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Assistant Professor and Assistant/Associate Professor Human Development and Family Science

University of North Texas
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Department Summary:          

The Department of Educational Psychology is one of four departments in the College of Education. The College offers 12 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and 15 doctoral concentrations with over 100 faculty that provide the training and field experience needed to teach people how to live more productive lives. The Department of Educational Psychology currently offers a BS degree and two master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and Special Education. Two PhDs are offered, one in Educational Psychology, and one in Special Education. The Educational Psychology PhD program is presently organized around three concentrations: (a) Research Methodology, Measurement, & Statistics, (b) Human Development & Family Science, and (c) Gifted and Talented Education. In addition, the Educational Psychology PhD supports concentrations in (d) Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, and (e) Sport Pedagogy and Motor Behavior in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation.


Position Summary:

The Department of Educational Psychology invites applications for two tenure line appointments in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS), one at the Assistant rank and one at the Assistant/Associate rank, to begin Fall, 2022. We seek candidates with either a strong development-focus and/or family-focus at either rank. Each faculty member will support the integrated nature of development and family science represented in HDFS. Successful candidates will provide evidence of teaching, research, and service work that incorporates critical multiculturalism in an effort to support the College’s mission towards educational justice.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute—through their research, teaching, and mentoring—to the continued development and success of the department and growing the graduate program concentrations at the doctoral (HDFS) and master’s level (Family Policy and Public Administration; Learning and Development). Expected scholarship includes regular publications in quality outlets, professional presentations, and submission of external grant proposals. The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses in development or family science related courses. Traditional, online, and teaching at satellite sites may be required.

Sustaining an ongoing research agenda in their area of specialization, including regular publications in quality outlets, professional presentations, and submission of external grant proposals and securing external funding at the Associate level are expected.  Service on dissertation committees is also expected, as well as representation of the discipline and department via committee participation and other relevant service activities.

Minimum Qualifications:       

Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in HDFS, Educational Psychology, Family Science or a closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered if the doctorate is successfully defended prior to the start date.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated college-level teaching and research experience, evidence for the ability to develop and maintain a scholarly research agenda, and experience with attaining external funding or the potential for external funding, commensurate with rank. We are particularly interested in bilingual candidates and candidates whose work includes focus on Families of Color. Background knowledge in policy and public health would be welcome. We are interested in candidates who evidence active engagement in professional organizations, such as the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), Society for Research on Adolescents (SRA), Family Science Association, and the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) etc. Successful candidates will not only evidence the incorporation of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and research work, but will also demonstrate how they actively seek to produce culturally competent content.  

The University:

The University of North Texas is a Tier One Research University in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex – the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States - and is a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution. This dynamic region is seeing explosive growth, demographically and economically, with several of the fastest-growing municipalities in the nation, and is host to countless excellent restaurants, parks and outdoor opportunities, cultural institutions of all types, and globally diverse populations. With more than 40,000 students, UNT is one of the nation’s largest universities, and our teacher preparation programs are among the largest in the state of Texas. Moreover, the College of Education, as the founding college of the university, enjoys respectful and collegial relationships with our colleagues across the campus.


All applicants must apply online at: (select Faculty, UNT-Educational Psychology, University of North Texas – Denton). Questions regarding the position can be directed to the search committee chair: Dr. Wendy Middlemiss,, (940) 369-8870.



Review of applicants will begin November 29, 2021 and continue until the search is closed.  Applicants are encouraged to continue to apply even after this initial date. A criminal history check and official transcripts are required before employment.


EEO Statement:   

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas is an AA/ADA/EOE committed to diversity in its educational programs.

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