Human Development and Family Studies News

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, seeks an outstanding scholar to join the faculty as Assistant Professor. The scholar will be closely affiliated with the department’s Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity (LHDFD) area, with strong support from federally-funded faculty within other areas in the department that address gender-based violence. The position will also be strongly linked to, and collaborations expected with, Michigan State University’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (RCGV)—a university-wide initiative that includes social justice-oriented research collaborations focused on the assessment, prevention and response to gender-based violence among individuals, families, and communities, involving scholars from the College of Social Science, the College of Law, the College of Human Medicine, and the College of Nursing. The critical desired area of expertise for the current position includes applied intervention science. Within this prevention intervention framework, skills in applied interventions to prevent gender-based violence and reduce its harmful impacts in the critical transition from adolescence to young adulthood are of high priority. In particular, candidates are desired who expand upon the department’s intervention expertise in preventing gender-based violence, including sexual violence, among adolescents transitioning to young adulthood, such as on college campuses and in residential communities. To facilitate this line of intervention research and to facilitate collaborations across projects in MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence, candidates with strong methodological skills in implementing complex research designs, such as randomized controlled trial implementation, are preferred. A successful candidate will be able to secure extramural funding for research.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• An earned doctorate in Human Development & Family Studies, Public Health, Psychology, Epidemiology, Sociology, Social Work, or related areas at the time of the position start
• A promising record of scholarly publications and granting potential
• A strong commitment to externally funded research
• A strong commitment to excellence in teaching
• A strong commitment to active participation in leading professional organizations focused on prevention science and gender-based violence

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience in acquiring and administering external grants
• A strong interest in relating to the programs and research at Michigan State University’s Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence
• Strong interest in working with cross-disciplinary research teams

APPOINTMENT: This is a 9-month full time tenure-stream position beginning August 16, 2016. Salary for the position is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Inquiries can be direct to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Francisco Villarruel, fvilla@msu.edu (517-432-7298). Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae describing career experience along with a letter describing qualifications and interest in the position, a description of their program of research, teaching, and supervision philosophy, as well as a reflection on their fit with the department, college, and university. In addition, candidates should supply contact information for three references. Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.msu.edu. The posting number for this position is 1284. Application review begins on 10/1/2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Michigan State University offers an excellent selection of benefits; please see www.hr.msu.edu for more information. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, Veterans, and persons with disabilities.

STRENGTHS OF THE HDFS DEPARTMENT:
HDFS is a multi-disciplinary unit with diverse faculty, administratively structured in three areas: Child Development; Couple and Family Therapy; and Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity. HDFS faculty are actively engaged in competitively-funded research, and are national leaders in research and outreach to prevent gender-based violence—including projects that addresses critical risk and resiliency factors in the transition from adolescence to adulthood across diverse populations and cultural adaptation of interventions for diverse populations. Current sources of funding include the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Agriculture, and local, state, and national foundations. HDFS is also home to a number of major endowments. Recent NIH funding in the department in the area of gender-based violence is focused on prevention interventions with underserved populations and with a clear gender-based approach. Other funding and research projects on gender-based violence in the department include assessment and intervention in at-risk adolescents and young adults, and prevention training for school, healthcare, and law enforcement professionals. HDFS faculty are committed to scholarly excellence, with an appreciation for MSU’s land-grant philosophy and an emphasis on community-based applied research. The rich multi-cultural, multi-national student population provides an opulent context for HDFS faculty to practice, teach, and conduct research. For more information please visit http://hdfs.msu.edu/.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University (www.hdfs.msu.edu), is seeking an outstanding junior scholar to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor. We are particularly interested in attracting a colleague whose research interests focus on ethnic-minority families in the United States. This candidate will be closely affiliated with the Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity (LHDFD) area. Ideally, the successful candidate will have a program of research that is centered in culturally informed family processes and dynamics, or racial-ethnic disparities in individual or family wellbeing across the lifespan, with a particular interest in those working in emerging adulthood, adulthood, or aging. Preference will be given to junior scholars with a promising trajectory as indicated by a record of research activity and peer-reviewed publications. A successful candidate will be able to secure extramural funding for research.

