Penn State University

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


The Department of Sociology and Criminology in the College of the Liberal Arts ( invites applications for a tenure line faculty position to begin in Fall 2019; the position is open rank, but hiring an established scholar is a priority. We seek an outstanding social scientist whose research is directed at documenting, understanding, and reducing the direct and collateral consequences of substance abuse for individuals, families, and communities. We are particularly interested in adding to the department a scholar whose research addresses the consequences of substance abuse for one or more of the following set of outcomes: child and adolescent development, criminal behavior and criminal justice contact, drug policy and its impact, adverse health outcomes, family functioning, labor markets, and community vitality. Priority will be given to candidates with a strong record of policy-relevant research, translational activities, or community outreach, as well as a strong external funding record or the possibility of developing such a record. This position will be closely linked to the resources and opportunities available in several Penn State centers and institutes, including the Penn State Population Research Institute (PRI;, Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC;, and Administrative Data Accelerator ( The successful applicant will be co-funded by the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI; and will be part of an inter-disciplinary community of scholars at Penn State contributing to the mission of the new Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA; The CCSA is hiring a director and four additional substance abuse researchers with strong interdisciplinary and translational orientations that should advance theory and knowledge on the processes through which substance abuse and addiction emerge to inform on evidence-based policy, programs and practices for effective prevention and intervention. Additional consortium hires will occur over the next four years. As an initial part of this strategic hiring effort, the CCSA seeks a leader in the field of substance abuse research to serve as the Director for this new consortium. When applying to this open-rank faculty position, please indicate in your cover letter whether you wish to be also considered for this directorship. To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vita, and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Eric Baumer (

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