Assistant/Associate Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

Penn State University

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


The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State seeks an outstanding colleague to contribute to our 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 (RPTM; We are excited to announce a tenure line opening for an Assistant or Associate Professor to begin fall 2020. We seek an energetic and collaborative colleague who will contribute broadly to our departmental goals, and we are particularly interested in candidates who can make meaningful contributions and linkages to cross-campus entities (e.g., Sustainability Institute, Institutes for Energies and Environment, Ecology Institute, Social Science Research Institute, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Education Center, Landscape U, and/or the dual-doctoral degree program in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE)). The successful candidate will be expected to: develop or continue a funded and focused line of high-quality research. As a department of approximately 400 undergraduate students on a campus of over 45,000 undergraduates, we also highly value effectively engaging students inside and outside the classroom. We seek individuals with an earned Ph.D. and expertise in recreation, park and tourism management; social dimensions of natural resources and the environment, conservation social science, environmental geography, natural resource management, ecosystem services, environmental resource economics, etc. field. Research emphasizing social and environmental justice, inclusion and equity as it is related to recreation, park, and tourism activities is also desirable. Successful applicants will have a high level of demonstrated research excellence and productivity. This position will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in RPTM, supervise and fund both undergraduate and graduate (M.S./Ph.D.) student research, and provide service to the RPTM department, the College of Health and Human Development, and to the University, as well as to their profession. Candidates must have an active line of programmatic research; commitment to engaged and inclusive 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. We are particularly interested in applications from under-represented populations as well as individuals who have research and teaching experience in the science of protected areas and the social science of natural resources and environment, though all individuals with a strong publication and funding record in broader areas of recreation, park, and tourism research are encouraged to apply. 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. Consider working for The Pennsylvania State University. Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all of the culture, sports, and entertainment a large University community can bring. More information on the area and all of its amenities can be found here: Review of applications will begin November 4, 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Informal inquiries or questions about the position should be directed to: To be considered for the position, candidates must complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements (maximum one page each), and 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