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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Open Positions at PFP

Assistant Professor

Regular, Tenure Track; Nine-month academic appointment


  • Earned doctorate in Personal Financial Planning, Finance, Consumer/Family Economics, or Economics.
  • Other terminal degrees, such as a JD, will be considered.
  • CFP® certificant, or within three years of hire, a requirement.
  • Evidence of research competency and ability to mentor graduate students
  • Teaching effectiveness in both resident and distance education
  • Professional membership in relevant organizations.
  • Collegiality and ability to work with existing faculty.
  • Vision for curriculum development desired.


40% of FTE: Teaching

  • Provide undergraduate/graduate instruction in courses relating to financial planning.  Courses enable students to sit for the comprehensive CFP® Examination.  The candidate will teach two, three credit hour, courses per semester.
  • Experience in financial planning software is desired.
  • Ability to educate from theoretical/conceptual bases, incorporating international applications.
  • Mentor students in matters relative to their professional development and career placement.
  • Work with or support departmental student professional organizations

40% of FTE: Research

  • Initiate, conduct, and publish research in high quality academic journals in related disciplines.
  • Obtain extramural support for research agenda and the missions of the department.
  • Provide vision and mentorship for graduate students.
  • Work collaboratively with current faculty.
  • Publicly communicate research findings to our various constituents, including the public through media contacts and Cooperative Extension.

20% of FTE: Service

  • Develop working relationships with industry partners
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees.

Salary and Rank

Commensurate with qualifications. Competitive with national Human Sciences financial planning programs.

Effective: January 2017 preferred; or Fall 2017

Closing Date: Review of dossiers will commence on October 15 and continue until position is filled.


  • The Personal Financial Planning program offers a B.S.HES in the emphases; Personal Financial Planning (CFP Board registered), Personal Financial Management Services, and Financial Counseling; a M.S. in Personal Financial Planning (CFP Board registered), a M.S. in Consumer and Family Economics; and a Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Personal Financial Planning (CFP Board registered).  The department is a member of the Great Plains IDEA consortium, allowing opportunities for distance education opportunities for both a CFP Board registered MS and a Certificate in Financial Planning. Other CFP Board registered undergraduate educational programs include an undergraduate certificate, allowing students from across the university the option of completing the coursework to sit for the CFP® exam. (
  • The current undergraduate and graduate student enrollment is approximately 190 and 40, respectively.
  • The Department is home to the Office for Financial Success, a financial counseling and education outreach center dedicated to improving the financial lives of university students, staff, and community members (
  • The Department is home to the University of Missouri Center for Economic Education, supporting financial literacy through secondary school education.
  • Current faculty members include four tenured/tenure-track resident professors, the Director of the Office for Financial Success/Center for Economic Education (open), one teaching assistant professor, and three extension faculty.


  • The College of Human Environmental Sciences is comprised of five departments: Personal Financial Planning, Architectural Studies, Human Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Human Development and Family Science, Textiles and Apparel Management; and the School of Social Work.
  • Information on the college is at
  • Current college undergraduate and graduate enrollment is approximately 1,483 and 400, respectively.


  • The University of Missouri is the flagship, comprehensive campus of the University of Missouri system with membership in the Association of American Universities (since 1908).  The Columbia campus is a land-grant, state-supported, multi-purpose university of approximately 32,000 students offering a wide variety of academic, cultural, and athletic activities. Please see
  • Columbia, Missouri is a regional center for health care and financial services surrounded by a large, mostly rural population.  Recognized for its high quality of life in national media, Columbia is a community of approximately 120,000 with a wide-range of activities and opportunities.  It is located in central Missouri, approximately two-hours from either St. Louis or Kansas City.


Applications should be submitted on-line through the University of Missouri website along with letter of application, curriculum vita, statement of your philosophy regarding financial planning education, official transcript(s) and contact information including email addresses for three references combined into one PDF or Microsoft Word document uploaded as a resume attachment to: (Job# 20609). Questions regarding the online application are best directed to Human Resources: (573) 882-7976, or

Reference letters should be mailed to:

Dr. Rui Yao, Chair of Search Committee
Department of Personal Financial Planning
239A Stanley Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-9343
Fax: (573) 884-8389

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status as disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era. To request ADA accommodations, please contact our ADA Coordinator at 573-884-7278 (V/TTY).

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