Family Studies & Human Development (133 views)

COLLEGE:  Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies 

DEPARTMENT: Family and Consumer Sciences 

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) is housed in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, consisting of 16 academic departments and interdisciplinary academic programs, and several centers and institutes. The College is a cohesive unit academically and administratively, with a commitment to the academic success of all our students. We take thoughtful and deliberate action to provide equitable, inclusive, and accessible opportunities and support to students of all races, skin colors, religions, national origins, ages, genders, gender identity/expressions, sexual orientations, and with varying genetic information, medical conditions, marital status, parental status, veteran status, or abilities/disabilities. The FACS department, with approximately 500 student majors, is committed to a quality undergraduate program, collaborative projects with campus and community partners, and innovative instructional technologies. The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to our identity and our mission. The department offers a BS in Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD), BS in Fashion Merchandising and Management, and BS in Nutrition and Food with an optional Concentration in Dietetics. The department also offers a Pre-Credential Single Subject Matter Program in Family and Consumer Sciences.

The FSHD program supports approximately 120 majors. The FSHD program serves a diverse student body. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI Serving Institution. Many of our majors are Hispanic and Asian-American, and about a quarter of students are first-generation college students. We prepare students for careers in various fields such as family support, government and public policy, or health and wellness. We emphasize an asset-based approach to understanding the lifespan of human development, family systems, and family diversity in a cultural context. Our program is Certified Family Life Educator-approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). And we provide curriculum to meet the specifications of the Association of Child Life Professionals required for Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Our students are passionate and engaged and have a deep interest in serving children, youth, and families in their communities. Our FSHD student graduates seek post-secondary degrees in counseling or marriage and family therapy. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion of faculty, students, and staff. We hope that you will consider us.


Marriage and family scholar with expert knowledge and specialty in serving/counseling racially and ethically diverse families. Specific background in scholarship or clinical experience working with racially and ethically diverse populations. Contribute to an expansion of field placements and internships for students, and scholarship that serve the racially and ethnically diverse and marginalized communities in our region.


  • Teach undergraduate courses in family studies and human development and supervise service-learning, practica, and internships. Courses may include a combination of the following: The Family and Social Issues, Family Communication, Issues in Parenting, Family Life Education, Family Resource Management, Family Stress and Coping, Family Finance, or Family Support Services (a service-learning course).
  • Depending on experience and education, the assignment could include other related courses, existing or to be developed, particularly in the areas of counseling, marriage and family therapy, family policy, and diversity and global families.
  • Develop a focused and productive scholarship area.
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, and regional community.
  • Work closely with community partners.
  • Recruit, mentor, and advise students with diverse backgrounds.


  • Doctorate from an accredited university in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Family Studies, Family Life Education, Human Development, or a closely related field from an accredited program is required. ABD candidates from accredited programs will be considered, provided all degree requirements are completed by August 2024. Applicants must also be currently licensed as a Counselor in California or their home state, or be eligible for licensure in California (LMFT; LCSW; LPCC).
  • Demonstrated ability to teach college-level courses to a diverse student population.
  • Proven track-record or demonstrated potential as a researcher conducting scholarly and/or applied research.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community and to integrate diversity issues into the curriculum.


  • College-level teaching experience in counseling, family studies, human development, or a closely related field, preferably:
    • Experience in teaching online courses.
    • Experience and ability using information technology in the teaching and learning process.
    • Ability to develop undergraduate research projects/lead undergraduate teams.
    • Ability to teach large classes (80 to 120 enrolled).
  • Professional experience in counseling and counseling licensure, such as, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
  • Experience, interest and/or expertise in working with and for families as they interface with other systems.
    • This may include various diverse populations: immigrant families, resource (foster) families, families in poverty, transnational families, racially diverse families or other under-served populations. 
  • Active participation in professional organizations relevant to this position.
  • Evidence of multidisciplinary and/or collaborative research.
  • Demonstrated potential in obtaining external research funding.
  • Scholarly background in recognized peer reviewed journals on topics related to counseling, particularly on racially and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
  • Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)