Company Name:

Colorado State University


Fort Collins, Colorado

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Chair of Department

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:


Date Posted:

October 8, 2019

Professor and Department Head - Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks engaged, innovative, visionary leaders to apply for the position of Department Head. We are seeking applicants with a proven track record of innovative research, effective teaching and mentorship, meaningful service, inspiring leadership, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, high ethical standards, a strong commitment to enhance diversity and elevate HDFS to the next level of national and international recognition. The appointment is a 12-month, full-time position and is expected to be at the level of Full Professor with tenure.


Leadership within the Department, including development of a shared vision and strategic plan; transparent communication and advocacy within and outside the Department; build and support capacity that will advance education, research, and outreach; stressing the importance of and identifying effective approaches for faculty, staff and student retention, engagement, and satisfaction; encouraging professional development for faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows;

Fiscal Management, including effective and equitable stewardship of resources and budget prioritization; responsible budget management and development of strategic approaches for resource/budget growth including entrepreneurial activities;

Personnel Management, including clear expectations of job duties and performance metrics; development of equitable, high standards in teaching, research and outreach for tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty; development of and involvement in faculty and staff mentorship; commitment to a positive work environment and conflict resolution;

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including avoidance of unintended bias; supporting and promoting a diversity-focused hiring process; commitment to equity when setting salaries, merit, recognition and workloads; adhere to CSU’s principles of community (

Research and Scholarship, including cultivation of an exceptional and interactive intellectual and research climate; develop strategies to promote and support procurement of external funding; maintain active involvement in research and scholarly activities;

Teaching, including involvement in the Department’s teaching mission by occasionally teaching courses, guest lectures and career advice to students.

Required Qualifications:

• Earned Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology or a related field;

• Academic credentials commensurate with a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure;

• Demonstrated record of extramurally funded research;

• Demonstrated record of teaching and mentoring excellence;

• Demonstrated record of administrative and leadership experience;

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as demonstrated by experience with program development, participation in programs or professional development focused on diversity, equity and/or inclusion, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes assessment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience as department head, associate dean or academic program director;

• Demonstrated commitment to maximize faculty, staff, and student professional growth and potential;

• Experience leading the tenure and promotion process;

• Experience with program assessment or accreditation/reaccreditation processes;

• Demonstrated record of effective fundraising and donor relation experience;

• Demonstrated ability to facilitate open and collaborative relationships within and external to a unit.

HDFS is committed to promoting the positive development of individuals, families, and communities through excellence in research, teaching, service, engagement, and outreach. We value inclusive, honest, and critical dialogue in a supportive academic community. Our signature areas of expertise include: risk, resilience, and developmental psychopathology; treatment, intervention, and prevention science; emotion, regulation, and relationship processes; adult development and aging; and cultural context and diversity. These signature areas are currently supported by ~4 million dollars of research funding ( The foundation for all of these pursuits is our belief that the strengths of individuals, families, and communities can be optimized. We consider these values and beliefs to be the foundation of our teaching, research, service, engagement, and outreach. With more than 1100 students in its undergraduate degree programs, the HDFS Department is one of the largest degree conferring departments at Colorado State University. The Master’s of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies offers two specializations: Marriage and Family Therapy and Prevention Science. The Doctoral Program in Applied Developmental Science (ADS) is a state-of-the-art training program in human development, family, and prevention science theory and research from a lifespan ecological perspective. To learn more about the department and the programs above, visit our website .

HDFS is a proud partner with the CSU Extension system ( home to multiple research-based centers and programs including the Early Childhood Center, Prevention Research Center, Center for Family and Couple Therapy, Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center, and Campus Connections

HDFS is committed to the land-grant mission of outreach and engagement. The Department strives to serve the current and future needs of Coloradans by providing educational information, programs, practices, and policies that safeguard health, increase livelihood, and enhance well-being. The Department is housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences, which is comprised of 8 academic units.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Colorado State University offers an excellent selection of benefits.

Application Procedure: Electronically submit in PDF format: a cover letter addressing the responsibilities, required and preferred qualifications of the position; current curriculum vita; statement of leadership philosophy and vision for the department; and, a list of three references with email addresses, and phone numbers to the University website: .

References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates. For full consideration, a complete application must be received by November 11, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

All inquiries regarding the position or the application process should be directed to:

Michael Pagliassotti

Professor and Head

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Colorado State University


Phone: 970-491-1390

Colorado State University, a Carnegie Doctoral Research I University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and dedicated faculty, staff and students. CSU is located 60 miles north of Denver in the city of Fort Collins, which is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with outstanding views of both foothills and 14,000-foot peaks. CSU enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in Fort Collins, with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. To learn more about Colorado State University, go to To learn more about Fort Collins, go to

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

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