Assistant Professor- Family Diversity & Human Development


Requisition ID:  11867


Job Summary


Family Diversity and Human Development – Assistant/Associate Professor

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Purdue University invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure track) beginning August 2021. We seek applicants who can contribute to promoting diversity in human development and family science. Ideal candidates would have expertise in one or more of the following areas: ethnic and cultural variations in families and development; the psychosocial experience of vulnerable and culturally diverse populations; disparities in underserved, under-represented populations; immigrant families; and families affected by poverty or other adverse circumstances. Applicants with research experience in adolescence are particularly welcomed. This position would complement existing work being conducted in the department on Latinx families, cross-cultural development, and dual-language learners. This is one of three open positions in the department. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Human Development and Family Studies or a relevant social or health science discipline with a focus on the development of humans and/or families broadly construed (e.g.  African American studies, Anthropology, Education, Latin American Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, etc.).


The successful candidate will be responsible for initiating, conducting, and publishing research, including procuring internal and external funding; mentoring graduate students; and engaging in service at the campus, community, state, and/or national level. We are seeking a faculty member with a strong research program that is capable of attracting external funding. The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses pertaining to diversity, as well as additional courses based on department needs and candidate expertise. Applicants with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply and should highlight this work in their diversity and inclusion statement.


Human Development and Family Studies ( is a multi-disciplinary department located in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The department affords many opportunities to develop interdisciplinary collaborative research. Other research foci in the department include diverse family systems, biological underpinnings of normative and non-normative development and health, advanced methodology, health & well-being, interpersonal relations, and military families. HDFS faculty are involved in a wide range of cross-campus initiatives, including the Center for Aging and the Life Course, Advanced Methods at Purdue, the Purdue Autism Research Center, and the Purdue Policy Research Institute. HDFS maintains spacious and well-equipped research facilities and centers, including the Ben & Maxine Miller Laboratory Preschool, the Military Family Research Institute, the Family Impact Institute, Cooperative Extension, and the Center for Families. HDFS also has a particularly strong relationship with the new Department of Public Health, where several faculty members are faculty associates with key roles in the Master’s and Ph.D. in Public Health program. 

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Purdue University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 

Applications should include a cover letter summarizing research and teaching; a curriculum vitae, a diversity and inclusion statement, up to three representative publications, and three letters of recommendation.  Please have letters of recommendation sent separately from your application directly to .  Review of applications will begin on December 10th and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Sharon Christ (), chair of the search committee. 

A background check will be required for employment in the position. 


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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