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60320000 - AG-FAM YOUTH / COMM SCI

Job Description

Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

The department is seeking a well-qualified candidate to support graduate and undergraduate education and research, including our Ph.D. program in Youth Development and Family Sciences. The candidate must have expertise in prevention science and youth development broadly. Example emphases, though not exhaustive, might include: implementation and dissemination/sustainability of programs or practices that focus on youth in the family, school, or community contexts; prevention science methodology from a developmental (including longitudinal youth development research) or programmatic perspective; cultural adaptations of prevention programs or practices. We are particularly interested in a candidate with expertise in research with marginalized and minoritized populations using methodologies that are culturally responsive, community-informed, and equity focused.

It is expected that the faculty member will engage in a solid research program, publish in scholarly journals, and seek contract and grant funding to actively support their research. The faculty member will also participate in graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and presenting and publishing the results with their graduate students.  

It is expected that the faculty member will also engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including developing and teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for their teaching program, supervising graduate and undergraduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising (e.g., engaging in scholarship of teaching and learning, advising student organizations).  Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations and are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

This 9-month tenure-accruing position will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), and available in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida starting in August 2023. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.

Background Information : 

The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences is an academic unit in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research and Extension education programs.

The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences mission is to enhance lifelong learning and the personal, social, economic and environmental well-being of diverse individuals, families and communities through state-of-the-art Extension, research, and teaching programs.   The department is interdisciplinary and includes 31 faculty from psychology, human development and family science, nonprofit management, public administration, social work, economics, and agriculture, among others, and is located on the Gainesville campus. The department encompasses programs in youth and human development; family science; consumer economics and resource management; community development and sustainability; and human nutrition, food safety, and health. The FYCS academic program has an undergraduate major with enrollment of over 200 students. The department has a total of 125 graduate students enrolled in the master’s degree program and the Ph.D. program in Youth Development and Family Sciences. The unit’s sponsored research and Extension activities have generated in excess of $20 million over the course of the past year. The department engages in collaborative working relationships with Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and other public and private universities both in and out of state.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Human Development and Family Science or a closely related discipline (e.g., Prevention Science, Education, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, or Sociology); a strong program of research; experience applying with evidence or promise in ability to obtain external funding. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral experience; teaching experience in academia; record of extramural funding; experience leading community-university partnerships; experience developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention and/or community-based programs.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by November 15, 2022.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Employment Conditions

This position is available August 15, 2023.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 524177

Kate Fogarty

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences

3014 McCarty Hall D, PO Box 110310

Gainesville, FL 32611-0310

Telephone:                           352-273-3527

Electronic Mail:                       kfogarty@ufl.edu   


Application Information:

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:

  • Brief cover letter that states the applicant’s interest in the position, qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, and how their scholarship is related to research in prevention science with adolescents, emerging adults, and communities
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests and plans for future research productivity
  • Statement of teaching experience, interests, and philosophy
  • Statement on how the candidate will enhance the diversity and inclusivity of our academic community through research, teaching, and service
  • Names of three individuals who can be contacted for recommendations. Letters are required for candidates who receive an interview.
  • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) .

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No


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