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Assistant Professor of Family Studies, Child and Youth Development

November 30, 2018

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Assistant Professor of Family Studies, Child and Youth Development  


Job Summary

The  Pennsylvania State University Seeks Assistant Professor of Family Studies, Child and Youth Development starting August 15, 2019 or as negotiated.


This is a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a 65% extension and 35% research responsibility.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Develop a nationally and internationally recognized applied research program related to family studies, child, and youth development and related behaviors.
  • The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with BKC staff, provide programmatic support based on his or her research expertise, evaluate outcomes of BKC programming, and conduct applied research in support of its mission.
  • To work in multi-disciplinary teams and secure external funding.
  •  The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the University and community is required.
  • The research activities are expected to support a strong focus on extension and outreach in the same area.
    • The tenure home of the position is the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; however, the position is aligned with Penn State Extension's professional development program for early care and education and youth development professionals, Better Kid Care (




  • A Ph.D. in sociology, family studies, child/youth development, early childhood education, or related social science or human development field is required. 
  • The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date.




  • Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available.



Candidates should upload a letter of application, names and addresses of three professional references, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and official transcripts.




Questions can be directed to
Dr. Ted Alter
Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education,
The Pennsylvania State University 



Review of candidates will begin on January 18, 2019 and remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Apply online here


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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