Position Announcement

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University seeks applicants with research interests and expertise in early childhood that relate to parenting, family systems, risk, poverty and/or developmental outcomes for young children. Strong candidates with interests in areas related to health disparities, gene and environmental influences in early development, family stress/trauma, prevention and early intervention, and public policy will also be considered.


In line with TTU’s strategic priorities, applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Human Development, Family Studies or a related discipline such as, Psychology, Sociology, or Education.

Strong candidates will also demonstrate past success and/or potential for future success in meeting the responsibilities of the position. These include: conducting research and obtaining external funding; teaching and mentoring undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree students; providing service to the department, the university and the discipline; and outreach to the community.

About the Department and University

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary research department with strong graduate and undergraduate programs focused on individual development across the life course, family structure, and family dynamics. The Department is a unit of the College of Human Sciences, and is one of the largest units on the Texas Tech campus. It serves approximately 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students, and offers Master’s and doctoral degrees. Texas Tech University hosts several institutes, centers, and programs that may enhance candidates’ research productivity, including Early Head Start, East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood, Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis & Policy, and the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research. The HDFS department is the home of two state-of-the-art facilities: the Child Development Research Center ( and the Iva Lea Barton Research Suite ( In addition, Texas Tech University houses the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics which offers instrumentation, support and training in various aspects of modern biotechnology, including nextgen sequencing, bioinformatics, and functional genomics. Texas Tech University is also home to the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute ( which houses a state-of the-art Siemens 3T fMRI scanner.

Texas Tech is one of the state’s major universities (36,000 students) consisting of 10 colleges, the Graduate School, and the School of Law. Located on the same campus, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center includes the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health. Texas Tech is located in the West Texas High Plains city of Lubbock (population 230,000), which has excellent medical facilities, a low cost of living, and a semi-arid, sunny, and mild climate. Lubbock is within driving distance of Dallas, Austin, Santa Fe and other major metropolitan cities.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

To Apply for this Position

Ensure the following documents are attached to your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Research Statement
4. Teaching Philosophy
5. Three letters of recommendation
6. Two recent & representative publications

Questions about this position should be directed to Sybil Hart, Ph.D. Search Committee Chair,

Assistance with the application process is available from Human Resources, Talent Acquisition at or 806-742-3851.

Application Process

Initial review of applications for this position will begin as early as November 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, please complete an online application at Requisition #8840BR
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