TENURE-TRACK, OPEN RANK FACULTY POSITION, WITH A SPECIALIZATION IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, SPECIFICALLY LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT
POSITION DESCRIPTION. The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware seeks a candidate with expertise in life span development, children and families at-promise, marginalized communities, and/or community engagement to serve as a full-time tenure-track faculty member at the open rank position. We are particularly interested in applicants who are prepared to collaborate with our faculty in the areas of social determinants of health, human services, and/or early care and education. The ideal candidate also will have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a social justice perspective; an interest in working in an interdisciplinary academic environment; a strong scholarly record; and a strong record of, and/or plans to secure external funding.
QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. We seek applicants at any rank who conduct rigorous research focusing on life span development, children and families at-promise, and/or marginalized communities. Applicants with a Ph.D. from varied academic backgrounds and disciplines, including human development and family sciences, public health, psychology, sociology, social work, education, or a related field will be considered. Extensive training and/or experience in family science and a good working knowledge of the application of family and developmental models and theories, is required. Applicants who study development, aging, children and families of varying abilities and capacities, with social and policy factors are of considerable interest. Applicants must have experience with research, working as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and teaching and mentorship as well as a demonstrated promise in attracting external funding. Teaching opportunities will be in the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. The start date of the position is September 1, 2022.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES. The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences is an innovative, interdisciplinary department that focuses on the study of critical social issues affecting individuals, families, and communities, along with poverty and at-risk families, as well as teacher education in early childhood. Housed in HDFS, the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood conducts research and outreach statewide providing a unique opportunity to study policy and practice implementation at scale. The Department is affiliated with numerous policy and practice-focused early childhood centers that provide a context for data collection, data analysis, and the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, including New Directions Early Head Start, the Laboratory Preschool, and the Early Learning Center. Other relevant centers in the Department or College include the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities and the Center for Disabilities Studies.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. CEHD is a vibrant, dynamic college, home to the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and the School of Education. CEHD employs approximately 60 tenure track faculty who educate over 1500 undergraduates and 350 graduate students, and has more than $21.5M in external research funds from major funding organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Administration for Children and Families, Institute for Education Sciences, and the National Science Foundation. CEHD has twelve research and public service centers working at the intersection of research and practice in areas such as teacher professional development, early care and education, and services for individuals with disabilities.
College faculty conduct cutting-edge research designed to improve child, adult and family outcomes in health, social services, early care, and education, where our work spans mathematics education, language and literacy, the science of learning, sociocultural approaches, developing statistical and analytic methods, and educational policy.
Cross-disciplinary efforts are strong across the college and university. Three organizations in particular add to the strengths of UD’s cross-disciplinary work: (1) the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP), whose mission is to conduct rigorous research, program evaluation, and policy analysis to inform decisions at the local, state, and federal levels, (2) the Data Science Institute (DSI), a cross-campus initiative from all seven colleges at UD, which aims to accelerate interdisciplinary research in data science by offering interdisciplinary training in cutting-edge exploratory techniques such as video image analysis, and (3) UD’s Partnership for Public Education (PPE) which embodies UD’s commitment to applying research to practice and policy. Also contributing to our work is UD’s Center for the Study of Diversity, which promotes academic research and scholarship that facilitates dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE. Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in Newark, Delaware, within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (a research designation accorded to fewer than three percent of the degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $240 million annually. A privately governed, state-assisted institution, the University enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.
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The University of Delaware strongly believes that our future success is firmly predicated on our steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for our School's educational mission to prepare future scholars, educators, and leaders to educate and lead in increasingly diverse schools and communities. The University of Delaware is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, people who identify with minoritized groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
APPLICATIONS. Review of applications begins January 15, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should include: (1) a 2-3 page cover letter describing their qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, scholarship, research accomplishments (including external funding), and evidence of effective teaching and mentoring; (2) a brief (no more than 1 page) diversity/equity/inclusion statement discussing how the candidate’s scholarship, teaching and/or service addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion; (3) curriculum vitae; and (4) names of 3 references. Please do not send recommendation letters at this time; we will request letters from semi-finalists. For inquiries, please contact: Ann M. Aviles, Search Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org