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Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Organization Development/Human Resource Development)

Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Organization Development/Human Resource Development)

 Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Organization Development/Human Resource Development)


Fall Semester, 2019

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. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Organization Development and Change Hire:

            The College of Education at Penn State is strengthening its commitment to organization development and change (ODC). The College seeks to hire a tenure-line faculty member to build upon its existing scholarly and programmatic strengths. In particular, the College will hire new faculty to strengthen the study of learning and organizational change. The long-range goal is to strengthen Penn State’s leadership in ODC—particularly with a focus on how to use technology to build collaborative and virtual, cross-cultural decision-making environments.


           The Workforce Education and Development (WFED) program in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems in the College of Education seeks applications from individuals with scholarly and practical interests and expertise in ODC. This includes research and development on organization development and organizational change. Faculty members typically teach graduate courses both residentially and online. The successful candidate will be expected to recruit, train, and supervise graduate students in ODC; to work in partnership with the existing Director of the online Master of Professional Studies in ODC; to pursue external funding for supporting research in ODC; to lead workshop and consulting efforts in ODC; to develop and teach graduate courses relevant to ODC; and to engage in leadership and service to professional organizations and societies, educational institutions, agencies, and the University. Successful applicants will advise graduate degree students who are emphasizing ODC in their studies. Many of those students are employed in business, government or other settings. Successful applicants will be willing to: (1) facilitate and coordinate the professional development of adjunct and fixed term faculty who teach graduate classes in ODC; (2) facilitate and coordinate virtual and/or residential conferences in ODC to position the program as a focal point for organizations interested in studying change and to leverage technology to guide/improve group decision-making—and particularly in cross-cultural settings; (3) facilitate and coordinate actions to engage Masters and doctoral students in efforts that transcend classroom and online environments to help them build their qualifications to achieve their career goals; and (4) facilitate and coordinate actions to engage alumni of Workforce Education and Development, and particularly those whose graduate studies emphasized ODC, to help them remain associated with the program. Candidates should have a program of research that has the potential to secure external funding and will lead to publications as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising.

Required qualifications (commensurate with experience):

  • Earned doctorate in Organization Development, Change Management, Human Resource Development, Workforce Education and Development or related fields; Candidates finishing their doctorates by August 1, 2019 will be considered as well.
  • Evidence of a commitment to developing a program of research related to ODC;
  • Evidence of a commitment to developing a program of consulting related to ODC so as to engage graduate students and the international reach of the program;
  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising, including a willingness to teach in online environments and integrate innovative technology into university courses; and
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Desirable qualifications:

           WFED faculty have broad interests, but they all share interest in using research to improve and inform human systems such as education and the world of work. Our program seeks applicants interested in, and capable of, talking to academicians and practitioners. Our program seeks applicants who would thrive within a diverse intellectual arena but who have deep scholarly commitments to their own research agenda and a practical desire to see their research and publications inform practice in work organizations.

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.

Department of Learning and Performance Systems (LPS)

            The Department of Learning and Performance Systems [] includes three programs: Lifelong Learning and Adult Education; Learning, Design, and Technology; and Workforce Education and Development. All three programs offer separate degrees, but students, faculty, and staff collaborate on teaching, research, and service.

Workforce Education and Development (WFED) Program

            The mission of Workforce Education and Development Program [] is to promote excellence, opportunity, and leadership among professionals in the field of workforce education and development, including professionals employed in secondary and postsecondary education institutions, social services, employee organizations, and private sector businesses. The program consistently ranks in the top three in national assessments of program quality by U.S. News and World Report.

 Application procedures:

           Applicants must submit letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts (where appropriate), up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), and the names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three academic references. Applications received by October 1, 2018, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to

Inquiries can be made to the Search Chair:

Dr. William J. Rothwell
Chair, Workforce Education and Development Search Committee
c/o Carol Fantaskey (, LPS Administrative Support Coordinator
301 Keller Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802


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