Position Summary The Department of Consumer Sciences in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Alabama is seeking an Assistant Professor to collaborate with existing faculty to expand undergraduate and graduate programs in one or more of the following areas: consumer affairs, consumer economics, and family financial planning and counseling.
Detailed Position Information The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on campus and online; build and maintain a nationally-recognized research agenda; serve on department, college, and university committees; mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and seek external funding to support both instruction and research.
The successful candidate will have completed a doctoral degree in family resource management, consumer economics, applied economics, housing, or a closely related field prior to employment. The successful candidate will have provided evidence of effective teaching; evidence of either an emerging or established publication record appropriate for position rank; evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational settings; and evidence of involvement with relevant professional organizations. Experience developing and teaching both online and on-campus graduate courses in financial planning, personal finance, consumer economics, or closely related field is desirable. To be hired as an assistant professor, a doctoral degree must be conferred prior to the start date or the offer may be withdrawn.
The department offers a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Sciences where students may select a concentration in either consumer affairs or family financial planning and counseling. Undergraduate students may also earn minors in conflict resolution, personal finance, and digital consumer engagement. The department also offers a master’s degree in Consumer Sciences. Graduate student concentration areas include consumer economics and family financial planning and counseling. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who may teach in two concentration and/or minor areas. The department also offers a graduate certificate in conflict resolution. These degree options are currently pursued by approximately 150 undergraduate majors, 200 minors, and 90 graduate students.
•Teach undergraduate and graduate courses as needed on campus and online. •Establish and maintain a nationally-recognized research program. •Serve on department, college, and university committees. •Recruit, mentor, and advise students undergraduate and graduate students. •Seek external funding to support instruction, service, and/or research.
Minimum Qualifications •Ph.D. in consumer sciences, consumer affairs, family resource management, financial planning, consumer economics, family finance, applied economics, housing, or a closely related field required. •Evidence of the ability to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the consumer science content areas offered by the department. •Evidence of an emerging or established research program in consumer sciences, family resource management, financial planning, financial counseling, or closely-related area. •Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and research settings.
Preferred Qualifications If candidate’s background and training indicate that they would teach courses in our Family Financial Planning and Counseling concentration area, then current CFP® and/or AFC® is preferred.
Instructions and Required Materials for Application Review of applicants will begin immediately, but priority consideration will be given for candidates who have applied by October 6th. A 1/1/24 start date would be welcomed, but an 8/16/24 start date is also possible. Applicants should submit: 1) Cover letter that describes the applicant’s qualifications including evidence of a commitment to further The University of Alabama’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 2) Curriculum vitae. 3) List of three professional references who may be contacted for letters of reference at a later date.
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