Assistant/Associate Professor

Michigan State University in Michigan

Deadline February 15, 2014
Date Posted January 10, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, seeks an outstanding scholar to join the faculty.  The scholar will be closely affiliated with the departments Early Childhood Development area, and will have an applied research focus, with direct linkages to the departments Child Development Laboratory (CDL) schools.  The position will also be strongly linked to Michigan State Universitys Research in Autism and Intellectual/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) Initiative—an initiative that includes collaborations focused on the prevention and treatment of persons with autism and intellectual disabilities across the College of Social Science, the College of Education, the College of Human Medicine, and the College of Engineering.  Desired areas of expertise include but are not limited to early childhood language and literacy development, early childhood social-emotional development, professional development of early childhood educators or other providers working with young children with disabilities in educational settings, and the development, testing and evaluation of innovative technologies to assist children with autism and other intellectual/neurodevelopmental disabilities and their caregivers in optimal functioning and quality of life.  Candidates at the level of assistant or associate professor are encouraged to apply, with preference for an established scholar.

The candidates responsibilities will include:  building and sustaining an active program of scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and presentations; acquiring external funding from Federal granting agencies to support their program of research; teaching, mentoring and advising graduate students; teaching undergraduate students; and participating in department, college, and university governance activities.



  • An earned doctorate in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Child Development, Human Development & Family Studies, Developmental Psychology, Ph.D. or Ed.D. or related field
  • A promising record of scholarly publications and granting potential
  • A strong commitment to externally funded research and excellence in teaching




  • Experience in acquiring and administering grants or strong potential to be successful in acquiring external funding
  • An interest in relating to the programs and research at the MSU Child Development Laboratory schools
  • Commitment to working with cross-disciplinary research teams
  • Dedication to mentoring and teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level for students who are preparing for careers in research and/or practice and curriculum


Appointment: This is a 9-month tenure-stream position beginning August 16, 2014. Salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Michigan State University offers an excellent selection of benefits; please see for more information. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, Veterans, and persons with disabilities.


Application Procedure: Inquiries can be directed to the Search Committee Chair:  Holly Brophy-Herb,, (Tel:  517-355-3397).  Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae describing career experience along with a letter describing qualifications and interest in the position, a description of their program of research, teaching, and supervision philosophy, as well as a reflection on their fit with the department, college, and university. In addition, candidates should supply contact information for three references. Electronic submission is required and materials should be uploaded at, referencing position 8878. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

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