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Posted 12/13/2018

Assistant Professor of Family Studies, Child and Youth Developmen

Starting Date: August 15, 2019 or as negotiated.

Responsibilities: This is a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a 65% extension and 35% research responsibility. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized applied research program related to family studies, child, and youth development and related behaviors. The successful candidate will be expected to work in multi-disciplinary teams and secure external funding. The research activities are expected to support a strong focus on extension and outreach in the same area. The tenure home of the position is the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; however, the position is aligned with Penn State Extension's professional development program for early care and education and youth development professionals, Better Kid Care ( The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with BKC staff, provide programmatic support based on his or her research expertise, evaluate outcomes of BKC programming, and conduct applied research in support of its mission. A Ph.D. in sociology, family studies, child/youth development, early childhood education, or related social science or human development field is required. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the University and community is required.

Salary: Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Candidates should upload a letter of application, names and addresses of three professional references, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and official transcripts. Questions can be directed to Dr. Ted Alter, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, The Pennsylvania State University at [email protected]. Review of candidates will begin on January 18, 2019 and remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. 

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


Posted 12/3/2018

Professor and Head
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
Texas A&M University 

Texas A&M University invites applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC). This will be a 9-month tenured position, with a substantial research appointment (25-50%), and an administrative stipend. The administrative stipend and two additional months of salary will be effective for as long the person holds the position of Department Head. 

The Professor and Head will serve as the chief administrative officer of the Department and as an advocate for the disciplines that it represents. The Head reports to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station. The position provides leadership and support for numerous faculty initiatives, including enhancing and expanding undergraduate and graduate education; increasing contributions to knowledge and science through extramurally-funded research; fostering collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty; conducting extension and outreach programs; strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholder groups; and promoting communication of science-based findings to inform public policy and private decision makers. 

Candidates for the Professor and Department Head position must have an earned doctorate and have a record of academic accomplishment that would qualify them for tenure. Candidates with ongoing active research programs, interest in continuing active scholarship, and experience in academic administration are encouraged to apply. They are to provide evidence of visionary leadership, innovative thinking, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students, representing them to University administrators, state and federal agencies, industry, and the public. A commitment to working cooperatively within a multidisciplinary and multicultural community of scholars and educators is essential. A record of success in securing grant funding and program support is also highly desired. 

An idealcandidate will have an internationally-recognized research program, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and extension/outreach, significant administrative experience and visionary leadership experience. The position requires a Ph.D. in social or behavioral sciences with a record of distinction in research, teaching, and service. 

ALEC is one of 14 academic departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Department has four bachelor’s, two master’s, and one doctoral degree programs with an approximate enrollment of 1,300 undergraduates and 150 graduate students. ALEC includes the Organizational Development Unit of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service supporting 500+ county Extension agents and 200 specialists in 250 county offices and 13 regional Research and Extension Centers statewide. For more information, see

Applicants should submit: 1) a letter of application; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of vision for the department, specifically addressing education, research, extension, and diversity and climate; 4) a research statement describing your research program and evidence of its impact; and 5) contact information for five references. Applications should be emailed to Search Advisory Committee Chair, Ben Wu, at [email protected]. Review of applications begins on January 14, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available to begin on June 1, 2019. 

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. Texas A&M University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and having policies that contribute to work-life balance. For more information, visit or


Posted 11/14/2018

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Family, Consumer & Health Sciences Extension Assistant/Associate AREA Agent Position description 

Departmental Unit: Coconino (1553)
Programmatic Area Assignment: Mohave County (20%)
Position title: Family, Consumer & Health Sciences
Position Rank: Assistant/Associate

Strategic Plan Program Areas:
Children, Youth, Families, and Community: 50 %
Human Nutrition, Health and Food Safety: 50 %
Activity Distribution: Extension Programming: 100%

Nature and Purpose of the Position:
The position of the Family, Consumer and Health Science Area Agent is to develop and deliver research-based education to families and individuals across Coconino and Mohave Counties to increase problem solving effectiveness for improved quality of life. The position is responsible for developing, securing resources, and delivering education programs which address priority needs of county families, youth, and children using state and national initiatives. Position responsibilities will focus on the strengthening of families, parenting, early childhood, health promotion, disease prevention, and food safety. 

Using community needs and assessment data, the Agent develops and conducts programs which address priority needs. The Agent assists adults and families by building coalitions with community groups, agencies, and other organizations. The Agent will promote, organize, train, and direct professional staff, paraprofessional staff, and volunteers needed to carry out Extension programs in the counties assigned under the guidelines of Arizona Cooperative Extension, including affirmative action and civil rights requirements. The Agent will work collaboratively with agencies and other partners in the counties of assignment and seek funding to implement and expand programming when needed. This expansion may occur through a combination of research projects and grants of which the agent is expected to be an active participant in the counties served and statewide. The Agent helps to plan and assist in subject matter training for staff and volunteers, and may be called upon to serve on statewide committees and otherwise contribute to other Extension, College, and University programs and activities. The Agent stays current in subject matter areas by attending professional development conferences and in-service trainings. In addition, the Agent supervises program and staff assistants currently in Coconino and Mohave County (SNAP-ED and First Things First) and future grant and contract funded programs.

