Assistant Professor, Family Processes and Development

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Human Development and Family Studies


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track, assistant professor position to begin August 2018, to fit within the broad departmental core area of Family Processes and Development. Applicants should have a strong background of research and teaching on family process. Specific areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: parent-child, marital, co-parenting, sibling and intergenerational relationships; caregiving and socialization; cultural values and practices; and under-represented, underserved groups. We are interested in scholars who are interested in studying dynamic aspects of the family, particularly in families with children (anywhere from infancy to adolescence), making use of intensive longitudinal methods (e.g., dynamic systems processes, ecological momentary assessments) and those that consider transactional processes across levels of analysis (e.g., biological processes and family dynamics, family-school transactions, family and ecological contexts). A translational emphasis on application of dynamic assessments of the family for family-oriented intervention programs with the potential to inform policymakers is also welcome. Applicants should demonstrate a clear program of research, strong publication record, and the ability to attract external funding. Responsibilities include teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as mentoring students and directing theses/dissertations. An earned doctorate in the behavioral or social sciences and the promise of outstanding scholarly accomplishments are required. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive faculty and are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. Rated by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top developmental science programs in the country, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies administers graduate, undergraduate, and research programs focused on individual development from infancy to old age, on family structure and dynamics, and on the impact of social/cultural contexts on development and family functioning. Two hallmarks of the program’s research and graduate training are a focus on development and application of innovative methods for the analysis of change over time and the design and evaluation of preventive interventions to promote development. The Department`s multidisciplinary faculty includes expertise in child maltreatment, aging and development across the life span, social-affective neuroscience, clinical and health psychology, prevention science, family process and intervention, sociology, demography, education, and methodology. The successful candidate has the option of be an affiliate of the Prevention Research Center (PRC;, whose research projects range from etiologic studies to large-scale translation trials and to examination of how families, schools, and communities can work together to promote healthy lifestyles for children, youth, and families. Additional research resources available include the Biomarker Core Lab (BCL), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI;, the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI;, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC;, the Methodology Center (, the Quantitative Developmental Systems Core (, the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (, the Population Research Institute (, and the Africana Research Institute ( Review of applications and nominations will begin as early as Oct. 15, 2017 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Greg Fosco at Please indicate “Family Search” in the subject line of all email correspondence. In addition to the on-line application, interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and supporting information (e.g., reprints, preprints, letters from three professional references) on-line with the application.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088