[CogSci] Department Head Position in Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech

Koeun Choi koeun at vt.edu
Fri Nov 4 07:18:45 PDT 2022

*Department Head – Professor/Associate Professor*

*Department of Human Development and Family Science*

*College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences*

*Virginia Tech*

*(Job Number: **522479*

The Department of Human Development and Family Science
in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
<https://liberalarts.vt.edu/> at Virginia Tech, invites nominations and
applications for the position of Department Head at the rank of Professor
or advanced Associate Professor. This full-time, twelve-month position will
begin July 1, 2023. Our highly ranked department is nationally recognized
for its high impact scholarship, teaching, and community engagement.

We seek a dynamic, engaged, and inclusive leader who will advance ongoing
innovations in departmental programs by advocating for departmental
resources; guiding program and curricular development; and fostering
faculty, student, and staff development and success. The department head is
expected to facilitate advancements in the department’s transdisciplinary
research endeavors and external grant portfolio. To achieve these goals,
the department head must have excellent organizational, management, and
communication skills. Additionally, the department head is expected to
fully embrace and advance Virginia Tech’s aspirations for diverse and
inclusive communities
This position does not entail compulsory teaching responsibilities.

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science
to understand and improve the lives of people of all ages in relationships,
families, organizations, and communities through education, research, and
engagement. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Human
Development and Childhood Pre-Education. These programs have a strong
commitment to engaged, experiential learning through field studies and
service learning. The doctoral program includes specialization in Adult
Development and Aging, Child and Adolescent Development, Family Science,
and Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, the department is home to
three centers that support our educational, research, and community service
goals, including the Child Development Center for Learning and Research
<https://cdclr.hdfs.vt.edu/>, the Engagement Center for Creative Aging
<https://ads.hdfs.vt.edu/>, and the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2022, and continue until
the position is filled. The preferred start date is July 1, 2023.
Applications, consisting of a substantial cover letter, a curriculum vitae,
and contact information for three references, should be via
www.jobs.vt.edu (Job
Number: 522479
The cover letter should present the applicant’s qualifications;
administrative philosophy and experience; leadership abilities and
accomplishments; and experience in research, teaching, and engagement. The
letter should also provide tangible evidence of contributing to a diverse
and equitable scholarly environment through research, teaching and/or
service. Address questions to Dr. Laura P. Sands, Search Committee Chair,
at lsands at vt.edu <mdolbinm at vt.edu> or 540-231-9634. The successful
candidate will be required to complete a criminal background check.

*Minimum Qualifications:*

   - An earned doctorate in Human Development and Family Science or closely
   related field.
   - A record of distinguished publications, teaching, advising, and other
   professional accomplishments that are commensurate with the rank of
   Professor or advanced Associate Professor with tenure in HDFS at Virginia
   - Prior evidence of successful leadership in an academic or closely
   related setting.
   - Evidence of tangible contributions to a diverse and equitable
   scholarly environment through research, teaching and/or service.

*Preferred Qualifications and Experience:*

   - Evidence of collegial leadership, transparent decision making, and
   equitable management of persons with varying skills and areas of expertise.
   - Prior experience leading efforts to evaluate and improve
   organizational processes.
   - Experience in managing budgets within a multifaceted organization.
   - A prominent reputation as a researcher with external funding and
   grants management in areas relevant to the department.


   - Identify and pursue resources necessary to enhance departmental
   research, teaching, and engagement goals including support for the
   departmental centers.
   - Enhance the department’s transdisciplinary research portfolio through
   collaboration with directors of university research centers and institutes.
   - Manage the budget of the department and its centers.
   - Promote and advocate for the department within Virginia Tech and
   - Facilitate departmental self-governance.
   - Facilitate faculty success in all areas of their work, including
   guiding them through the tenure and promotion process.
   - Supervise departmental staff and support their professional
   - Develop initiatives and resources for recruitment, retention, and
   success of undergraduate and graduate students.
   - Foster and sustain an academic environment that prioritizes diversity,
   equity, inclusion, and collaboration among faculty members, staff members,
   and students.
   - Occasional travel to national conferences relevant to the research,
   teaching, and service components of their role as Head of the department.

Virginia Tech <https://www.vt.edu/> is a comprehensive land-grant
university whose education, research, and outreach initiatives are guided
by its motto, *Ut Prosim *(That I may serve). Globally recognized for its
innovative approaches to addressing the challenges and opportunities of our
rapidly changing world, Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 and is ranked as
a Top 25 Public University by *U.S. News & World Report. *Due to its strong
commitment to addressing large-scale research opportunities by crossing
traditional disciplinary lines, Virginia Tech’s annual research portfolio
exceeds $500 million in research expenditures. With its main campus is
in Blacksburg,
Virginia <https://stepintoblacksburg.org/>, and its medical school in
nearby Roanoke, Virginia Tech’s many research centers and institutes
provide research support to department faculty, including the Institute for
Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE) <https://www.isce.vt.edu/>, the Fralin
Biomedical Research Institute at VTC <https://fbri.vtc.vt.edu/>, and many

The Department of Human Development and Family Science is dedicated to
InclusiveVT <http://inclusive.vt.edu/> and affirms the Virginia Tech
Principles of Community <https://www.vt.edu/principles-of-community.html>.
We fully embrace Virginia Tech’s aspirational goal of diverse and inclusive
communities. To contribute to the equitable inclusion and just engagement
of the world’s communities through collaboration and partnerships, we value
the educational benefits of diverse ideas, peoples, and cultures. We
therefore seek a broad spectrum of candidates and encourage applications
from members of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or
applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including
pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic
information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual
orientation, or military status; or otherwise discriminate against
employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their
compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any
other basis protected by law. If you are an individual with a disability
and desire an accommodation, please contact Heather Webster: (540)
231-9165, Email: hwebster at vt.edu.

Koeun Choi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Human Development & Family Science | Virginia Tech
305 Wallace Hall | 295 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5720 | koeun at vt.edu
Cognitive Developmental Science (CoDeS) Lab <http://kchoi.org/>
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