Assistant Professor in Human Development

  • Department of Family & Consumer Studies at the University of Utah
  • The University of Utah, Presidents' Circle, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Jul 15, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

QUALIFICATIONS: The Department of Family & Consumer Studies (FCS) at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin July 2022.  FCS seeks a candidate with training in the area of human development who will strengthen our program’s capacity on infant and child development in diverse ecological contexts. We are especially interested in scholars who integrate cultural, interpersonal, and individual aspects of development and whose work can enhance our department’s interdisciplinary and innovative research on grand challenges affecting children’s optimal development. For example, candidates’ research might examine how social inequities affect infant and child development in low-resource communities; or implementation models that bolster early childhood education or counter toxic stress, or person-context processes (e.g., parenting, teaching, child care) that promote children’s mental health, resilience, and optimal development.  Candidates should have an excellent publication and teaching record, commensurate with experience, and show potential for extramural funding.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the social sciences by the time of appointment.  Successful candidates will be committed to working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and to enhancing undergraduate and graduate education.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, two writing samples or publications, a list of three references, and a statement on the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to  Review of applications will begin October 1st and will continue until the position is filled.  Information about the Department of Family & Consumer Studies can be found at Information on how the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion can be found at  Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Dr. Lori Kowaleski-Jones (

RELATED INFORMATION: Family & Consumer Studies is an interdisciplinary department dedicated to understanding and enhancing the well-being of individuals and the families and communities in which they live.  We examine how the social, economic, political, and physical environments affect families, individuals, and consumers.  The faculty includes scholars from sociology, demography, economics, psychology, family studies, human development, and early childhood education. FCS faculty are involved with the Consortium in Families and Health Research (, which brings together faculty from 11 departments across 5 colleges, the School of Medicine, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the University Neighborhood Partners, and the Utah Population Database. 

The University of Utah is a Carnegie RU/VH Research University and Utah’s flagship university. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities and the PAC-12.  The University is located in beautiful Salt Lake City, which offers an outstanding quality of life in a major metropolitan area of 1.5 million residents, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.  Utah’s great outdoors are close by, offering activities from world class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking in the spectacular surrounding canyons. The city is vibrant and cosmopolitan with theater, the arts, sports, and nightlife. The area has received international recognition for its light rail system, downtown, library system, and increasing diversity. Salt Lake City is home to sizable Latinx and immigrant populations (21.5% and 11.5% of residents, respectively). More than a third of Utah's ethnic/racial minorities are children or youth under the age of 18 years, and the Salt Lake City School District is now a majority minority district, with one in five Salt Lake County residents speaking a language besides English at home. The International Rescue Committee, headquartered in Salt Lake, is one of eight national resettlement committees committed to helping people with refugee status thrive in the United States. Per capita, Salt Lake City has the 11th largest LGBTQ population in the US and, among large US cities, has the highest percentage of same-sex couples (26 percent) raising children.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. (V/TDD), email: