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Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies

SUNY Oneonta
Job Location:
Oneonta, 13820-4015
Human Development and Family Studies

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Job Description:

The Department of Human Ecology at the State University of New York at Oneonta invites applications for a position as an Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies beginning Fall 2024. This is a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship, with a reduced teaching expectation, mentoring, research support, and professional development to assist the fellow's development as a teacher-scholar in a comprehensive university setting. It is expected that this position will transition to tenure track after these 2-years, based on performance and campus need. Expectations include, but are not limited to, teaching, research, student advisement, college service, and continuing professional development.

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program is housed in the Department of Human Ecology. The HDFS program enrolls approximately 100 students with a total of 625 students and 22 full-time faculty within the Department of Human Ecology and five within HDFS. Other majors in the department include Fashion & Textiles, Food Service and Restaurant Administration, and Nutrition and Dietetics. Human Development and Family Studies is an approved program for the Certified Family Life Educator credential through the National Council on Family Relations.

The HDFS program uses life span and ecological perspectives to study human development, family dynamics and relationships. Our applied program emphasizes building professional helping skills related to interviewing, assessing, case management, family life education, public policy, and intervention and prevention programming in human service agencies. We are in the process of developing CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) microcredentials and have community partnering with local human service agencies around Direct Support Professionals (DSP) microcredentials. Additionally, we are exploring the creation of an MSW program. To learn more about the University and the Department please visit and

SUNY Oneonta is proud to be a member of the SUNY PRODiG+ ("Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth') Fellowship Consortia, affirming our dedication to increasing the number and share of excellent diverse faculty committed to advancing the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and strengthening the pipeline for retention and support of these faculty. Through these efforts, we aim to enhance the richness of our academic environment and further contribute to the sustained merit of the SUNY system of institutions. Join us on this exciting venture, where excellence meets inclusivity. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching undergraduate HDFS courses including:
    • Helping Skills
    • Addictions
    • Group Work in Human Services
    • Case Management
    • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Advising and mentoring students enrolled in HDFS
  • Participating in the development and assessment of the HDFS program, including a potential MSW
  • Engaging in scholarly, professional and college activities
  • Teaching other courses to meet department needs

Salary: $60,000. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be eligible to work in the United States without a visa sponsorship. 
  • Doctor of Social Work or relevant terminal degree from an accredited institution completed prior to the start date. 
  • Demonstrated personal, academic, and/or work experience engaging with diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or a commitment to facilitating and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the campus community. Such experience may include, but is not limited to, academic/scholarly track record focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; work, volunteer/unpaid/community service; or related experience/expertise in serving underserved or vulnerable areas and/ or populations in application materials.
  • Ability to teach a variety of courses in Human Development and Family Studies, including both introductory and upper division courses that focus on helping skills, case management and ethics of fieldwork.


  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate Human Development and Family Studies courses OR more than two years of college teaching.
  • Applied experience in human service agencies, clinical settings, or elder care.
  • Licensure eligible for clinical work
  • Evidence of scholarship
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in teaching, mentoring, research, or service with diverse and/or multicultural populations.

Preference will be given to: 

  • Current SUNY students, alumni, and/or Fellows.
  • From a low-income background (e.g., Pell-eligible as undergraduates), were first- generation college students (students whose parents have not earned a bachelor's degree), have overcome adversity, are AmeriCorps alumni, or are veterans.

Candidates must submit a response to the following essay prompt, in 750 words or less:

Please describe how you've engaged, facilitated, and/or enhanced diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the campus community. Examples could include personal, academic, and/or work experience and may include, but is not limited to, an academic/scholarly track record focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; work, volunteer/unpaid/ community service; or related experience/ expertise in serving underserved or vulnerable areas and/or populations.

Additional Information:

The PRODiG+ Fellowship is open to any and all prospective candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, or sex, and is consistent with all current governing federal and state nondiscrimination law. All application submissions will be assessed and evaluated in accordance with the required eligibility criteria.

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 70-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

The university is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the 20 Most Picturesque Small Towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture. The university's rating is 4.4, with one recent review noting that the people are what make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the NYS Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse university community. Please visit our website on diversity at: Moreover, the University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. "At SUNY Oneonta, we believe that diversity is an asset and a source of strength that energizes our collective growth and innovation." - President Alberto Cardelle.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: Please upload a 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching philosophy, 4) research statement, 5) copies of transcripts, 6). Essay (see above). Contact information for three references must be provided; instructions for submitting letters of reference will be sent directly to the referees.

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