Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Science

Bowling Green State University

The School of Applied Human Development (formerly the School of Family and Consumer Sciences) invites applications for a full-time (9-month contract), tenure-track, Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Science Program, with a start date of August 2024.

Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) is a student-centered, strengths-based, inclusive, and trauma-informed program that prepares students for careers doing the public good in diverse professional settings. We study the dynamics of family relationships and how our environments shape those relationships. Students learn how to support the healthy development of children and individuals across their lifespans, as well as engage with families through outreach, prevention, and education.

The School of Applied Human Development a multidisciplinary school within the College of Education and Human Development that is dedicated to communicating, advancing, and applying knowledge that fosters the well-being of individuals and families. There are approximately 800 undergraduate majors and minors in the undergraduate programs of Exercise Science, Fashion Merchandising and Product Development, Human Development and Family Science, Interior Design, Sport Management, and Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management; and graduate programs in Athletic Training and Human Movement and Sport. The school is supported by approximately thirty-seven full-time faculty and staff.

The College of Education and Human Development, BGSU’s founding college, is the home to a dynamic and disciplinary diverse group of graduate and undergraduate programs, housed across three academic units: the School of Applied Human Development; the School of Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership, and Foundations; and the School of Inclusive Teacher Education. The College is committed to promoting and supporting a community of inclusion, collaboration, and respect for students, faculty, and staff. A strong sense of community serves as the central tenet for the College’s priorities for integrating professional preparation, leadership and service, experiential learning, and inquiry and innovation in all academic programs and related experiences. The College has extensive partnerships across professional, school, and community settings that facilitate collaboration for student experiences and research opportunities.

As a public university for the public good, Bowling Green State University is a comprehensive, high research university located in northwestern Ohio committed to driving economic and cultural vitality in the region and beyond. Through innovative teaching, research, and creative activities, BGSU fosters a collaborative and inclusive learning community where inspired ideas, knowledge and achievements support the region, state, and nation. Supporting student success and outcomes, more than 760 talented and passionate faculty members teach across all majors, with nearly 80% holding terminal degrees in their field. BGSU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs, 17 doctoral programs, 57 master’s programs and a significant number of certificate programs.

Guided by Forward, the BGSU strategic plan, the University’s research and creative activities have resulted in a significant increase in extramural funding over the past several years. Committed to meeting workforce needs, BGSU is investing in in-demand academic programs. The University recently established a School of Nursing, School of Physical Therapy, School of Engineering, School of the Built Environment, and School of Aviation. As a national leader in innovative partnerships, BGSU provides comprehensive and connected opportunities for its learning community in and out of the classroom. The University established the first-of-its-kind Resort and Attraction Management (RAAM) program in collaboration with Cedar Fair. BGSU also has strategic partnerships in advanced manufacturing, aviation, forensic science, and engineering fields.

For the fourth year in a row, The Wall Street Journal ranks BGSU as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest that students would choose again. BGSU also holds the Wall Street Journal distinction of being the No. 1 university in Ohio – public or private – for student experience.

Essential Functions
Specific Responsibilities:

  • Undergraduate teaching of three (3) undergraduate courses per semester for a total of six (6) for the academic year. The projected course load for this position primarily supports trauma informed and inclusion framework through the following courses:
    • HDFS 2020: Contemporary Marriages and Families: Offered as required pre-requisite for HDFS majors, HDFS minor, and as a BG-P social and behavioral sciences course to the campus community.
    • HDFS 3000-4000 level family courses in a specialty family science area, internal family dynamics, and relationship focused.
  • Develop/sustain research program including publications and presentations.
  • Full range of university and professional service.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in human development, family science, or closely related field. Candidates who are ABD at time of application may be considered. Degree must be conferred prior to appointment in August 2024.
  • Evidence or potential of high-quality university teaching.
  • Evidence or potential of scholarly activities including research, publications, presentations within family science.

Additional Information
Application Materials Required

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three professional references.

Unofficial transcripts of highest degree earned are required for candidates invited for in-person interviews.

Finalist will be required to submit official transcripts.

BGSU policy requires finalist to authorize and pass a background check prior to receiving an offer of employment.

Application Deadline
The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by November 11, 2023.

Salary & Benefits
Competitive and commensurate with candidate’s experience and credentials. Full benefits package available.

Further Information
Dr. Laura Landry Meyer, CLFE, Search Committee Chair, Human Development and Family Science

Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer . We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421 or email

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