Oklahoma State University seeks candidates eligible for appointment as a tenured full Professor and Head (12-month appointment) in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to embody and convey the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and extension to varying audiences and be a strong advocate for all aspects of the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for the Department of Human Development and Family Science.
  • Provide visionary leadership.
  • Work effectively and collegially with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to departmental faculty members to aid in their professional development.
  • Facilitate the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Promote life-enhancing research.
  • Foster inspirational teaching and learning.
  • Cultivate empowerment in Extension education and community engagement.
  • Possess an understanding and appreciation for the mission of land-grant institutions like Oklahoma State University.
  • Exemplify the value of inclusiveness, multicultural competencies, and social justice.
  • Serve as liaison and advocate for the Department of Human Development and Family Science to the administrative team of the College of Education and Human Sciences in support of mission goals and strategies.
  • Represent the Department to state and federal agencies, private organizations, partners and collaborators, and key industry groups.
  • Provide leadership for acquisition of internal and external resources to enhance the departmental mission.

A review of applications will commence August 2, 2021, with applications accepted until the position is filled. The position begins January 10, 2022.

Required Qualifications: The position requires a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, and/or related discipline with a strong record of promoting high quality teaching, research, and/or extension/community engagement; demonstrated effective leadership and management of multidisciplinary programs and people; possess a thorough understanding and appreciation of the land grant mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science, and creating a departmental culture wherein diverse faculty, staff, and students thrive. The successful candidate will possess a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as social justice; proven leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders and exhibit the ability to increase national and international prominence.

Other Requirements or Factors: Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon a third party agency’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures.

Salary: Along with a competitive employee benefit package, the salary is commensurate with candidate qualifications and experience. For more benefit information, see: http://hr.okstate.edu/benefits

Application Process: Applicants should go to https://okstate.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=8&id=9439 and submit the following: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a brief (no more than 1 page) description of administrative philosophy and goals for the Department, specifically addressing faculty mentoring; the ability to foster academic, research, and extension/community engagement programs across multiple disciplines; how the applicant would advance the goal of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and how the candidate would be an effective advocate for the Department; and 4) list e-mail, telephone, position, and mailing addresses for at least three (3) references. Priority will be given to application materials received by August 2, 2021. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Send queries, nominations and questions via e-mail to:
Attn: Dr. Lynn M. Boorady, Chair of Search Committee
Department Head and Professor
Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising
431 Nancy Randolph Davis
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 405-744-5049

About the Department: As an academic unit of the College of Education and Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University, the Department of Human Development and Family Science has a diverse and dynamic mission with 27 faculty and 36 staff members across two campuses, Stillwater and Tulsa. The department focuses on strengthening relationships and empowering people across the life-span. We seek to better understand how to help children and adults with their relationships, to prepare students to become professionals in the field, and to equip community organizations with the best practice recommendations from research. Our faculty, staff, students, and graduates are caring, committed professionals with a passion for changing the world.

Centers: Center for Family Resilience (Tulsa), Center for Public Life (Tulsa), Center for Family Services, Cleo L. Craig Child Development Lab, Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and the newly formed National Institute for Immigrant Health and Education (NIIH).

Academic Programs: The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees within the disciplines of human development and family science, 388 undergraduate and 98 graduate students were enrolled in Fall 2020. Our programs produce leaders for industry, academic, and public school education positions through undergraduate and graduate programs, internships, and experiential learning activities.

Research: The department's expert faculty conduct internationally- and nationally-recognized research focused on promoting the well-being, health, and healthy relationships of individuals, families, and communities across Oklahoma and the nation.

Instruction: The Department’s expert faculty provide high-quality instruction to promote student success. Our undergraduate programs offer service learning, internship and practicum opportunities. We develop competent professionals with the knowledge and resources to improve the relationships of families and communities in Oklahoma and globally.

Extension: Department state specialists provide education to OSU Extension educators in all 77 counties to improve the health, wellbeing, and financial skills of the people in Oklahoma. Additionally, department faculty and students are engaged with local communities throughout the state.

About the University: Oklahoma State University, an R1 land-grant institution (ranked 114th by NSF in Fall 2017) committed to strengthening its diversity, equity and inclusion. Enrollment at OSU-Stillwater is approximately 23,000 students; the College of Education and Human Sciences includes 7 academic units, 172 faculty, and nearly 200 full-time staff.

About the Community: The University is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is a micropolitan community of approximately 49,000 people with high-quality amenities and a comparably low cost of living. Oklahoma City and Tulsa are within a 1-hour drive, and cities such as Fayetteville, AR, Joplin, MO, and Wichita, KS are within a comfortable 2-3-hour drive time of Stillwater. In addition to excellent healthcare, education (public and private primary and secondary schools), and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art, and theatre.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.  For more information, visit https://eeo.okstate.edu.