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Associate Professor or Professor/School Director in Family Studies and Human Services

Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology.  We seek a candidate who will provide collaborative leadership to a school that includes six units (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, Life-Span Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Personal Financial Planning) on multiple campuses, and Extension,  The successful candidate must be a visionary leader who understands and values the School’s commitment to excellence in quality research, teaching, engagement, outreach, distance education, and service. The successful candidate must be a broad thinker; strong advocate for the units, College, and University; deliberate decision maker; and a responsible fiscal manager.

Required Qualifications

  • Recognized record of research, teaching and professional service commensurate with the rank of tenured associate professor or professor (pdf).
  • Evidence of a cooperative, committed, and accountable administrative style.
  • Evidence of strong human relations and communication skills.
  • Evidence of open, collaborative approach to decision making.
  • Successful experience in fiscal management and coordination of human resources, academic, and service programs.
  • Earned doctorate in a discipline represented in the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience as a department chair or program coordinator.
  • Evidence of commitment to land grant philosophy.
  • Evidence of a solid record of external funding.
  • Demonstrated commitment to involvement with national, state and local/regional service, professional, and scientific communities.
  • Knowledge of professional accreditation processes.
  • Experience conducting and/or supporting interdisciplinary projects.


  • Provide School leadership to promote excellence in academics on campuses in Manhattan and Salina, distance education programs, clinical instruction, basic and applied research, Extension, engagement, outreach, service, and extramural funding.
  • Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and the public.
  • Manage and evaluate the School’s human, fiscal, and physical resources.
  • Provide innovative leadership in strategic planning and securing resources.
  • Recruit and support mentoring of a diverse faculty.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationship with constituent groups, agencies, professional societies, university units and the public.
  • Provide leadership for the School 2025 strategic plan.
  • Coordinate with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) programs, staffing, funding, revenue development, and collaborate with peers from other member institutions.
  • Enhance alumni relations and development activities.

The School

The School of Family Studies and Human Services consists of six units each with lead coordinators: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, Life Span Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Personal Financial Planning as well as Cooperative Extension programming. Additional academic programs are offered in Conflict Resolution and programs offered through the GPIDEA including Youth Development and Family and Community Services. The School is extensively involved in distance education at the bachelor, master’s, and doctoral levels including certificate programs. The School operates an early childhood laboratory school, a speech and hearing clinic, a marriage and family therapy clinic, and a personal financial planning clinic. The School's facilities span four campus buildings and two campuses. There are currently 55 faculty members in the School, nearly 800 undergraduates and 271 graduate students. The work of the School is conducted by over 185 faculty, staff, and student assistants.  The School operates with a base budget of $4.1 million and currently has over $15 million in external funding. The School has established four priority areas for research and programming: 1) Health and Security of Military Families; 2) Personal and Family Risk Behaviors; 3) Disorders of Communication and Swallowing; 4) Families, Illness, and Health.

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The College

The College of Human Ecology enrolls over 2,400 undergraduate and nearly 400 graduate students and employs more than 107 FTE in teaching, research, and Extension positions, and is one of the fastest-growing colleges at K-State.

The University and Community

Kansas State University is a public land grant institution with over 24,581 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries with highly diverse student body. It is centered on a 664-acre campus in Manhattan located 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas. The strong local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley. The city is large enough (54,600 permanent) to have big city amenities but small enough to maintain a strong sense of community.


This 12-month position at the rank of associate or full professor has a proposed starting date of July 1, 2014, with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions

Initial review of applications will begin December 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration please send an electronic letter of application addressing the qualifications and expectations described above; a current curriculum vita, and names, addresses, e-mai, and telephone numbers of five persons from whom letters of reference may be requested to:  Debby Hiett, Family Studies and Human Services School Director Search Committee, Kansas State University.  E-mail: hiett@k-state.edu.    Telephone: 785-532-5500. The search is confidential; references will be contacted after initial screening and after the candidate has granted permission.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to  Bronwyn Fees, Ph.D., Chair, Family Studies and Human Services School Director Search at fees@k-state.edu or 785-532-1476.

A background check is required before employment. Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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College of Human Ecology
Kansas State University
119 Justin Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
+1 (785) 532-5500

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