University of Connecticut, Human Development and Family Sciences

Position ID:UConn-HDFS-2020290 [#15454, 493801]
Position Title: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Human Development & Family Studies
Cultural Studies
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/11/11, finished 2020/05/27, listed until 2020/05/11)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at the University of Connecticut invites applications for an Open Rank Professor (tenured/tenure-track) position as part of a College-wide cluster hire of three faculty in the area of ethnic/racial health disparities, with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. Examples of areas of specialization within health disparities may include: minority health, social and economic disadvantage, health equity, social and environmental determinants of disease, development and dissemination of population-specific interventions, and policy related to prevention and treatment services. These hires demonstrate UConn's and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The HDFS Department is a highly active center of research, teaching, and public engagement with a strong focus on the wellbeing and healthy development of individuals and families over their life span. The department has 28 full time faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Faculty are located across the state at four campuses where the Department offers the HDFS major: the main campus in Storrs, and three regional campuses. The Department is also home to staff, over 40 graduate students, over 500 undergraduate majors, and over 150 undergraduate minors. The Department is home to the Center for Applied Research in Human Development, the Center for the Study of Culture, Health, and Human Development, the Child Development Laboratories, and the Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. Faculty have opportunities for connections to other research intensive centers and institutes across the University, including the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), the Human Rights Institute, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and the Health Disparities Institute. The University of Connecticut is ranked the best public university in New England and among the top 25 public universities in the U.S.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high quality publications in top-tier venues, externally funded research, and mentoring of graduate students. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will highlight a commitment to equity; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate inclusive experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and/or provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, populations, and intellectual interests.


Doctoral degree completed in Human Development and Family Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, or other relevant discipline by position start date. Teaching experience or demonstrated capacity to teach courses with documentation of a commitment to teaching; a strong record of scholarly productivity in the area of ethnic/racial health disparities; the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the department. Effective communication skills (both written and oral).


Demonstrated history of or potential for external research funding. Experience teaching courses relevant to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion. Demonstrated experience in teaching and/or mentoring a diverse student population. Ability to engage productively with faculty across disciplines.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research and scholarship statement, commitment to diversity statement, writing sample, and any supporting materials. Contact information for three references should be included with your application; however, references will not be contacted without notification of the candidate. Preference will be given to applicants who apply by January 1, 2020; however, screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For more information regarding the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, please visit the department website at For questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Lisa Eaton,

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2020290)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
348 Mansfield Road, U-1058
Storrs, CT 06269-1058