Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Faculty are expected to conduct empirical research (basic or applied) using accepted research methodologies and analyses (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method, etc.). Non-empirical scholarship (e.g., conceptual pieces, extensive reviews of the literature, and descriptions of professional practice or teaching strategies) is valued but should not be the exclusive focus of a candidate’s research agenda.

Within HDFS, it is the norm to co-author publications and presentations with colleagues and students. Collaboration is viewed a strength when there is evidence of the person’s capacity to lead a project (e.g., first or sole authorship on some of the publications).
It is important to note that HDFS are diverse interdisciplinary areas of study, and appropriate outlets for dissemination of research include numerous high-quality professional journals. When selecting a journal, Faculty members are advised to publish in highly regarded journals associated with national or international professional organizations, journals known for disseminating high quality scholarship related to the Faculty member’s specific area of focus, or journals having a high impact on research or practice within the candidate’s field. When journals may not be recognized as such by program Faculty or when candidates choose journals outside these parameters, it is imperative they provide justification for doing so.

  • When developing their contextual statement, candidates for reappointment, promotion, and tenure are advised to describe the journal’s audience and why that audience is an appropriate fit for the article’s content, explain whether or not the article was peer reviewed, including an explanation if not peer-reviewed, and identify the journal’s association with the candidate’s specific area of research or professional practice, the journal’s acceptance rates, impact factors, and the journal’s circulation.