Professor of Practice in Psychology

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts


The Department of Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus, invites applications for a full time, non-tenure-track, academic position to lead an online graduate-level professional program, the Master of Professional Studies in the Psychology of Leadership. Starting date may be negotiable, depending on the selected candidate’s circumstances, but we anticipate a starting date of July 1, 2018. The position is based at the University Park campus of Penn State. The ideal candidate will have a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or a related field involving leadership, with 10-15 years of experience in a senior leadership, consulting or professional development role. A master’s degree is required, but a Ph.D. and previous teaching experience at the university level is strongly preferred. In addition, candidates should have experience that demonstrates the ability to engage in the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of instructors; to communicate effectively with varied audiences; and to engage in planning and strategy development. The successful candidate should also share a vision for enhancing and expanding a rigorous academic program grounded in practical applications. Experience with online learning is a plus, but more important is evidence of skills and experience relevant for overseeing an online education program. Responsibilities will include recruiting, onboarding, and evaluating instructors; managing program staff; coordinating admissions and managing program growth; providing and overseeing student advising; serving as liaison to other units in the University; teaching selected online courses; guiding course and program revisions and ongoing improvements; and possibly contributing to development of some new courses. Program infrastructure is provided by Penn State’s Outreach unit. Candidates should electronically submit a letter of application, including concise statements of research/practice and teaching interests and a description of how the applicant’s skills and experiences fit the position, and a curriculum vitae or resume. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted electronically to, with “MPS Program Director Search” in the subject line. Questions regarding the application process can be emailed to Kelly Confer at, and questions regarding the position can be sent to Dr. Mel Mark at Review of applications will begin November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088