Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track, assistant professor position to begin August 2017, to fit within the broad departmental core area of Family Development. Applicants should have a strong background of research and teaching on families from under-represented, underserved groups.  Specific areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: parent-child, marital, sibling and intergenerational relationships; caregiving and socialization; cultural values and practices; and family structure. Also of interest is the larger ecology of families such as their socio-economic context and connections to community organizations and institutions such as workplaces and schools. A translational emphasis on implications for family-oriented programs and policies is also welcomed.

Applicants should demonstrate a clear program of research, strong publication record, and the ability to attract external funding. Responsibilities include teaching both 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.  We are committed to building a diverse faculty and are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.

The Department Of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS):

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 child maltreatment, 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 has the option of be an affiliate of the Prevention Research Center (PRC;, whose research projects range from etiologic studies to large-scale translation trials and to examination of how families, schools, and communities can work together to promote healthy lifestyles for children, youth, and families. Additional research resources available include the Biomarker Core Lab (BCL), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI;, the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI;, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC;, the Methodology Center (, the Quantitative Developmental Systems Core (, the Network for Child Protection and Well-Being (, the Population Research Institute (, and the Africana Research Institute (

Candidates should complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and supporting information (e.g., reprints, preprints).  In addition, three letters of reference are required, which should be sent by the referees to Ms. Dawn Nelson, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies, 119 Health and Human Development Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.  References and questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Mayra Bamaca at  Review of applications and nominations will begin as early as October 15, 2016 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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