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Assistant Professor, OSU Extension, The Department of Human Development and Family Science

OSU Extension Human Development and Family Science
Stillwater, OK
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Feb 13, 2024

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POSITION: Oklahoma State University is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor position in the area of Personal Finance. Duties will be housed on the Stillwater campus. The successful candidate will provide expertise and educational leadership involving personal finance, including development, implementation, and evaluation of programs.

This is a tenure-track faculty, 11-month appointment with Extension (70 percent) and research (30 percent) responsibilities. The successful candidate will develop and lead a dynamic OSU Extension and research program focusing on personal finance to improve financial outcomes of individuals, families, and communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Expected contributions include involvement in Extension activities coordinated within the department, assisting and training Extension field staff, and conducting regular evaluations of the impact of Extension efforts. Extension efforts will encompass a variety of methods for sharing information using both established and innovative approaches. The candidate will collaborate with external stakeholders such as state agencies and industry partners with the aim of improving the financial well-being of individuals and families. The candidate will work collaboratively and effectively with interdisciplinary teams to advance the teaching, research, and service/outreach mission of the department, college, and university. The selected candidate will establish an externally funded program that integrates Extension and research, garnering regional and national recognition. Scholarly activity directed toward peer-reviewed materials, including publication of extension materials and original research publications along with measurable and verifiable impact of programs is expected. The primary focus is family financial planning. The selected candidate will also contribute to a positive work environment.


Earned Ph.D. in personal finance, family or consumer economics, family financial planning, or related field

Demonstrated expertise in personal finance

Strong communication skills to effectively convey information both verbally and in writing to both academic and general public audiences

Capability to identify and proactively seek external funding for research and Extension initiatives

Demonstrated ability to advance scholarship


CFP credential

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with education, experience, qualifications and contingent on available funding. Benefits include comprehensive medical and retirement plans. Information on benefits can be founded at


Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) is one of the largest departments in the university, with approximately 30 full-time faculty members, 325 undergraduate students, and 55 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.). Faculty in HDFS have active programs of research and currently have projects funded by diverse State and Federal entities including NIH, USDA, and NSF totaling over $10,000,000 for 2023. Undergraduate specializations are offered in Child and Family Services (CFS), Early Childhood Education (ECE is ranked seventh nationally among the 25 Best Early Childhood Education Bachelors Programs according to Bachelors Degree Center), Family and Consumer Sciences education (FACSED), and Opportunity Orange Scholars (inclusive post-secondary education for students with intellectual disability).

Graduate specializations are offered in Applied Human Services (AHS), Developmental and Family Science (DVFS), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Gerontology (GERO), and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Recent graduates with terminal degrees (B.S. with ECE option, M.S. with MFT and CFS options, and Ph.D.) have experienced near-100% success in finding relevant employment and in passing licensing exams.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OSU Extension) provides a link between OSU and the people of the state in all 77 Oklahoma counties. With educators in all counties, we tailor programs and offerings to solve problems faced by Oklahomans with information backed by current scientific research. OSU Extension is dedicated to improving lives and communities by offering educational programs, services and resources to all Oklahomans through our county educators and specialists. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service represents a federal, state, and county partnership first launched in 1914. The mission of OSU Extension is to disseminate information to the people of Oklahoma and encourage the adoption of research-generated knowledge. OSU Extension helps Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely.

The College of Education and Human Sciences includes 7 academic units, 172 faculty, and nearly 200 full-time staff. Additional information regarding the College of Education and Human Sciences may be found at

Oklahoma State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students. The university offers 87 undergraduate majors, 84 masters programs and 48 programs at the doctoral levels at campuses in Stillwater and Tulsa. Stillwater is approximately 65 miles from both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas, providing opportunitiesfor additional dining, cultural, and professional sporting events experiences. Providing a combination of larger city amenitieswith an airport and cultural life,while maintaining the charm of a smaller community with affordable housing and excellent schools, Stillwater is ranked as one of America's safest cities. See for more information.


Although applications will be accepted until a successful candidate has been appointed, the review of applications will begin February 7, 2024. To apply, please visit and submit the following:
  • Letter that describes qualifications, previous professional responsibilities, achievements, and leadership style and describe how these apply to the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three references

For questions, please reach out to Mike Stout, Ph.D. at

Mike Stout, PhD.

Associate Professor

Human Development and Family Science

Oklahoma State University


Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit

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