Assistant Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management


Join an engaged, productive and collegial group whose mission is to transform human health and wellbeing through research, teaching and outreach associated with engaging people with recreation, park, and tourism activities. The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM; at The Pennsylvania State University announces a tenure line opening for an Assistant Professor to begin fall 2019. We seek an energetic and collaborative colleague who will advance scholarship in the science of parks and protected areas management and the human dimensions of natural resources, while effectively engaging students inside and outside the classroom; and provide innovative and transformational practices for national and state park agencies who seek to protect public lands and improve public health. The successful candidate will be expected to: develop or continue a funded and focused line of high-quality research in parks and protected areas management. We seek individuals with an earned PhD in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Human Dimensions of Natural Resource and the Environment, or a related field, who have demonstrated research excellence and productivity. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses; supervise undergraduate and graduate (M.S./Ph.D.) student research; forge interdisciplinary collaborations with Penn State faculty and external partners; provide service to the department, College, and University, as well as to his or her profession; and work with external community agencies locally and globally. Candidates must have a doctorate in recreation, nature-based conservation, natural resources or a related field; evidence of an active line of programmatic research; commitment to engaged learning practices inside and outside the classroom; and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty in the department, College, and University, as well as with industry and community partners. Preference will be given to individuals who have research and teaching experience in the science of protected areas and the human dimensions of natural resources and environment; a strong publication record; and whose research activities show evidence of (or the potential for) attracting external funding. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. We will begin reviewing applications on December 5, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Informal inquiries or questions about the position should be directed to: Dr.`s Derrick Taff ( and/or Bing Pan ( To be considered for the position, candidates must complete an on-line application and upload (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) teaching and research statements (maximum one page each), and (4) the names and contact information for three professional references.

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