University of Alabama — Assistant Professor, Consumer Sciences, RCF

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 consumer conflict resolution. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in person and online; serving on department, college, and university committees; mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; and serving as the Graduate Program Director for a 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution offered in cooperation with The University of Alabama Online.

The Department of Consumer Sciences’ conflict resolution courses serve more than 300 undergraduate and 350 graduate students annually. In these courses, students learn to manage consumer, workplace, and personal conflict through effective communication, emotional intelligence, and cooperative problem solving to enhance communication skills for any workplace. Approximately 18 graduate students are enrolled in the Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate program each year.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate degree in consumer sciences, family and consumer sciences, human environmental sciences, or a closely related discipline; have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in consumer sciences, family and consumer sciences, human environmental sciences, or closely-related discipline; and must be eligible for graduate faculty status at The University of Alabama. The successful candidate will have provided evidence of effective teaching; 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 consumer sciences, conflict resolution, or a closely related area is desirable. A terminal degree must be conferred prior to the start date or the offer may be withdrawn.

The department offers a bachelor’s degree with two concentrations: a) family financial planning and counseling and b) consumer affairs. Undergraduate students may also earn minors in personal finance, conflict resolution, and digital consumer engagement. Graduate student concentration areas include a) family financial planning and counseling and b) consumer economics. The department also offers a graduate certificate in conflict resolution. These degree options are currently pursued by approximately 170 undergraduate majors and 90 graduate students.

Review of applications begins immediately. The start date is August 16, 2022. Questions about this position can be directed to Eve Pentecost, Search Committee Chair, Department of Consumer Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Box 870158, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. 

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