Open Rank Professor of Education (Education Policy) - The Pennsylvania State University College of Education

The Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS; of Penn State’s College of Education ( seeks applicants for an open-rank, tenured/tenure-track faculty colleague whose substantive research seeks to understand and address disparities in education throughout the life course. This position is part of a cluster hire by Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute ( of up to six faculty members, across the social and behavioral sciences, whose research focuses on reducing disparities. We desire candidates who have formal training and/or expertise in using econometric and/or economic analysis to identify potentially effective PreK-12 educational policies that address educational, disparities. Work examining links between educational and health disparities is of particular interest, as is experience in translating research findings into public policy. Candidates with experience in analyzing population-level or large-scale administrative longitudinal data in ways that empirically inform efforts to increase opportunities for traditionally under-served groups (e.g., children with or at risk for disabilities, racial/ethnic or language minorities, or those from low-income families) are especially encouraged to apply.

Beginning: Fall Semester, 2018

Appointment conditions:
This is a tenure track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level will have earned a doctorate at the time of hire. The successful candidate at the Associate and Full Professor level will have a well-established track record of research, funding, teaching, and service sufficient to meet Penn State’s standards for tenure and appointment at the specific rank. The successful candidate at the Full Professor level will additionally have a research program of national/international prominence as well as repeated support through external funding. 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 will demonstrate the ability to conduct high-impact, multidisciplinary, and translational research, as evidenced by a strong publication record supported through external funding, commensurate with experience. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, advising master’s and doctoral students, directing theses/dissertations, and providing service to the University and to the field as appropriate.

Required qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in educational policy or a relevant discipline in the social/behavioral sciences (e.g., public policy, economics, public health, sociology, demography)
  • Substantive expertise in educational disparities and PreK-12 policy
  • Methodological expertise using econometric/causal inference or economic analysis methods to quantitatively analyze population-level or large-scale administrative longitudinal data to identify potentially effective educational policies that reduce disparities
  • Evidence of or potential for conducting high-impact, multidisciplinary, and transformative research
  • Evidence of or potential for a strong record of publication, particularly as supported through external funding
  • Substantive knowledge of educational and societal factors that influence life-course trajectories pertaining to achievement, behavior, attainment, and/or other major indictors of development
  • Strong potential for or an established record of outstanding university teaching and in mentoring graduate students through theses/dissertation research projects
  • 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, including with faculty and students from diverse backgrounds

Desirable qualifications:

  • A research agenda examining links between educational and health disparities
  • Strong commitment to public service including through disseminating research findings to policymakers
  • Attention to education law and legal issues as they relate to education disparities
  • Scholarship that extends and strengthens the expertise of current EPS faculty, including in international and comparative contexts

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 research, instruction, 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 majors to more than 2,250 undergraduate students, and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 graduate students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States.

Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS)
The Department of Education Policy Studies includes three degree-granting programs: Higher Education, Educational Leadership, and Educational Theory and Policy (where this position is situated). U.S. News and World Report ranks the Educational Theory and Policy (EDTHP) program of EPS as among the top 10 education policy programs in the country. EPS programs in Higher Education and Educational Leadership are also ranked in the top-ten, making EPS one of the top departments of its kind in the United States. The Department offers a dual title program in Comparative International Education and has a joint JD/PhD with Penn State Law.

EDTHP administers and supports graduate, undergraduate, and research programs focused on understanding and evaluating educational policies from a range of inter-related disciplinary perspectives (e.g., sociology, history, human development). Hallmarks of the EDTHP program include expertise in educational and health disparity linkages, quantitative analysis of large-scale national and international datasets, and development and evaluation of PreK-12 educational policies. EDTHP is connected to a wide range of College and University Centers and Institutes that provide research infrastructure and enhanced opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaborations. Examples include the newly established Center for Educational Disparities Research (CEDR,, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC;, the Child Study Center (CSC,, the Methodology Center (, Quantitative Developmental Systems Core (, the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (, and the Center for Health Care and Policy Research ( Particularly relevant for this position is Penn State’s Population Research Institute (, a multi-disciplinary National Institutes of Health-funded ( research center specializing in providing multiple supports for high-impact analyses of large-scale, population-level datasets. Penn State has a well-established expertise in many domains of social science including quantitative analysis of human development and demographic and social change, survey methods, and the design, implementation and evaluation of education and preventive intervention programs.

Application procedures:
All candidates must complete an on-line application and provide a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three representative works of scholarship, and contact information for three references. A strong cover letter will detail one or more examples of high-impact, multidisciplinary, and translational research conducted by the candidate that address disparities in education, including as relating to their links to health and/or socio-economic attainment. For more information, please contact Paul L. Morgan, Harry and Marion Royer Eberly Fellow, Professor of Education and Demography, Department of Education Policy Studies ( Please indicate “Reducing Disparities Search” in the subject line of all email correspondence. Applications received by October 30, 2017, are assured full consideration. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Electronic submission of all materials is required.

This job announcement is also available in an alternative 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.