Assistant/Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies

Michigan State University College of Social Science

Assistant/Associate Professor-Tenure System

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Human Development & Family Studies - Css 10038324
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate Professor-Tenure System

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The College of Social Science at Michigan State University has established interdisciplinary areas to extend our faculty’s current expertise and serve the mission of the College of Social Science to transform the human experience and inspire leaders. This specific interdisciplinary area is comprised of three tenure-system positions including this one in Human Development and Family Studies (the other two are in the School of Criminal Justice and the School of Social Work); multiple core and advisory faculty are involved across these departments (website:   The interdisciplinary tenure-system position is expected to strengthen both the faculty member’s tenure home and the interdisciplinary area as a whole. Individual and shared infrastructure and startup support will be provided.

We seek a scholar whose program of research focuses on children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families from diverse racial-ethnic, and/or immigrant backgrounds, aiming to reduce racial/ethnic disparities and increasing access, equity, and opportunities.  Focal populations include underrepresented minoritized and immigrant youth and the individual, family, community, and macro factors that place youth at risk.  Community-based research at the intersection of healthy and positive youth development, within families, juvenile justice, immigration, child welfare, education, or other systems is especially welcome. A successful candidate will have a record of research funding or demonstrate potential to secure research funding, high-impact peer-reviewed publications, evidence of and dedication to mentoring diverse students preparing for careers in research, policy, and/or practice.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Human Development and Family Studies or related field 

Minimum Requirements

  • A successful candidate will have a record of research funding or demonstrate potential to secure research funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and/or the National Institute of Justice.
  • The candidate will have evidence of peer-reviewed publications and the ability to establish community partnerships.
  • In addition to sustaining an active program of scholarship, this faculty will be responsible for teaching and mentoring graduate/undergraduate students and participating in department, college, and university governance activities.
  • The successful candidate should provide evidence of commitment to working with cross-disciplinary research teams and dedication to mentoring diverse students preparing for careers in research, policy, and/or practice.
  • An earned doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Family Science, Couple and Family Therapy, Social Work, Education, Public Health, Criminal Justice, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in mixed methods research, community-engaged research methods, intervention science, and/or policy-relevant research is strongly desired. 

Required Application Materials

Interested applicants must apply for this position at, posting number 719928 and submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research statement
  4. Teaching Statement
  5. Diversity and inclusion statement (include a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence).
  6. Two samples of written work
  7. Complete contact information of 3-5 references

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Department Statement

This is a 9-month tenure-system position beginning August 16, 2022. Salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Michigan State University offers an excellent selection of benefits; please see for more information. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, Veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. MSU is also pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at  

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Aug 3, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 3, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time