Open Rank Tenure-line Position Focused on Substance Abuse

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Human Development and Family Studies


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS; in the College of Health and Human Development invites applications for a tenure-line faculty member at the rank of Associate or Full Professor whose research examines: (a) developmental pathways to substance use, abuse, and addiction and/or (b) the effects of substance abuse on the health and well-being of children, youth, adults, and families. Inherent in this position will be a focus on the translation of knowledge obtained into intervention aimed at preventing substance abuse over the life course and more immediate time scales. Specific focus areas for this position include, but are not limited to, parental drug addiction; substance abuse prevention and intervention; risk and protective factors; environmental climate in the home; marital and co-parenting relations; parent-child dynamics; parental monitoring; family, peer, neighborhood, policy and media influences; policy impact analysis, and how contextual factors impact and interact with genetic, physiological and neurodevelopmental factors. The successful applicant will be a leader in a program of research with demonstrated impact on policy and/or practice, a strong publication record, and a track record of securing external funding. Responsibilities include directing a research program focusing on substance abuse, teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses, and directing theses/dissertations. An earned doctorate in the behavioral or social sciences and the promise of continued outstanding scholarly accomplishments are required. The successful applicant will have the opportunity for a leadership role in the Consortium for Combating Substance Abuse (CCSA). Rated by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top developmental science programs in the country, and #1 in a recent survey of HDFS doctoral programs in North America ( , HDFS administers graduate, undergraduate, and research programs in its core, signature areas of individual development, family science, prevention/intervention, and developmental methods. HDFS is a dynamic, multidisciplinary and collaborative department, committed to excellence, innovation and impact in understanding and improving the lives of individuals and families in diverse contexts. The successful faculty member will have opportunities to collaborate with the Department’s superb group of research methodologists who have expertise in prevention/intervention trial design, administrative/intensive longitudinal data analysis, and within-person/within-family methods that assess, analyze, and interpret daily and real-time information about ongoing individual-environment interactions. HDFS has extensive links with the centers of excellence that provide the foundation for the new Consortium and that provide research infrastructure and extensive collaboration opportunities, as delineated above. The successful candidate also will have the opportunity to work with colleagues in the Administrative Data Accelerator to translate research findings into economic and policy-relevant language that will resonate with policymakers and spur policy change. To apply, complete an online application by clicking on the “Apply To This Job” button below and submit a letter of application, statements of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, at least three letters of recommendation, and selected supporting material (e.g., reprints, preprints). For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Maggs ( Please indicate “Combating Substance Abuse – HDFS search” in the subject line of email correspondence.

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