Professor of Practice

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of The Liberal Arts
School of Public Policy


The School of Public Policy at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Professor of Practice. The Professor of Practice is a full-time, non-tenure-track member of the faculty participating in school governance and serving in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program. Primary responsibilities include teaching and mentoring of students with an emphasis on internships, client-driven capstones and other professional activities that help prepare students for future opportunities in public policy. Candidates must have at least ten years of high-level leadership experience working in public affairs, and ideally the candidate would have worked across sectors on one or more policy issues in Washington, DC. A graduate degree in public policy, public administration, law, management or related field is required. Teaching experience in a relevant field is desirable. Candidates must be dynamic and entrepreneurial leaders capable of thriving in a start-up environment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated relationships with a wide variety of public affairs organizations; an ability to teach practitioner-oriented courses to MPP students with diverse backgrounds and professional interests; the ability to forge relationships with Penn State alums and other stakeholders to generate opportunities for our students; a demonstrated commitment to serve diverse and inclusive communities; and a shared vision for enhancing and expanding a rigorous academic program grounded in practical applications. Major responsibilities will include working with school leadership to develop and implement a strategic plan for internships, capstones and job placement; establishing internship and capstone opportunities for students; supervising internship and capstone courses, working with other Penn State units to oversee job placement; teaching applied practitioner-oriented classes; and collecting and assessing student internship and job placement data for accreditation purposes. The candidate may teach MPP core courses, such as policy analysis, program evaluation, or the management of public organizations, as well as policy specialization or leadership courses in their areas of interest and expertise. The starting date is negotiable, depending on the candidate’s circumstances, but we anticipate a starting date at some point in Fall 2019. The position is based at the University Park campus of Penn State, but individuals residing in Washington, D.C. could potentially meet the job requirements largely in DC and spend part of the year in State College, which is about a three-hour drive from the northwest suburbs of DC. The School of Public Policy was created in 2018 in response to the call in the university strategic plan for Penn State to address complex global issues. With strong social sciences, data analytics and sciences, Penn State is well-positioned to be a leader in public policy. The program welcomes its first cohort of MPP students in fall 2019. Applicants can learn more about the School and position by contacting Lilliard Richardson, Director of the School of Public Policy (, or by reviewing the school web page at Interested candidates must submit an online application at, and should upload the following application materials electronically (pdf): a letter of interest, CV or resume, and a list of three references with contact information. Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For information about applying for the job, please contact Francine Hamilton, Administrative Support Coordinator for the School of Public Policy at

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