Assistant Professor, CLA-3329

Assistant Professor

Department of Family Studies and Community Development

College of Liberal Arts




The College of Liberal Arts invites applicants for a full-time 10-month tenure track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development beginning August 2020.



Doctoral degree in family science or related field. [ABD applicants with on-going progress will be considered, if all degree requirements are complete by February 1, 2021.] Strong commitment to excellence in teaching. Demonstrated success or potential to teach family science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Demonstrate the potential to develop a strong body of scholarship. Applicants whose work emphasizes an interest in innovative teaching for an inclusive and diverse student body are particularly encouraged to apply.  We are especially interested in applicants who are committed to working in an interdisciplinary academic environment.



Faculty will be assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year, the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven (7) course units per academic year. Undergraduate advising is part of teaching responsibilities.  Scholarly research productivity and service to the department, college, and university are expected. Faculty may teach on campus and at an external location (Towson University in Northeastern Maryland). Additional duties based upon applicant qualifications and departmental needs may be assigned.


The Department:

The Department of Family Studies and Community Development provides multidisciplinary undergraduate learning opportunities through majors in family and human services and family science. In the human services major, students select one of four tracks to focus their studies; services for children and youth, human services, nonprofit leadership, or introduction to child life. The internship/service-learning program has a distinct focus on community engagement, which serve to link the academic unit to the metropolitan community while enhancing student learning. The department also offers two graduate programs, one leading to a master’s degree in Child Life, Administration, and Family Collaboration and the other leading to a master’s in Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Services. In addition, we offer post baccalaureate certificates in Family-Professional Collaboration, Jewish Communal Services and Jewish Education. 


Towson University

About TU

Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process

Review of applications begins January 6, 2020 and continues until the position is filled. Electronic submissions are welcomed and encouraged. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest stating area of research specialization, philosophy of teaching, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, and three signed letters of recommendation to

Dr. Darnell Morris Compton, Chair, Search Committee

Department of Family Studies and Community Development

Towson University

8000 York Road

Towson, MD 21252


A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is CLA-3329.

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Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.