Child Maltreatment - Human Development & Family Studies (Open Rank)

Job Title: Child Maltreatment - Human Development & Family Studies (Open Rank)
Job Number: 40500
Affirmative Action Number: 023-129
Department: Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS)
Work Unit: Health & Human Development
Location: UP
Announce Start Date: 09/16/2013
Closing End Date: 12/31/2013

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS; in the College of Health and Human Development invites applications for an open rank tenure-track or tenured faculty member whose research focuses on the prevention and treatment of child maltreatment, including sexual abuse, violence exposure and other forms of maltreatment.

We are particularly interested in someone with a focus on translational research, specifically, adapting, disseminating and evaluating sustainable treatment modalities and prevention efforts aimed at reducing the risk and prevalence of child maltreatment. Applicants should demonstrate a clear program of research, strong publication record, and the potential to obtain external funding. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as directing theses/dissertations. An earned doctorate in the behavioral or social sciences and the promise of outstanding scholarly accomplishments are required.

Rated by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top developmental science programs in the country, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies administers graduate, undergraduate, and research programs focused on individual development from infancy to old age, on family structure and dynamics, and on the impact of social/cultural contexts on development and family functioning. Two hallmarks of the program’s research and graduate training are a focus on development and application of innovative methods for the analysis of change over time and the design and evaluation of preventive interventions to promote development. The Department`s multidisciplinary faculty includes expertise in development across the life span, social-affective neuroscience, clinical and health psychology, prevention science, family process and intervention, sociology, demography, education, and methodology. The successful candidate would be an affiliate of the Prevention Research Center (PRC;, whose research projects range from etiologic studies to large-scale translation trials, examining how families, schools, and communities can work together to promote healthy lifestyles for children, youth, and families.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, statements of research and teaching interests, a CV, at least three letters of recommendation, and selected (p)reprints to If unable to submit electronically, mail to:

Dr. Jennie Noll
Child Search Committee
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
315 Health and Human Development East
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802.

Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For more information, contact Jennie Noll,

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.