Open Rank Position - Child Protection & Well Being

Job Title: Open Rank Position - Child Protection & Well Being
Job Number: 53468
Department: Human Development & Family Studies
Location: UP
Announce Start Date: 9/7/2014
Closing End Date: Until Filled

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS; in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University invites applications for an open rank tenure-track or tenured faculty member whose research focuses on the prevention and treatment of child maltreatment, including sexual abuse, violence exposure and other forms of maltreatment.

We are particularly interested in someone who focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of intervention and prevention programs aimed at reducing the risk and prevalence of child abuse and neglect. Applicants conducting research with direct implications for program development should also apply. Candidates should demonstrate a clear program of research, strong publication record, and the potential to obtain external funding. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as directing theses/dissertations.  An earned doctorate in the behavioral or social sciences and the promise of outstanding scholarly accomplishments are required.

Rated by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top developmental science programs in the country, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies administers graduate, undergraduate, and research programs focused on individual development from infancy to old age, on family structure and dynamics, and on the impact of social/cultural contexts on development and family functioning. Two hallmarks of the program’s research and graduate training are a focus on development and application of innovative methods for the analysis of change over time and the design and evaluation of preventive interventions to promote development. The Department`s multidisciplinary faculty includes expertise in development across the life span, social-affective neuroscience, clinical and health psychology, prevention science, family process and intervention, sociology, demography, education, and methodology. The successful candidate would be an affiliate of the Prevention Research Center (PRC;, whose research projects range from etiologic studies to large-scale translation trials, examining how families, schools, and communities can work together to promote healthy lifestyles for children, youth, and families.

Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To be considered, candidates must complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three professional references (who will provide letters of recommendation), and selected (p)reprints.  If unable to submit materials electronically, mail to Ms. Donna Bitner, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, 315 Health & Human Development East, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.  For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Anthony D’Augelli,

The job announcement and link to the on-line application process is found at: (see vacancy job # 53468)

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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