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Open Rank Professor of Education, Innovative Research Methods

Tenure track faculty position in Special Education

Position Announcement

Department of Education Policy Studies

Position Available

Open Rank Professor of Education (Innovative Research Methods)


As soon as possible

Appointment Conditions

Penn State’s Department of Education Policy Studies is seeking an open-rank faculty hire with expertise in secondary data analysis, cross-national comparisons and other forms of innovative, cross disciplinary research methods in educational settings.

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.  We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.


The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include developing and implementing a well-defined, programmatic line of research, securing external funding, teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, working collaboratively with faculty in academic programs throughout the University, and providing service to the college, profession, and community.


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Education, Educational Policy Analysis, or a closely related field;
  • Evidence of strong background in working with large databases, and use of innovative research designs;
  • Evidence of, or strong potential for, high-visibility research and publications;
  • Evidence of, or strong potential for, contributions to and/or coordination of interdisciplinary research, particularly international research;
  • Evidence of, or strong potential for, collaboration or coordination of research on rural education;
  • Evidence of, or strong potential for, securing external funding;
  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising including a willingness to consider teaching in online environments, where appropriate, along with an interest in the use of modern technology, commensurate with experience;
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and collaboratively, including with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Desirable Qualifications:

The hire will be knowledgeable in the design and analysis of quantitative studies, particularly those featuring cross-sectional national databases. The hire will also be knowledgeable in conducting and coordinating studies from international perspective.

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:

The Department of Education Policy Studies includes three degree-granting programs:  Higher Education, Educational Theory and Policy, and Educational Leadership.  The Department also coordinates two other programs: American Indian Leadership and Comparative International Education.

Application Procedures:

Applicants must submit letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, copies of official graduate transcripts (where appropriate), 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 6, 2013 are assured full consideration. However, applications will be received until the position is filled.

Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred.  Send application materials to Trudi Haupt, Administrative Assistant, at Those who do not have access to electronic mail can direct hardcopy of application materials to:

Paul L. Morgan, Ph.D.

Search Chair

Open-rank Position in Innovative Research Methods

Department of Education Policy Studies

c/o Trudi Haupt

400 Rackley Building

University Park, PA   16802

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.