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

Department of Learning and Performance Systems

Position Announcement

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


Anticipated start date of fall 2017

Appointment conditions

This is a 36-week tenure-track 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 research interests that will inform understanding of Organization Development and Change/Human Resource Development and participatory research in facilitating transformational change in organizational settings in the USA and internationally. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active research program including the dissemination of findings through publications and presentations; will teach residential as well as online courses; will recruit and mentor students; will provide service and outreach to the University and to the profession; and will provide leadership for the development of faculty collaborations  on research and the preparation of grant proposals.

Required qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Workforce Development, Organization Development, Human Resource Development, Workplace Learning and Performance, Talent Development or a closely related field;
  • Evidence of high-quality scholarship in Human Resource Development or Organization Development with a corresponding record of research publications and presentations, commensurate with experience;
  • Demonstrated excellence in residential and/or online instruction, commensurate with experience;
  • Record of successful advising and mentoring graduate-level research or potential for advising graduate students, commensurate with experience; and
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team and ability and interest in working with diverse populations.

Desirable qualifications

  • Professional experience as a practitioner and/or internal/external consultant;
  • Evidence of interest in and potential for securing external funding for research; and
  • Expertise in comparative and international education.

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.

Workforce Education and Development

The mission of the Workforce Education and Development Program is to promote excellence, opportunity, and leadership among professionals in the workforce education and development field including, but not limited to, those employed in secondary or postsecondary education institutions, social services industries, employee groups, and private businesses. The Career and Technical Education emphasis focuses on preparing individuals for Pennsylvania licensure as Teachers and Administrators as well as research in the field. The WF ED program is located in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems in the College of Education at Penn State.

The Workforce Education and Development Program

The Workforce Education and Development Program [] is one of three programs located in the College of Education’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems [] at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park). The Workforce Education and Development program offers the M.Ed., M.S., Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change [MPS in ODC], and Ph.D. degrees in Workforce Education and Development. The program also hosts numerous certificates relevant to Workforce Education and Development and/or Organization Development and Change. The MPS in ODC is offered online through the Penn State World Campus while other degrees offered by the program are residential. Reflecting the interests and expertise of the faculty, the Ph.D. program has emphasis areas in Human Resource Development/Organization Development, School-to-Work, Career and Technical Education-Secondary, and Teacher Certification. 

Application procedures

Applicants should submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vita, 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 and required materials must be submitted at Applications received by January 20, 2017, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled. Electronic submission of all materials is required. Address any questions to:


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


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.