Professor and Head of the Department of Child and Family Studies, Fall 2023
The Department of Child and Family Studies
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Salary: Commensurate with experience
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a visionary, strategically-oriented individual to serve as professor and head of the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS). CFS hosts two distinct fields of study: family sciences and early childhood education. The department head is responsible for leadership of all departmental programs and has administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources, and facilities. The department head reports directly to the dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The head serves as a member of the college’s Administrative Council. The successful candidate will provide leadership during a time of significant growth within the department to accomplish the department’s strategic goals and objectives. Additionally, a successful candidate is expected to effectively advocate for the department to external constituencies and the administration within the university; recruit, motivate and strengthen faculty, staff and students; foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and respect; interact with faculty, students, and stakeholders to determine and promote the departmental vision and priorities; cultivate departmental research activity to include external funding; guide the department in its mission related to teaching, research, and service; and have a passion for children, youth, and families along with a commitment to improving the welfare and well-being of communities. The University of Tennessee Knoxville is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
Located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public universities in the country. UTK is a vibrant and diverse urban campus, located in the heart of Knoxville. It is the flagship campus for the UT system and is officially designated as a Research (Very High Research Activity) and Community Engagement University by the Carnegie Foundation. For more information about UTK and Knoxville, please visit: http://www.utk.edu/aboutut/
Applicants should have the following qualifications: earned doctorate in a relevant area of study (e.g., human development; family studies; early childhood education; early childhood special education; psychology; or sociology); previously earned tenure in a higher education institution; qualified for the rank of professor; record of significant accomplishments in research; demonstrated experience with external funding; an excellent record of teaching and mentoring; effective communication and interpersonal skills; experience with fiscal management; and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Experience with strategic planning; values and has the capability to mentor faculty in all aspects of externally-funded scholarship; history of outreach and engagement; and experience with strategic planning and accreditation processes (e.g., teacher education, marriage and family therapy, counselor education).
Our ongoing academic and professional pursuits cover a wide variety of topics in child and family studies, such as community outreach, early childhood education, parenting, youth in political conflict, and nature-based play.We believe the best way to learn is by experience, so the department offers many service-learning, study abroad, and experiential learning opportunities. Students will engage with world-renowned faculty and be able to work in partnership with organizations and institutions from around the worldOur vision is to be nationally and internationally recognized for utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to understand and enhance the well-being of children, youth and families in diverse contexts. We collectively aspire to teaching, research and practice that are socially and scientifically significant. We strive to implement initiatives that foster community engagement, build strengths, and reflect our commitment to be inclusive.