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Assistant Professor in Child Development
Post Date: 11/18/2020
Close Date: 01/04/2021
North Dakota State University

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$50,000 - $69,999

Fargo, ND

Job Description:
Position Description & Details:

North Dakota State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Science invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant professor, with a focus area in child development to begin in August 2021. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Support associated with the position may include start-up funds, graduate assistantships, course buyouts, or summer research support.


The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research, teaching, and outreach that contributes to the mission of the department. Specific responsibilities include:

Maintain a strong program of scholarly research related to child development (e.g., infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, middle childhood).
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in child development (two courses per semester).
Advise undergraduates and mentor graduate students.
Participate in professional service activities and outreach.
Contribute to department governance and foster a professional and collaborative environment within the department, university, and larger community.

Applicant Materials Required:

Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2020; applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. To apply, submit via the NDSU Human Resources website (www.ndsu.edu/employment) a letter of application, transcripts, curriculum vitae, description of research program, statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references, addressed to:

Beth Blodgett Salafia, Ph.D.

Chair, HDFS Child Development Position Search Committee

North Dakota State University Department 2615

PO Box 6050

Fargo, ND 58108-6050


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science (www.ndsu.edu/hdfs) is a collegial environment that includes 15 full-time faculty, approximately 600 undergraduates, and 25 graduate students. The Department offers an undergraduate degree with emphases in child and adolescent development, family science, adult development and aging, as well as dual degree collaborations with elementary education and social work; a master’s degree with emphases in family financial planning, gerontology, and youth development; and a doctoral degree in developmental science.

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made Livability.com’s top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.
No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran’s Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate with a child development focus (by August 2021) in HDFS, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Science, or a closely related discipline.
An active program of research in child development. The specific area is open, but candidates focusing on cognitive development, atypical development, or applied contexts are especially encouraged to apply.
Evidence of effective independent instruction.
Evidence of potential to publish research and secure external funding.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusiveness.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Effective interpersonal skills, including ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

An established record of high-quality research publications.
Evidence of high-quality instruction, advising, and mentoring of students.
Experience with online instruction.
Sophisticated understanding of multiple research and statistical methods.

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