The position involves leadership of a nationally recognized department of 22 ranked faculty and 53 unranked, staff, and adjunct employees, along with 12 Extension field positions. Units within the department include the Child Development Laboratory ( http://cdl.missouri.edu/ - a teaching and research laboratory that provides exemplary care and education for infants and young children in a licensed and accredited educational setting) and the Center for Family Policy and Research ( http://hdfs.missouri.edu/cfpr/centers_CFPR.html - which focuses on state and national grant-funded research, outreach, systems-support, and policy work). HDFS offers on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate courses in child, adolescent, and adult development; early childhood education; child life, and family science. The University of Missouri is a Research 1 university and a member of the prestigious AAU. The department is currently ranked in the top 10% nationally in Academic Analytics for research productivity. In addition to teaching and research, MU is a land-grant university. The department works to fulfill that land-grant mission by bringing university research to Missourians through 12 Extension faculty. The Department Chair is expected to be an active researcher in addition to fulfilling administrative duties and teaching one course per year. Commitment to individual and family diversity in research, teaching, and service distinguishes the department's implementation of the inclusive excellence framework across all of its academic programs.
The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with ...a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus. Mizzou What is Mizzou? Learn about the history and traditions behind the name Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes. MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.