Open Rank Tenure-line Position Focused on Mental Health Nursing with a Focus on Substance Abuse

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Nursing


The College of Nursing ( announces an open-rank tenure line faculty position to start in July 2020 that focuses on mental health nursing as it relates to research targeting, understanding, and responding to the needs of communities related to the impact of addiction and substance abuse. Preference will be given to a senior candidate who is at the Associate or Full Professor level. 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 mental health nursing with a specific linkage to substance abuse, teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses, and directing dissertations. The successful candidate also will mentor junior faculty with similar or complementary research foci. In addition to accelerating strong collaborative interdisciplinary research, the new faculty member will engage in outreach activities that disseminate research on mental health and substance abuse to a range of stakeholders, including policymakers, nurses, and other practitioners such as at national, regional, and local conferences and meetings. We seek a colleague who will pursue a program of externally funded research that is published in highly-regarded, peer-reviewed journals within the fields of mental health and substance abuse, nursing, and health services research. This position is part of a major strategic hire at Penn State to build scientific leadership and increase Penn State’s capacity for high impact, interdisciplinary, translational, and community-engaged collaborations to combat substance abuse and addiction. The College of Nursing seeks a faculty member who is interested in and committed to participating in an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Penn State contributing to the mission of the University’s recently launched Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA; This position will be co-funded by Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI; Penn State is committed to building its research, education and outreach capacity to address the complex problem of substance abuse and will hire up to twelve new faculty members over the next four years. These strategic hires will build on our faculty’s long tradition of excellence in interdisciplinary and translational research on substance abuse and addiction, including in the University’s academic departments as well as centers of research excellence such as the Penn State Addiction Center for Translation (PS ACT); Administrative Data Accelerator,; Child Study Center,; Criminal Justice Research Center,; Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center,; Methodology Center; Population Research Institute,; Center for Educational Disparities Research; Child Maltreatment Solutions Network; and Social, Life and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, CCSA faculty will also have access to research infrastructure in Penn State’s cross-university research Institutes, including the SSRI, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute,; Huck Institutes of Life Sciences; Institute for CyberScience,; Penn State Cancer Institute; and Penn State Neuroscience Institute The College of Nursing is one of the most comprehensive colleges of nursing in any public university in the country. With over $12 million in research expenditures since the college’s inception in 2013, the College has been awarded over $8 million for gerontology research, over $4 million for the development of a sexual assault forensic examination telehealth center (SAFE-T Center), and approximately $1.5 million to support clinical and translational science. With over 2,100 undergraduate students and approximately 200 graduate students, our footprint is world-wide with our faculty creating immeasurable experiences for our students around the globe. We offer four undergraduate degree programs as well as six advanced degree programs. The Pennsylvania State University is one of the largest public research and land grant universities in the country, serving over 83,000 students at 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The College of Nursing resides primarily at the University Park Campus where approximately 42,000 students are enrolled. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. Salaries are competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available as are startup funds to support the applicant’s research program. To apply, applicants must complete an online application and provide materials as requested below. Successful applicants must have an earned research doctorate in nursing or a closely related field and a documented commitment to teaching and service. Nursing faculty candidates must hold a valid United States nursing license. All applications must be submitted electronically and include a letter of interest, current CV, and the contact information for at least three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. Penn State is committed to fostering diversity. More information can be found at Questions can be directed to: Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, Search Chair, Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled. Expected start date is July 2020. Successful applicants will have an opportunity to play a leadership role in the CCSA.

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