Assistant Professor of Youth Development and Civic Engagement

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education


The starting date of this position is July 1, 2020. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position in Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE) with a 75% extension and 25% teaching responsibility. This position will support the strategic vision for the AEE component in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education related to extension program development. The successful candidate will develop and deliver an active holistic extension program around 4-H, youth development and broad-based youth civic engagement (community groups, community development, 4-H and youth organizations, NGO/CBOs programs) as well as develop and maintain an active and funded extension/research program. This will require both the development and delivery of educational programs and materials in his or her substantive fields of expertise. This individual will also significantly contribute to graduate education within the department, teaching courses in the areas of youth civic engagement, community youth development, and related areas. This individual will also maintain a high-level scholarly publishing agenda in basic and applied research related to Extension’s youth program - 4-H, youth development, civic and community engagement, and related areas. The candidate will directly partner with various AESE research and program centers. Finally, the successful candidate will serve the department on committees and supervise/mentor masters and doctoral students` theses and dissertations. Qualifications include, the applicant has a Ph.D. in any of the following areas: Agricultural and Extension Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Applied Developmental Science, and Psychology with an emphasis on youth development, youth civic/community engagement, youth extension engagement, leadership, or related fields. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. The candidate should possess exceptional applied research and program development skills as well as knowledge of, and experience with, Extension in the areas of 4-H, youth development and civic engagement. The applicant should have experience of conducting youth programming, publishing findings in scholarly outlets, and experience working with multiple methodologies. The candidate should present teaching experience, in areas such as: youth engagement, community youth development, and community development/engagement. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university and community is required. Candidates with excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary for working with a diverse extension audience experience working with and advising graduate students are desired. Screening of applicants will be between November 1st - 30th. The salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. To apply, applicants should upload a letter of application, names and addresses of three professional references, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and official transcripts at Questions can be directed to: Dr. Daniel Perkins, Department of AESE, The Pennsylvania State University 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