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Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Lifelong Learning and Adult Education)

Position Announcement

Department of Learning and Performance Systems

Position Available

Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Lifelong Learning and Adult Education


Anticipated start date of fall 2017, with possibility of beginning spring 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. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds.


The Learning and Performance Systems Department at Penn State's University Park campus is searching for a new colleague with a research agenda that will inform understanding of adult education; adult, informal and lifelong learning; and participatory research in community development and community based settings, both in the USA and internationally. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active research program including disseminating findings through publications and presentations, teaching and mentoring students, and collaborating with faculty on research activities and grant proposal development. Additional responsibilities include teaching courses face-to-face and online, recruiting and advising graduate students, and engaging in service and outreach.

Required qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Adult Education, Continuing Education, Lifelong Learning, or a closely related field;
  • Evidence of high-quality scholarship in adult education in formal, non-formal, informal, and/or community-based settings with a corresponding record of research publications and presentations, commensurate with experience;
  • Demonstrated excellence in residential and/or online teaching;
  • Record of successful advising and mentoring graduate-level research or potential for advising graduate students, commensurate with experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team and ability and interest in working with diverse populations.

Desirable qualifications

  • Evidence of interest in and potential for securing external funding for research;
  • Professional experience in community development, community organizing, and/or international development;
  • Experience conducting participatory research in community-based settings; and
  • Expertise in comparative and international education, social theory, and/or feminist theory and gender analysis.

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 $40.8 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 five academic departments: Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Services; Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational and School Psychology and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer 7 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs to more than 2,500 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States.

The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program

The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program [] is located in the College of Education’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park). The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program offers the M.Ed., D.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education. The M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, the Certificate in Distance Education, the Certificate in Family Literacy, and the Certificate in Adult Basic Education are offered online through the Penn State World Campus. Reflecting the interests and expertise of the faculty, the Ph.D. program has four emphasis areas: Adult Teaching and Learning, Distance Education, Learning in the Workplace and in the Community, and Literacy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations.

The 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.

Application procedures

Applicants should submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, up to three representative scholarly publications, and the contact information (name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references (or letters of recommendation, if available). Applications received by September 23, 2016, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled. To be considered, you must complete the Penn State employment application at This job announcement is also available in alternate format. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Address any questions to:

Dr. Esther Prins

Chair, Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Search Committee

c/o Carol Fantaskey (, LPS Administrative Support Coordinator

301 Keller Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Penn State is committed to affirmative action,equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.