Assistant Professor in Contexts of Development

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Home Economics & Consumer Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number F1040P Working Title Assistant Professor in Contexts of Development Department FACS-Human Devel & Family Sci About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia, is a Research I, land-grant and sea-grant university institution in the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia 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 30,000 undergraduate students and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 15 public institutions of higher education in the United States. Recently, UGA was ranked 15th by the Kiplinger Magazine in the list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” The Athens campus is approximately 60 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains and 185 miles from the coast. Visit the University’s website at for additional information. About the College/Unit/Department
About HDFS at UGA : The Department of Human Development and Family Science provides leadership in the field via cutting edge research, pedagogy, and service. We are an interdisciplinary program focusing on individual, relationship, and family development within diverse ecological contexts. Faculty research interests include infancy and childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, adult development and aging, parenting and caregiving, interpersonal relationships, health and biobehavioral processes, diversity and culture, and contexts of human development. We have a vital program with over 481 undergraduate majors, 48 doctoral students, and 20 faculty operating in a collegial and supportive environment. Faculty in the department collaborate with numerous programs and institutions across campus including the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, Center for Family Research, Bio-Imaging Research Center, Institute on Human Development and Disability, Institute of Gerontology, McPhaul Child Development Center, and UGA Cooperative Extension. Additional information about the department may be found at:

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion : The Human Development and Family Science ( HDFS ) Department at the University of Georgia aims to promote social justice, disrupt systems of oppression and marginalization, and advocate for the well-being of diverse individuals and families through teaching, research, and outreach. This is central to promoting optimal individual and family development. The HDFS Department is committed to diversifying our faculty, staff and student body; creating opportunities and venues for continued faculty, staff and student learning, accountability, and discussion about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; utilizing critical pedagogical practices in our curriculum that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in undergraduate, graduate, and extension education; generating and disseminating socially relevant research and scholarship; engaging with diverse communities through culturally responsive, decolonizing service and outreach; creating a climate of social justice learning within the HDFS community by examining and challenging institutional structural inequalities; and annually assessing our individual and collective progress toward these commitments.

Likewise, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all (see for more information). We welcome applicants who share this commitment. College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2022 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 10/20/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 21, 2021. Candidates should submit their application online via . Required materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, a diversity statement, up to three preprints/reprints of representative publications, and contact information for three references. The diversity statement should describe one or more ways you will contribute to building an equitable, inclusive, and diverse learning environment in teaching, mentoring, research, and service.

Direct additional questions about the position to Dr. Margaret Caughy, Search Committee Chair, .

The Department of Human Development and Family Science is currently conducting an additional search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Lifespan Development. More information about this related search can be found at . Individuals who are interested in being considered for both positions should submit application materials to both listings. 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 (

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Position Details

Classification Title Assistant Professor FLSA Faculty Rank Assistant Professor Contract Type Academic (9 mo.) Tenure Status Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications
Earned doctorate in HDFS or closely related area (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health, education, gerontology, etc.). Position Summary
The Department of Human Development and Family Science ( HDFS ) at the University of Georgia is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Contexts of Development, position to begin August 2022.

The successful applicant will collaborate and contribute to an established curriculum in HDFS at both graduate and undergraduate levels; develop and maintain a rigorous, nationally-recognized research program in developmental science using advanced quantitative analytical strategies; secure funding from external sources and publish in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets; and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in human development and/or research methods in HDFS . Additional Requirements
Applicants should have a program of research and scholarship in human development and/or research methods for appointment as an Assistant Professor and contribute to one or more of the department’s research areas [ ]. See UGA’s criteria for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure. Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
The successful candidate will show clear and convincing evidence of, or clear potential for, securing external research funding in development science. Research can be focused on developmental processes during any stage of development from infancy through adulthood and should demonstrate the candidate’s expertise in the contexts that affect development. Examples of relevant contexts include (but are not limited to): neighborhood contexts; rural contexts; ethnic/racial contexts; developmentally salient non-familial contexts (peer contexts, extracurricular activity involvement in adolescence, college/work contexts of early adulthood); school/classroom contexts; digital contexts; individuals/families in extreme poverty; immigrating or displaced individuals/families; or military families. Individuals with expertise in marginalized and/or underrepresented communities as well as social determinants in health and development are especially encouraged to apply.

Our preference is for candidates with expertise in advanced methods for studying contextual effects. Examples include methods of measuring contextual features (e.g., geographic information system mapping), methods of modeling interpersonal relationships and behaviors in contexts (e.g., social network analysis), sophisticated methods of modeling person X context interactions, or methods for engaging with and understanding in-depth the contexts of underserved communities (e.g., participatory action research). Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
The successful candidate will demonstrate competencies in collaborating, fostering teamwork, and mentoring students in human development. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a background that includes successful teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level. 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

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