Utah State University

Assistant Professor - Child Development

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/22/2022 12:21 PM)
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Human Development & Family Studies
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Child Development (infancy, early and/or middle childhood). This is a nine-month academic year, tenure-track, full-time benefited position anticipated to begin August 2023.


Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. This position is not eligible for remote work.


Nominations and inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Troy Beckert, (435) 797-1570; troy.beckert@usu.edu).


  • Conduct and publish research in area of expertise.
  • Pursue external funding for research.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Serve on and chair graduate student supervisory committees.
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, community, state, and scholarly discipline as appropriate.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in human development or closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered.
  • Evidence of the ability to develop and maintain a research program that can be supported by extramural funding.
  • Evidence of the ability to be an effective teacher and mentor.
  • Strong methodological and quantitative analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Grant writing experience.
  • Familiarity with distance technologies including web-based education.
  • Cultural competence awareness and expertise.
  • Capacity to foster collaborative activity within the department and across the college and university.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. A curriculum vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"
  2. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course evaluations) to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-10"
  3. Three samples of recent research work to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-10"
  4. Contact information for three academic references to be entered in the Candidate Profile
  5. A cover letter addressing the position qualifications to be typed/pasted at the end of the application under "Cover Letter"
  6. Statement regarding research goals to be typed/pasted at the end of the application under "Research Statement"
  7. Statement regarding philosophy of teaching to be typed/pasted at the end of the application under "Teaching Philosophy"
  8. Statement regarding philosophy of supervision to be typed/pasted at the end of the application under "Leadership Philosophy"

All application materials must be provided through the USU Jobs site.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Department Highlights

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (https://hdfs.usu.edu/) is in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (http://www.cehs.usu.edu). Our college graduate programs are ranked #1 in Utah and #26 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. Departmental degrees offered include:                    


BS/BA: Early Childhood Education (in cooperation with the School of Teacher Education and Leadership); Human Development and Family Studies; Family Life Studies)

MS: (specializations in Adulthood and Aging, Finance, Infancy and Childhood, Marriage and   Family Relations, Marriage and Family Therapy, Youth and Adolescence)

MMFT: Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

MHDFS: Master of Human Development and Family Studies (non-thesis degree)

PhD in Family and Human Development (concentrations in Family Relations; Human Development Across the Lifespan; Marriage and Family Therapy)


A Gerontology Certificate Program is also administered by the department.


The department has 30 faculty members, over 300 undergraduate majors, and

over 80 graduate students. 


College Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is home to eight departments and is committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah. Our programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. The college offers clinical services to the community across the human lifespan and provides students with real-world service and research opportunities.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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