Assistant Professor – Early Childhood Development and Education

Department of Human Development and Family Science

 University of Missouri


The Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri ( has an opening for a 9-month tenure-track assistant professor whose research program and teaching expertise emphasizes early childhood development and education. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in early childhood (ages 0-5) programs and curricula, teacher-child interactions, teaching practices and methods, observation and assessment, teaching diverse learners, and/or policy. Candidates are expected to be active researchers, seek external funding, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses.


The Department’s Child Development Laboratory ( has one infant/toddler classroom and three preschool classrooms and is an active site for student teaching and faculty/student research. HDFS has graduate and undergraduate programs that focus on early childhood development and education. The department participates in an online early childhood education degree program managed through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (a collaboration involving seven universities). Commitment to individual and family diversity in research, teaching, and service distinguishes the department’s academic programs. The city of Columbia consistently appears on lists of best places to live in the U.S. For information on the city, visit:   


The start date is August, 2017. An earned doctorate is required at the time of hire. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.  Applications will be reviewed starting Nov. 1 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Upload application materials (cover letter describing research and educational interests, curriculum vitae, transcript, up to two writing samples, and names and contact information for three references) to: In addition, ask that three reference letters be emailed to Brenda Bestgen ( or mailed to her at Department of Human Development and Family Science, 314 Gentry Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Questions regarding the online application are best directed to Human Resources: (573)882-7976.


Questions regarding the position may be addressed to  Dr. Louis Manfra (Email; Phone: (573) 882-8455) or Dr. Jean Ispa (Email; Phone: (573) 882-2796).


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