Assistant Professor

Michigan State University in Michigan

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 13, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time



Applied Research with Individuals and/or Families Affected by Autism and Intellectual/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities


Department of Human Development & Family Studies


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, seeks a scholar to join the faculty. Michigan State University and HDFS are committed to researchers interested in working in diverse communities and with diverse populations. The scholar will be closely affiliated with the departments Family Resilience and/or Early Childhood Development areas.  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 parenting processes and parent-child relationships in children with autism/ intellectual/ neurodevelopmental disabilities, impacts of disabilities on family functioning and processes highlighting resilience in families, family health and well-being, and the dynamics of families and community systems to promote community inclusion such as workforce development.  Other areas of potential focus include the development, testing and evaluation of innovative interventions to assist individuals with intellectual/neurodevelopmental disabilities and their caregivers in optimal functioning and quality of life.  The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or assistant professor, but faculty with a rank of associate professor will also be considered.

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 Human Development & Family Studies, Developmental      Psychology, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Early Childhood      Special Education, Child Development, Ph.D. or Ed.D. or related field
  • A      commitment to establishing and/or maintaining a promising record of      scholarly publications and granting potential
  • Commitment      to working on applied research with cross-disciplinary research teams      (e.g., CFT Clinic, MSU Child Development Laboratory schools, College of      Medicine)
  • A      strong commitment to excellence in teaching

Appointment: This is a 9-month tenure-stream position beginning August 16, 2015. Salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Inquiries can be direct to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Lori Skibbe, (517-432-2022). 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. Applications must be submitted online at The posting number for this position is 9824. Application review begins 10/17/2014 and will continue until the position is filled. 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.



HDFS is a multi-disciplinary unit with diverse faculty that is administratively structured into three interest areas: Child Development, Couple and Family Therapy, Human Development and Family Diversity (including Youth Development). The department is a participant in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance Youth Development graduate program, with additional online programs in Early Childhood Education (undergraduate) and Family and Community Services (graduate) under development. It also operates the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic under the auspices of the COAMFTE-accredited Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program. HDFS houses the NAEYC-accredited Child Development Laboratories, one of the largest university laboratory school systems in the country, serving 200 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.  HDFS faculty value cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations. Faculty are actively engaged in competitively-funded research and the department is also home to a number of endowments. Current sources of funding include the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, and local, state, and national foundations. HDFS faculty are committed to scholarly excellence with an appreciation for MSUs land-grant philosophy and an emphasis on community-based applied research. The richly multi-cultural, multi-national, student population provides an opulent context for HDFS faculty to practice, teach, and conduct research. Faculty value experience-based learning coupled with the use of modern technology to enhance both in-person and distance learning models. For more information please visit

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