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University of Missouri-Columbia
Human Development and Family Science/4-H Extension
Posted: 01/23/2023
45443 - Volunteerism & Youth-Adult Partnerships Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate or full Professor/ 4-H Extension
In coordination with the University of Missouri Office of Extension and Engagement, the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at the University of Missouri seeks a full-time tenure-track at the Assistant, Associate or full Professor level specializing in volunteerism and youth-adult partnerships. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position between HDFS and MU Extension with the primary appointment being in HDFS. The faculty reports to the HDFS Department Chair with secondary supervision from the Director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development. Successful applicants will demonstrate scholarly activity consistent with the University’s status as an AAU member and a “Very High” Research Productive institution. Faculty will maintain an active and vibrant program of research and engagement in youth-adult partnerships, secure external funding to support such efforts, and support the department through teaching and service. This position provides statewide leadership and strategic planning for the Missouri 4-H initiatives in volunteer development and youth-adult partnerships and will:
  1. Build staff and organizational capacity around volunteer development and management at local and state levels by utilizing research in youth-adult-partnerships to develop and evaluate resources, processes, and systems
  2. Advance knowledge about volunteer development, youth-adult partnerships, and their contribution to meeting the needs of young people
  3. Build the capacity of 4-H youth development professionals and volunteers in creating safe, sustainable, and vibrant learning environments for young people
  4. Foster innovative systems to engage and retain volunteers and prepare them for effective voluntary action in 4-H and in their communities
The faculty will also be responsible for building collaborations between 4-H, Extension, HDFS, and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) to develop programs and resources and to seek external funding. The faculty will also teach one to two courses per year in HDFS in a related area such as youth development, volunteer development, youth-adult partnerships, or program evaluation. These may be associated with our HDFS Undergraduate majors or with the GP-IDEA MA programs in Youth Development and Family and Community Services. The faculty will also complete service for HDFS and MU Extension. RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Maintain an active, externally funded program of research, outreach, and scholarship
  • Utilize principles of volunteer development and positive youth development to ensure educational materials represent rigorous and cutting-edge research, diverse viewpoints, and culturally responsive and respectful approaches
  • Collaborate on program development and evaluation processes to ensure and assess the efficacy of volunteer systems
  • Lead statewide strategic planning to grow, diversify and improve local, regional and state volunteer systems and ensure that effective volunteer recruitment, screening, retention, orientation, training, and recognition systems are in place at all levels
  • Assess staff development needs relating to volunteer leadership and systems management. Design, develop, and coordinate the delivery of training for 4-H youth development professionals who have significant work responsibility for volunteer leadership and systems management
  • Establish strong working relationships and provide guidance to 4-H youth development professionals on issues related to risk management, youth protection, and volunteer conflict management
  • Ensure volunteer compliance with the University of Missouri Extension and 4-H Center for Youth Development safety of minors and risk management policies and Code of Conduct
  • Communicate the value of volunteer systems to stakeholders and serve on state, multi-task, and national Extension work groups to advance volunteer systems and the field
  • Teach one to two courses in Department of Human Development and Family Science per year
  • Advise and provide research supervision to graduate students in Human Development and Family Science and serve on thesis/dissertation committees for students in the department
  • Provide service to the program, department, college, and university
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Remain current on trends and research-based knowledge to effectively create relevant, reliable, and responsive education. Apply this knowledge in scholarly products such as curriculum, in-service training and instruction, articles in professional journals and popular press, presentations at professional meetings, and grant proposals.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge. Demonstrate mastery of core competencies, including subject matter expertise, effective and innovative teaching strategies, program development processes, and integration of new and emerging technology.
  • MU is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.
LEADERSHIP RECEIVED AND EXERCISED The faculty reports to the Department Chair in the Department of Human Development and Family Science with secondary supervision from the Director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development.



  • An earned doctorate in Human Development and Family Science or a related field with course work in a discipline or program related to volunteer development at or within 6 months of the time of appointment.  Relevant coursework in one or more of the following areas: education; organizational systems and human resource management; community development/ partnerships; child, adolescent, and human development; and volunteerism. Equivalent experience will be considered.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Professional experience in designing, conducting, and evaluating educational opportunities for youth and volunteers
  • Ability to apply positive youth development frameworks to volunteerism and youth-adult partnerships, experiential education, and community collaborations
  • Record of scholarly productivity and evidence of public scholarship
  • Success or potential for success as principal investigator on externally funded projects
  • Ability to teach and mentor students and youth development professionals within a youth/lifespan development and family science framework
  • Ability to work collaboratively with department and university colleagues and to engage in community outreach

Application Materials

HOW TO APPLY Upload application materials including a cover letter describing research/ scholarly interests and qualifications, diversity statement, teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, two reprints or preprints of recent manuscripts, and names and contact information for three references (no reference letters are required at this time) to: http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/.  Questions about the online application system are best directed to MU Human Resources at (573) 882-7976. Questions about the position should be addressed to the search committee co-chairs: Drs. Melissa Herzog (herzogm@missouri.edu) and Duane Rudy (rudyd@missouri.edu)

Application Deadline

The start date is negotiable with a preference for start date no later than July 1, 2023. Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Salary is commensurate with experience, and the position includes ongoing supplemental monetary support for scholarly activities.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits Diversity Commitment The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. Equal Employment Opportunity Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-884-2577. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278. EEO IS THE LAW To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Columbia Missouri Information

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system.  It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States.  MU’s broad undergraduate programs and its’ graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students.  MU is centrally located in Columbia, MO, which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities.  MU Extension programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city. The University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension (EXT) and Engagement’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities, and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians including educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business, and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit http://extension.missouri.edu. Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development.  The 4-H Center is located on University of Missouri campus in Columbia.  Missouri 4-H serves more than 70,000 youth around the state using different delivery modes, from Community Clubs to Afterschool and In School programs. The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Department. HDFS joined the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) on July 1, 2021, as the sixth and newest department. Faculty in the department conduct research about child, adolescent, and adult development, diversity and multiculturalism, family and relationship science, health, and family functioning. HDFS offers both undergraduate degrees (BA and BS) and graduate degrees (MA, MS, and PHD) programs, and has a significant presence on campus and within the state through its Extension outreach and services. HDFS is home to two large centers: Center for Family Policy and Research (CFPR) and Child Development Laboratory (CDL). The CFPR offers faculty and students opportunities to work on grant-funded research and intervention projects that directly serve children, families, and communities. The CDL provides childcare for children under six years and serves as a teaching and research laboratory for faculty and students. The Department currently has over $4 million in externally funded grants and contracts. The department has had a successful and historic partnership with MU Youth and Family Extension and helps to build upon these relationships for public scholarship. The city of Columbia, MO. Ranked by the American Institute for Economic Research as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns, Columbia combines small-town comforts, community spirit and a low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Our city of about 120,000 people lies midway between Missouri’s largest metro areas: St. Louis and Kansas City. It is home to nationally recognized public schools including two top-ranked high schools and two other colleges and educational centers. It is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues; home to multiple parks and outdoor recreation sites such as Rock Bridge State Park and the MKT Trail; and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals, such as the True/False Film Festival. Come see why Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World ReportMen’s JournalMSN.com and others have all named Columbia, Missouri one of the best places in the country to live.