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School of Public Policy

School ofPublic Policy

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Open Positions

Open Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor of Climate Policy and Environmental Justice

The School of Public Policy welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Climate Policy and Environmental Justice. The start date for the position is August 2023.  

Candidates should have an outstanding publication record, a commitment to securing external funding, and a track record of excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Duties will include a combination of teaching, research, and service, as well as participation in assessment activities needed for NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration) accreditation based on the candidate’s qualifications.

This position is part of a cluster hire that recognizes the support of a climate consortium initiative focused on climate science and solutions and reinforces the University’s internationally recognized leadership in climate research and scholarship. The cluster hire includes tenure-line faculty positions in (1) Climate Impact Prediction in Support of Solutions and Climate Justice in the Department of Meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and (2) Climate Risk and Decision-making in the Department of Geosciences, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The successful candidate will assume a key role in interdisciplinary research collaborations, co-funded through Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE). Visit the IEE website for more information.

View the complete position details on Penn State’s Career Posting website.

Assistant Professor of Social Policy

The School of Public Policy welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Policy. We seek a scholar working on policy-relevant topics in social inequality and social disparities, and we are particularly interested in those studying the effects of policies on racial, ethnic, or economic disparities in health, education, or employment. Successful candidates must have a demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research; a track record of or potential for securing external funding; demonstrated teaching excellence; and a willingness to participate in service to the school, college, university, and field.

The start date for the position is August 2023. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in public policy or a related social science field (e.g., political science, sociology, or economics) by August 2023.

This position is co-funded by Penn State’s interdisciplinary Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and is part of an initiative to hire four faculty members in different units across Penn State. These faculty members will join an existing campus cluster, with the goal to foster collaborations among social and behavioral scientists, and others, working from the person to the population levels on understanding and reducing disparities. SSRI supports several centers on campus, such as the Population Research Institute, the Administrative Data Accelerator, and the Federal Statistical Research Data Center. More information can be found on the SSRI website

View the complete position details on Penn State’s Career Posting website.

Public Policy Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

The Penn State School of Public Policy is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented individual to provide administrative support to our Master of Public Policy graduate program. This opening will serve as a point of contact for both internal and external customers.

The position will manage and maintain student records, assist in the admissions process, provide administrative support, assist with course proposals, and more. We’re looking for individuals with exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple concurrent projects, and someone who can work well independently as well as part of a team.

View the full position details and apply on the Penn State Career website.

Administrative Support Assistant 3

The School of Public Policy (SPP) in the College of the Liberal Arts seeks a positive, innovative, detail-oriented, and experienced Administrative Support Assistant 3 to provide administrative support to the School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist and support the School’s Enrollment and Advising Specialist and recruitment and retention efforts for the MPP program: assist in implementing the School’s recruitment plan; coordinate and schedule meetings for the Enrollment and Advising Specialist, and source and engage with prospective students

  • Manage and maintain student academic records

  • Provide staff and program support to the Director of Graduate Studies and SPP faculty at large

  • Respond to inquiries regarding the MPP program and advise students on departmental and University Policies

  • Prepare incoming and renewal assistantships appointments using Workday (Penn State’s central resource for HR services, payroll, attendance, etc.)

  • Collect and analyze student data for Assessment and Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Accreditation purposes, as well as departmental and college reports

  • Monitor students’ credit load, registration, and academic deadlines

  • Assist with course scheduling and coordination of student events

  • Compile and monitor credential files for applicants for admission to the graduate program

  • Serve as backup for the Undergraduate Support Assistant (when needed) and as a liaison to the Graduate School

  • Manage timecards for part-time student assistants and distribute tasks for these positions

Education and Experience: This position typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Other qualifications include the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and attention to detail skills

  • Ability to work with a high level of professionalism both independently and as a member of a team

  • Ability to exercise discretion and judgment while managing confidential materials

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize tasks and be flexible

  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, including Word and Excel

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of the application materials. In the cover letter, applicants should explain their interest in the position, relevant background, and experience and demonstrate how they have or envision diversity, equity, and inclusion in their professional work.

The College of the Liberal Arts is supportive of flexible work arrangements when aligned with the ability to meet the needs of the unit and the essential duties of the position. Questions related to flexible work should be directed to the hiring manager during the interview process.

For additional details and to apply, visit this listing on Penn State’s Career website.