Assistant Professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy

Penn State University

Penn State Harrisburg
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Penn State Harrisburg
School of Public Affairs


Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy starting fall, 2019. The successful candidate is expected to: teach, revise, and develop online and residential courses; advise students; conduct research; maintain professional development in his/her field of expertise; provide service to the School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, and Penn State University. Further expectations include engagement and outreach with local, state, and federal stakeholders in both the public and private sectors, as well as with the university community and the public through lectures and projects. The successful candidate will also be expected to leverage professional networks to support School of Public Affairs programs and assist in developing new partnerships and opportunities for students and faculty. Teaching responsibilities will be in the online Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS) program as well as in the undergraduate programs in Political Science and Public Policy (offered in residence) and the undergraduate minor in homeland security (offered in residence) and online. The School of Public Affairs also offers undergraduate programs in Health Administration, and Criminal Justice; Master’s programs in Public Administration, Health Administration, and Criminal Justice; and a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration. The School is the home for the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Program to which seven colleges are contributing and that is delivered online by Penn State World Campus. For information about Penn State Harrisburg, visit; An earned Ph.D. in Homeland Security, Security Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates who bring relevant academic or policy-oriented professional experience and are able to teach and conduct research in one or more of the following areas: homeland security policy and strategy; policy and governance studies related to security domains; security management; security technology assessment; emergency management; disaster research; countering violent extremism; international security studies; new security studies; and human security. Applicants for the position should submit a letter of application indicating interest and qualification for the position, a curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcripts, a sample of publication or peer-reviewed manuscript, and four letters of professional reference. Letters of reference may also be sent directly to Maria Peiffer, email Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions 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