Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences (Child Life Focus)



Job description

Job Posting Number: 202313TTL

Job Location: San Marcos

Department: School of Family & Consumer Sciences

Position Description

The Human Development and Family Sciences program at Texas State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position. This is a 9-month appointment with the possibility of summer teaching. This position is available at the Assistant Professor level.

The Human Development and Family Sciences program at Texas State offers a Bachelor of Science at the undergraduate level and a Master of Science degree with Human Development and Family Sciences and Child Life Specialist tracks. The successful candidate for this position will be able to teach courses in one or more of these topic areas at the undergraduate and graduate level: child life, family relationships, research methods, statistics, family and child development theory, administration/evaluation of human service organizations, infant through adolescent development, cultural diversity, family diversity, program administration, guidance, and developmentally appropriate curriculum planning for young children. In addition, the successful applicant will be able to maintain an active research agenda, and participate in appropriate service activities.

We seek candidates who share our commitment to educational equity, social justice, and the high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systemically marginalized communities. We are especially interested in applicants whose professional background include attention to the concerns of race, ethnicity, multilingualism, immigrant, social class, gender, and diversity, broadly defined. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. All positions are subject to availability of funds.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences or a closely related field by start date; a record of or the potential for research and publication in the top journals in the discipline; teaching experience at the college level.

Preferred Qualifications

Research focused on children in hospitalized settings, grief and bereavement, relationship dynamics (e.g., romantic/marital relationship, parent-child, peer, sibling, etc.), early and/or middle childhood, adolescence, or adult populations; research interest and/or experience working with Latinx children and/or families; ability to work with a diverse population; experience in grant procurement; current publication record; commitment to educational equity, social justice, and the high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systemically marginalized communities; Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).

Proposed Start Date: Fall 2023

Full Consideration Date


Close Date: 02/15/2023

EEO/AA Statement

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you experience accessibility issues or require alternative formatting during the application process due to a disability or underlying condition, we request that you contact Faculty and Academic Resources for assistance at [email protected]. A representative from Faculty and Academic Resources will respond to you as soon as is possible.

Record Checks and Verifications

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

Tobacco-Free Campus

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Why Work at Texas State?

Texas State University is home to more than 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in the growing Austin-San Antonio corridor. A member of the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie classification, the university creates new knowledge, fosters cultural and economic development, and prepares its growing population of diverse students for the endless possibilities that await them as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Bolstered by research with relevance and innovation in creative and scholarly work in a full range of academic disciplines and a spirit of inclusiveness, Texas State seeks outstanding candidates for a variety of faculty positions.

How to apply

Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered,

To ensure full consideration, please submit the following by February 15, 2023:
1) cover letter that addresses all required and preferred qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement on justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) and how a focus on JEDI informs their teaching, scholarship, and service, and 4) three letters of recommendation.

As part of our application process, we are requesting contact information for three (3) academic references. Please provide the names and email addresses for your references in the Reference Letter section of the employment application. Upon submission of your application, an automated email will be generated and sent to your references with instructions on how to attach the reference letter to your application through a confidential online portal. Applicants are highly recommended to remind their referees to respond to the letter request in a timely manner.

Please contact Dr. Edna Alfaro ([email protected]), the Search Committee Chair, for questions about the position.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities.

Texas State's 34,225 students choose from 96 bachelor’s, 87 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College and the Graduate College. As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students.