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Assistant or Associate Professor of Education, Higher Education

Assistant/Associate Professor of Education, Higher Education

Position Announcement

Department of Education Policy Studies

Positions Available

Assistant or Associate Professor of Education, Higher Education, with an appointment in the Center for the Study of Higher Education.  Specialization: open.


Fall Semester, 2017

Appointment conditions

This is a tenure track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching.  Full University benefits apply.  Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.


  • Teach courses, on campus and on line,  to students with interests in higher education;
  • Advise master's and doctoral students;
  • Perform nationally and internationally recognized research and scholarship in areas related to higher education;
  • Seek external support for research; and
  • Provide service to the University, profession, and community.

Required qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Higher Education or a relevant discipline, including but not limited to: sociology, political science, public policy, history, economics, educational psychology, cultural studies;
  • Evidence of a commitment to developing a significant program of research, commensurate with experience;
  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising including a willingness to consider teaching in online environments, along with an interest in the use of modern technology, commensurate with experience;
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds, commensurate with experience.

Desired qualifications

Expertise that will complement and extend the strengths of current faculty, which include the areas of institutional economics, law, equity, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic educational disparities, and administration. Scholars who possess expertise in complementary topical areas (such as curriculum and instruction and student development), in relevant epistemology and methodology, or in other areas that complement and extend our strengths are especially encouraged to apply.

The Pennsylvania State University

Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society’s public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The College of Education

The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities.  It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations.  The College's research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations.  The College's location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens.


           The College houses four academic departments:  Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems.  The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students.  Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States.

The Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS)

The Department of Education Policy Studies is home to 29 full-time faculty members whose work promotes equity and instills educational leaders with a broad K-16 mission that informs local, state, national, and international policy makers.  The Department consists of three graduate degree programs, all of which are currently ranked in the top 11 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.  

The Higher Education Program

Penn State’s Higher Education Program [], ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, prepares master’s and doctoral students capable of researching, analyzing, and managing the critical issues and concerns facing postsecondary education in the United States and internationally. The program also houses the Academic Leadership Academy and the on-line Institutional Research certificate program.

The Center for the Study of Higher Education

The Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) is one of the nation's oldest and most well-respected research centers on post-secondary education [].  Faculty in CSHE work collaboratively with colleagues throughout Penn State, those at other universities, and with governmental and non-governmental organizations in serving post-secondary education.

Application procedures

Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, copies of official graduate transcripts, up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), and at least three names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of academic references.  Applications received by October 15, 2016, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.

 All application materials must be submitted electronically.  Posting available at:  For questions/clarification, please contact::

Dr. Alicia C. Dowd 

Chair, Higher Education Search Committee


This job announcement is also available in alternate format.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.