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Open Rank Professor of Education (Education Policy)

Open Rank Professor of Education (Education Policy)

The Pennsylvania State University

College of Education

Department of Education Policy Studies


Position Available:  Open Rank Professor of Education (Education Policy)

The Department of Education Policy Studies 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

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.   All application materials must be submitted electronically to