Responsibilities: Build a program of nationally recognized research, consistent with the MSU land-grant philosophy and the HDFS commitment to scholarly excellence in community-based applied research. Faculty are expected to work in an inclusive and responsive manner within the vision of excellence in research, teaching, and outreach central to the department, college, and university. The candidate would have the following specific responsibilities:

• Pursue a program of research that significantly and meaningfully integrates culturally informed processes and multicultural perspectives, or addresses racial-ethnic disparities as a central focus
• Build and sustain a vibrant program of scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and extramural funding
• Acquire funding primarily from federal granting agencies to support a program of research
• Teach, mentor, advise graduate students
• Teach and mentor undergraduates
• Participate in departmental, college, and university governance activities

Required Qualifications:

• An earned doctorate in Human Development, Family Studies, Sociology, Family or Community Psychology, Public Health, or a closely related field; Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date
• A record of scholarly publications
• Strong potential to be successful in acquiring external funding
• A strong commitment to outstanding teaching and research
• Demonstrated commitment to teach and mentor students from underrepresented minority groups
• A commitment to conduct ongoing research with underrepresented and diverse groups

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:
• Work that aligns with the department’s signature area of family resilience
• Research that draws from theory and perspectives that are culturally centered, or have been used to address race and racial-ethnic disparities
• Strong quantitative or mixed methods research skills
• Experience in teaching course material related to ethnic-minority families, or diverse developmental trajectories in emerging adulthood, adulthood or aging.

Appointment: This is a 9-month full-time tenure-stream position beginning August 16, 2016. Salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Michigan State University offers an excellent selection of benefits; please see www.hr.msu.edu for more information. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, Veterans, and persons with disabilities.

The Department and University:

Department. HDFS is a multi-disciplinary unit with a diverse faculty of 21 members, more than 500 undergraduate majors, and over 165 advanced degree students, including 55 PhD students. Programs of study are structured into 3 areas: Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity, Child Development, and Couple and Family Therapy. Our programs focus on the development of individuals and families in real-world social and educational settings. Diversity, individual differences ,and contextual influences in human development and family studies are central foci of our programs.
Research. HDFS faculty are actively engaged in competitively-funded research, including projects that address risk and resilience in families and individuals among populations that are ethnically, economically, and transnationally diverse. MSU offers numerous opportunities for early career faculty to acquire internal dollars to support preliminary research leading to external funding. Current sources of external funding with the department include the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Institutes of Educational Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, as well as local, state, and other national funding sources; junior scholars receive strong mentoring support from federally-funded faculty across the department.
University Community. MSU has been described as a world-grant institution owing to our global mission and commitment. The MSU community, nestled within East Lansing and the adjacent capital city of Lansing, offers a lively and versatile context for students and faculty. The multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-national student population and campus community provide a rich and multifaceted context for HDFS faculty to practice, teach, and conduct research. For more information please visit http://hdfs.msu.edu/.
Application Procedure: Inquiries can be directed to the Search Committee Chairs: Dr. Deborah J. Johnson, john1442@msu.edu, (Tel: 517-432-9115) or Dr. Claire D. Vallotton, vallotto@msu.edu (Tel: 517-884-0521). Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae describing career experience along with a letter describing qualifications and interest in the position, a description of their program of research, and teaching experience and philosophy, as well as a reflection on their fit with the department, college, and university. Cover letters from applicants should also include an integrative diversity statement. In addition, candidates should supply up to 3 examples of research and contact information for three references. Electronic submission is required and materials should be uploaded at jobs.msu.edu, referencing position #1448. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2015 and will continue until position is filled.

Dr. Lori Skibbe has been awarded a Special Education Research Grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).  Funding for the project will total approximately $1.6 million over the course of four years.

Dr. Skibbe's team will develop a computerized adaptive test of phonological awareness called the Inventory of Phonological Awareness using Alternative Responses (IPAAR).  Phonological awareness, the explicit awareness of and ability to manipulate the sound structure of language, is a key predictor of later literacy development. Currently there are no standardized, validated tools of phonological awareness suited to meet the needs of children with disabilities that limit their speech production, despite the citical nature of this early literacy skill.  This project will address this gap by developing the IPAAR to assess levels of phonological awareness for a wide range of children with and without disabilities.

The development and evaluation of the IPAAR will occur over the course of three phases and will be administered to approximately 300 children in preschool or early elementary school with speech production difficultites.

Congratulations, Dr. Skibbe!

Erica Rouleau (Doctoral Student) and Dr. Andrea WIttenborn were awarded the "Cutting Edge Research" distinction from over a hundred abstracts accepted for the 2015 Annual American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference. Their work on predictors of development and the course of the therapeutic alliance will be presented in Austin, Texas. Congratulations, Erica and Dr. Wittenborn!

The Child Development Laboratories, in conjunction with Central Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (CMAEYC) and Lansing Community College, hosted the Coming Together for Children conference on February 14th.  Over 400 participants were in attendence.  Laurie Linscott (Director of the CDL), Julie Brower (Assistant Director), and Jen Davis (Head Teacher) sit on the conference planning committee.  The year, nine current and former Child Development majrs served as moderators at the conference.  Head Teachers share their expertises through conference presentations.

To view the presentations, you can go to the CDL site, http://hdfs.msu.edu/cdl/outreach.