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University of Connecticut
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Posted: 09/22/2015
Professor and Department Head of Human Development and Family Studies

Job Posting Title:
Head of the Human Development and Family Studies Department

Job Summary: 

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for Department Head.  The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Professor and will be expected to engage in teaching, research, and service as well as lead this interdisciplinary academic department.

The HDFS Department focuses its teaching, research, and service activities on the well-being and healthy development of individuals and families over the full span of life, including dynamic relations within the family as well as the interactions of individuals and families with other social institutions. The Department is home to the Humphrey Clinic for Individual, Couple and Family Therapy, the Child Development Laboratories (a model early childhood care and education program and early childhood teacher preparation site), the Center for Applied Research in Human Development, the Center for the Study of Culture, Health, and Human Development, and the Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. Faculty are also involved in other centers across the University, including the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

The HDFS Department has 25 full time tenured or tenure-track faculty members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds;  faculty  are located across the state including at the main campus in Storrs, and at regional campuses in Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury, at which the Department offers the HDFS major.  The Department is also home to other teaching and clinical faculty, staff, 60 M.A. and Ph.D. students, and 650 undergraduate majors.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate effective leadership in a diverse community of faculty colleagues, students, and staff professionals, and to be an articulate and vigorous spokesperson for the department’s scientific, translational, and educational missions.

The University of Connecticut is ranked the best public university in New England and among the top 20 public universities in the U.S.  This year’s entering class of undergraduates is the most competitive and diverse in the institution’s history. UConn is entering a transformational period of growth supported by billions in funding dollars from state investments ( and and a bold, new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired hundreds of new faculty at all ranks during the past four years.  We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for the Head of the HDFS Department.


Minimum qualifications: The successful candidate for this position will have: a Ph.D. in HDFS or a related field or equivalent foreign degree; an active distinguished record of publications and achievements in their research specialty; significant and widespread recognition in their field; strong written and oral communication skills; a proven record of excellence in teaching; evidence of relevant administrative experience and managerial skills; and, a commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs. 

Preferred qualifications for this position include: research interests that will strengthen, build or bridge existing programs in HDFS; a collegial style and respect for multi-disciplinary collaboration; a record of attracting and mentoring the highest quality faculty; a record of external grant funding; a record of strengthening undergraduate and graduate programs; a record of expanding interdisciplinary research activities; and, the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Appointment Terms:

This is a full time, 10-month position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2016.  Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.

To apply, visit Husky Hire at to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and vision statements on research, teaching, leadership, and diversity. Contact information for three references should be included with the cover letter; however, references will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate.

Preference will be given to those who apply by November 2, 2015.  Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For more information regarding the Department of HDFS Department, please visit Please  include the search number #2016105 with all correspondence.

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.  In keeping with our commitment to build a culturally diverse community, the University of Connecticut invites applications from women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups.