department, college, and university

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Human Development and Family Science or a related field

 Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Record of scholarly productivity and evidence of maintaining such scholarship
  • Success as principal investigator on externally-funded projects
  • Emphasis on diversity and multicultural studies within HDFS or related field
  • Ability to teach and mentor students on diversity and multicultural topics
  • Ability to work and engage with department, university, and community members

This position will be housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

 The HDFS Department. HDFS joined the College of Education July 1, 2021, as the sixth and newest department. Faculty in the department conduct research about child, adolescent, and adult development, diversity and multiculturalism, family and relationship science, health and family functioning. HDFS offers both undergraduate degrees (BA and BS) and graduate degrees (MA, MS, and PHD) programs, and has a significant presence on campus and within the state through its Extension outreach and services. HDFS is home to two large centers: Center for Family Policy and Research (CFPR) and Child Development Laboratory (CDL). The CFPR offers faculty and students opportunities to work on grant-funded research and intervention projects that directly serve children, families, and communities. The CDL provides childcare for children under six years and serves as a teaching and research laboratory for faculty and students. The Department currently has over 4- million in externally funded grants and contracts.

 The College of Education and Human Development. The College of Education and Human Development serves more than 2,700 students in degree programs spanning the baccalaureate, Master’s, and doctoral levels. In 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked it in the top 50 colleges of education in the nation. Several of its degree programs are recognized nationally as leaders in their fields. The College boasts an impressive research and outreach footprint, with over $45 million in externally funded grants and contracts, as well as outreach activities in every county throughout Missouri.

 The city of Columbia, MO. HYPERLINK "" Ranked by the American Institute for Economic Research as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns, Columbia combines small-town comforts, community spirit and a low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Our city of about 120,000 people lies midway between Missouri’s largest metro areas: St. Louis and Kansas City. It is home to nationally recognized public schools including two top-ranked high schools and two other colleges and educational centers. It is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues; home to multiple parks and outdoor recreation sites such as Rock Bridge State Park and the MKT Trail; and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals, such as the True/False Film Festival. Come see why Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Journal, and others have all named Columbia, Missouri one of the best places in the country to live.

 How to apply. Upload application materials including a cover letter describing research/ scholarly interests and qualifications, curriculum vitae, two reprints or preprints of recent manuscripts, and names and contact information for three references (no reference letters are required at this time) to:  Questions about the online application system are best directed to MU Human Resources at (573) 882-7976. Questions about the Millsap position should be addressed to the search committee co-chairs: Drs. Francisco Palermo ( and Louis Manfra (

 The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students, and is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer. To request ADA accommodations, please contact our ADA Coordinator at 573-884-7278 (V/TTY).

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