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Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2019
Title Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date August 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Home Economics/Consumer Sciences
    Family Studies/Child Development
    Human Development

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northern Illinois University seeks applications for an anticipated 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in Human Development and Family Sciences, to begin August 2020.

The position is housed in the area of Family and Child Studies of the School of Family, and Consumer Sciences. The School has 15 full-time faculty members and three supportive professional staff and offers three undergraduate and one Master’s degrees ( Northern Illinois University is a Doctoral/Research extensive university with a diverse student body of over 21,000, located 65 miles west of Chicago.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in family relations that promote family wellbeing through prevention and intervention in the context of family and human development across the life span.
  • Maintain an active program of applied research and scholarship, and direct theses.
  • Participate in in school and university committee work including curriculum, program development and assessment, and advocate for Human Development and Family Sciences-related professions regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Be able to positively contribute to the needs of the diverse student body of NIU.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate by the time of appointment in the area of human development and family sciences or closely related field. Applicants who have not completed their doctoral program must include documentation indicating the likelihood of completion by August 2020.
  • University-level teaching experience;
  • Demonstrated established record of scholarship or potential for, scholarship leading to publications and external funding.
  • Demonstrated commitment for cross-disciplinary collaboration and program development.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with record of scholarly publications, university-level teaching experience, graduation from one COAMFTE accredited program, success in grant writing and/or securing external funding.

Application Process
Preference will be given to applications received by November 5, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled. Applicants must apply online at and upload the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • List of three current references with contact information
  • Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

Questions regarding the search can be directed to Dr. Sherry Fang, HDFS Search Committee Chair at or at 815-753-6332.

Salary based on experience.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

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