Assistant or Associate Professor of Child Development and Healthy Children and Families

Oregon State University - Cascades in Oregon

Deadline January 06, 2014
Date Posted November 26, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Oregon State University-Cascades, and the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Program in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time 9-month tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in research related to child development and healthy children and families. The anticipated start date is September 16 2014, or as arranged. The person in this position is assigned to work at Oregon State University-Cascades, located in Bend, Oregon.


Responsibilities - Conduct research in Child Development consistent with the HDFS program signature areas of risk and resilience across the life span, transitions across the life course, and developmental and family research methods. Demonstrate potential to secure external funds to conduct research on childrens development with a focus on children and families. Teach in undergraduate courses in HDFS, including Research Methods, Program Development and Proposal Writing, and Families, Schools, and Communities, among others. Opportunities to advise graduate students in the HDFS program from the main campus in Corvallis. Work collaboratively with faculty in HDFS and in other units, particularly within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and across the OSU-Cascades campus. Participate in service to the program, School, College and to the profession.


Qualifications - Earned and completed PhD in HDFS, developmental psychology, psychology, sociology or a related field. We are interested in candidates who conduct community-based research in Child Development with an emphasis on context (family, school, and/or community settings), and those who have strengths in one or more of the following areas: development in early childhood, methodology, children's health and well-being, family/parenting, and the importance of community and context. We are also interested in candidates who bridge two or more of our signature research areas as it relates to children and families: risk and resilience across the life span, transitions across the life course, and developmental and family research methods.

Additionally, to be considered:
1) at the level of Assistant Professor: the clear potential for having a strong program of research, securing external funds, evidence of effective teaching, and service to the profession; OR
2) at the level of Associate Professor: evidence and a record of scholarship and external funding.  


The candidate should provide evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills as well as a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.   Relevant post-doctoral experience in child development or related area of research is preferred.

Salary Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Benefits package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement, and tuition reduction program (some restrictions apply). 


OSU-Cascades, located in Bend, is a branch campus of Oregon State University. Established in the fall of 2001, it currently enrolls more than 1,000 students in bachelor's and master's degree programs. Many students take lower-division courses from nearby Central Oregon Community College. The branch campus is planning to expand to a four-year university beginning in fall 2015 and has ambitious enrollment goals to reach 3,000-5,000 students by 2025.

OSU-Cascades is a small, friendly campus, selected by students for its small classes, an intimate environment not found on a larger campus, and because they get to know faculty. The size of the faculty encourages a level of interdisciplinary interaction which far exceeds that normally experienced at a larger institution. Bend, nearly the geographic center of the State, is Central Oregon's most populous city. It is bounded on the east by the High Desert and on the west by the Cascades Mountains, both of which provide a multitude of recreational opportunities.


School and College - The School of Social & Behavioral Health Sciences is one of two schools in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences, the other being the School of Biological & Population Health Sciences. The School is comprised of graduate and undergraduate programs in Human Development and Family Sciences, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, and Health Management and Policy. The Council on Education in Public Health has given approval to the College to pursue becoming an accredited College of Public Health & Human Sciences. The College is located within OSUs Health Sciences Division along with the OSU Colleges of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. Collaborative research across disciplines is fostered within the College and with faculty of other colleges and institutions. Visit our websites for more information about the University (, College (, the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families (, the Center for Healthy Aging Research (, and the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health (


University and Community - OSU is one of only two American universities to hold the Land-, Sea-, Sun-, and Space-Grant designations and is recognized for its very high research activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. OSU is comprised of 11 academic colleges with strengths in natural resources, earth dynamics and sustainability, life sciences, entrepreneurship and the arts and sciences. OSU is Oregons largest public research university, conducting more than 60% of the research funded throughout the states university system. The university has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community. We actively work to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and student body. OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity, and building community.


Nomination and Application - To apply, visit and search for Job#0011625. Applications and nominations should be received by January 6, 2014 for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.  Address questions about the position to: Dennis Lynn, Ph.D., HDFS Program Lead, Search Committee Chair dennis.lynn@osucascades.edu541322.3144 (phone). Address questions about the application to: Anya Petersen-Frey


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