Department Head - Human Development & Family Studies

Job Number: 40187
Job Title: Department Head - Human Development & Family Studies 
Department: Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Work Unit: Health & Human Development
Campus Location: UP
Affirmative Action#:  023-127

Announce Start Date: 08/15/2013
Closing End Date: 03/31/2014

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at the University Park campus of Penn State invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Head. The successful candidate will be a distinguished senior scholar in an area of lifespan human development and/or family studies, broadly defined, who is committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching; has excellent verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills; has a demonstrated record of administrative effectiveness; and will exert leadership in fostering collaboration and development of the department and its faculty. Prior department heads have maintained an active personal program of research.

HDFS is a top-ranked department that is noted nationally and internationally for its excellence in scholarship, undergraduate and graduate education, and outreach. Its popular undergraduate program is offered in residence and via Penn State’s pioneering on-line World Campus. HDFS’s graduate program was highly ranked by the National Research Council and attracts excellent students. The department focuses on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, neurobiological aspects of human development, family studies, prevention/intervention research, and developmental research methods. The 36 full-time faculty come from diverse backgrounds, including psychology, sociology, neuroscience, education, and applied statistics. HDFS faculty are actively involved in a variety of research centers within the College (e.g., the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging, the Prevention Research Center, the Center for Childhood Obesity Research, and the Methodology Center) and across the University (e.g., the Social Science Research Institute, the Population Research Institute, and the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center). In early 2015, the Department will move into a state of the art new building. For more information about the department, visit the web site:

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is an administrative unit within the College of Health and Human Development. The College enrolls approximately 4,500 undergraduates and 550 full-time graduate students at University Park. The College of Health and Human Development includes eight academic units and six interdisciplinary research centers. For more information about the College, visit the web site:

Founded in 1855, Penn State is Pennsylvania’s only land grant university and has a broad mission of teaching, research and public service. It enrolls approximately 85,000 students at 24 campus locations statewide, and offers instruction in more than 160 baccalaureate and 150 graduate programs. The University Park campus, with an enrollment of some 41,000 students, is Penn State's administrative and research hub. The campus is located in central Pennsylvania, adjacent to the community of State College, which enjoys high rankings for cultural opportunities, local schools, and quality of life. The University is dedicated to the integration of teaching, research, and service, and to the attainment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Penn State’s Dual Career Resources program provides information and assistance to partners and spouses of faculty new to the university. For more information about the university, visit the web site:

Direct inquiries to Dr. David Almeida, chair of the search committee, at (814) 865-2656, or by email at Please indicate “Department Head Search” in subject line of email correspondence. Applications should include a cover letter describing interests and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Informal inquiries are welcome and will be kept confidential. All applications will be held in confidence until finalists are invited to the University Park campus. References will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Send applications to:

Chair, Search Committee for
Department Head, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Attention: Barbara King
College of Health and Human Development
201 Henderson Building
University Park, PA 16802

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.