This position includes 20% area responsibilities in Mohave County. Other responsibilities may be deemed necessary and assigned by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and/or Cooperative Extension Administration.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

A.  Program Development

  1. Conduct a systematic analysis of national, Arizona, and county data, local resources, and historical information in order to identify community assets, program needs, and teaching opportunities.
  2. Identify resources (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, etc.) to develop and enhance programs.
  3. In cooperation with community groups, local leaders, Extension advisory groups, and other Extension professionals, develop an annual Plan of Work.
  4. Consult with Extension faculty and other experts in the development of educational programs, applied research, and scholarly works.

B.  Program Implementation

  1. Conduct creative programming and utilize new technology, which may include problem solving research, to address priority needs of the target audiences.
  2. Participate in statewide working groups to develop new and creative programming efforts.
  3. Prepare educational material, evaluation instruments, teaching materials and publicity information in support of state, county, and community initiatives.
  4. Function as a resource for other agencies and organizations. Promote interaction and cooperation among various groups.
  5. Disseminate educational materials through countywide and/or multi-county events, workshops, websites, newsletters and other mass media methods, use of volunteers, and other methods.
  6. Provide for recruitment, training and recognition of volunteers and assist them in the conduct of educational programs as appropriate.
  7. Promote communication and teamwork with county and state Extension, other faculty and youth professionals.

C. Program Results

  1. Evaluate and document results and impacts of educational programs on clientele.
  2. Communicate program results to both professional peers and clientele through periodic reports, scholarly works, and various types of publications (e.g., bulletins/fact sheets, popular articles, state publications, scientific articles, social media, video, and computer programs).

D.  Professionalism

  1. Maintain professional competence through study, participation in professional activities and the application of knowledge and skills on the job.
  2. Maintain high ethical and professional standards, and is loyal to Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona.
  3. Promote public understanding and support for Extension and University programs.
  4. Perform as a collegial member of Arizona Cooperative.

Lines of Responsibility:
This position is administratively and programmatically responsible to the County Extension Director, Associate Director of Programs, and the Director of Extension. These Extension programs are developed under the guidelines and policies of Arizona Cooperative Extension, including Affirmative Action and Civil Rights. Additional responsibilities may be deemed necessary and assigned by the College and/or Extension Administration. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  1. Excellent administrative and program management skills
  2. Knowledge of pertinent guidelines and policies
  3. Maintains professional competence through study, participation in professional activities and the application of knowledge and skills on the job.
  4. Maintains high ethical and professional standards.
  5. Promotes public understanding and support for Extension and University programs. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Master’s Degree in or in field related to family, consumer, nutritional, and/or health sciences.
  2. Must possess a valid driver’s license upon employment, provide own transportation, be able to travel statewide, and perform activities associated with conducting programs. Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. Two years or more of applicable professional experience in Extension or family programs.
  2. Experience planning programs and working in diverse communities.
  3. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding.
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  5. Experience in collaboration and relationship building.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Posted 11/12/2018

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

POSITION:  Nine-month, full-time (60% research, 40% Extension), benefits-eligible, tenure-track position. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information, visit  To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit 

Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Substance Use and Family Health. The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) seeks an outstanding applied research scholar with expertise in health as it relates to substance use and family processes. Preference will be given to candidates who focus on the prevention of substance use and opioid addiction among individuals across the lifespan, and who address family processes in the context of urban, suburban, or rural communities.  We prefer candidates with expertise in advanced quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, community- or school-based approaches to data collection and analysis, and expertise in developing and evaluating community-based education, prevention or intervention programs related to physical and mental health.  The successful candidate will establish or continue an active research program and contribute to Extension efforts in outreach and community engagement by collaborating with a network of field-based Extension Educators. The candidate also will be expected to seek collaborations with other HDFS and University of Illinois faculty, and obtain external funding. The candidate may teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor the research of graduate and undergraduate students.

All candidates must hold a PH.D. in HDFS, sociology, prevention science, public health, psychology, or related field.  Candidates should show potential for a strong applied research and outreach program in their area of specialization, and have completed their degree before the start date of the appointment.  Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Position begins August 16th, 2019. Applications received by December 15, 2018 will receive priority.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date.  The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.  For further information regarding this position, please visit our web page, or contact Dr. Aaron Ebata, Search Committee Chair, at (217)333-2912, email:  [email protected]. To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, research and teaching statement, two representative publications, and names and contact information of three references to

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