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Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services


Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Early Childhood Development, 12-month, tenure-track, 90% Cooperative Extension, 10% Service appointment.

Available January 1st, 2013. Salary is commensurate with background and experience.


Plan, prepare, implement, and evaluate research-based educational strategies, resources, programs, products, and endeavors related to the Extension Specialist’s assigned area including, but not limited to: infant and child development, child care and community programming, and parent education and parent-child interaction. Prepare, present, and train on innovative and updated educational programs and materials using a wide variety of media to reach target audience for K-State Research and Extension agents, other professionals, and the general public. Work with the media in the designated area of responsibility. Respond to agent requests as appropriate, collaborate with relevant agencies, groups, and individuals on a state, regional and national level, and procure external funding to support educational efforts. Share results of Extension scholarship through nationally refereed articles, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, and/or monographs and the local, state and national media. Participate in departmental, extension, college, and university committees; provide service to the university community, and participate in relevant professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels.



  • Doctorate (ABD considered) in Infant/Child Development, Early Childhood Education/Special Education, Lifespan Human Development, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to:
    • Plan, prepare, develop, implement, and evaluate community-based educational programs, strategies, resources, products, and endeavors in response to agent requests and community needs.
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing as well as through training venues and electronic media.
    • Use the media effectively in offering extension-based education, including web-based resources.
    • Interact effectively with an interdisciplinary team with researchers, resident faculty, and agents.
    • Travel (local, state, and nationally) as needed.
  • Commitment to working in a multi-cultural setting and creating an environment that fosters diverse perspectives, collegiality and teamwork.


  • Experience with:
    • The Cooperative Extension Service or other informal, applied educational systems.
    • Facilitation of groups and collaborative work.
    • Competitive grant writing and management.
  • Ability to use appropriate research, statistical, and technological tools for evaluating outcomes and publishing results.

General Information

Kansas State University is a land-grant institution, with an enrollment of approximately 24,000 students in eight colleges and the graduate school. The College of Human Ecology has 104 faculty serving approximately 2,400 students through three departments and one School. The multidisciplinary School of Family Studies and Human Services consists of 35 faculty, 700 undergraduate students, 180 master’s students, and 55 doctoral students.

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a partner in the nationwide land-grant system of universities created in the 1860s to educate people from all walks of life and to generate and distribute useful public knowledge. K-State scientists and extension faculty can draw on the expertise and accumulated studies and discoveries of the land-grant system, other universities, state and federal agencies, and industry. The state of Kansas has a strong history of supporting K-State Research and Extension, including all 105 counties having an Extension presence. For more information, access: http://www.he.k-state.edu/employment/

Application Information

Application review will begin October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Submit your application by email using PDF files: narrative summarizing goals and qualifications, a personal resume, academic transcripts, and names and contact information for three references to:

Ms. LaVonne Boetel
School of Family Studies and Human Services
College of Human Ecology
Email: lboetel@ksu.edu
Phone: 785-532-1945

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Kansas State University
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Manhattan, Kansas 66506
+1 (785) 532-5500

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