University of Alabama — Assistant Professor, Consumer Sciences, Tenure-Track

Assistant Professor, Consumer Sciences, Tenure-Track
Department of Consumer Sciences
The College of Human Environmental Sciences
The University of Alabama

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: family financial planning and counseling, consumer affairs, and consumer economics. 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 financial planning, 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To be hired as an assistant professor, a doctoral degree must be conferred prior to the start date or the offer may be withdrawn.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 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications

Required

  • 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 at the college level.
  • 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 

  • 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. 

Application Instructions

To apply, candidates should complete an online application at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/51388.

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.  

Application Deadline: December 2nd, 2022. Review of applicants will begin immediately.  The start date is August 16, 2023 or as negotiated.  

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The University, College, and the Department of Consumer Sciences are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning and work environment for our students, faculty, and staff. A diverse university community and inclusive environment are integral for excellence in teaching, research, and service. We are especially committed to increasing representation of those populations that have been historically excluded from participation in U.S. higher education.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.

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