Assistant Research 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


The Pennsylvania State University`s Department of Recreation Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor appointment. This is an opportunity for an early career scholar to engage with a highly experienced team of investigators led by Drs. Derrick Taff and Peter Newman. The successful candidate will help in examining various topics under the broad rubric of human dimensions of natural resources and the environment. Specifically, they will act as the project manager for several projects funded by the National Park Service related to visitor use management. Responsibilities will include operationalizing various project procedures, such as but not limited to: hiring, training, and managing field personnel; developing sampling designs and instrumentation for online, mail back, and on-site surveys; assisting in the design, data analysis, and preparation of project reports; analyzing and interpreting study findings and preparing reports, presentations, and manuscripts for publication; designing and implementing project outreach efforts for communication and developing managerial recommendations based on project findings. The successful candidates is also expected to teach one to two courses per year and develop grant proposals that will help sustain their independent research. The candidate will have extensive opportunities to publish, and access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. We seek individuals with an earned PhD in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management or a related field who have demonstrated research excellence and productivity. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise and experience in relevant research domains, strong statistical skills, ambulatory data capture, and demonstrated research management experience in larger Western National Parks. The successful candidate will be committed to and able to work effectively with diverse populations and audiences. The appointment will be for one year, however, funding may be available for reappointment depending on research productivity. The position provides salary commensurate with experience. Please direct informal inquiries to Peter Newman: and indicate “Research Assistant Professor” in subject line of all email correspondence. To apply, please upload a letter of application indicating a statement of research interests, career goals, and relevant experience; a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three professional references. If selected as a finalist for the position, three letters of professional reference will be requested to be sent via email directly from the recommender to Peter Newman. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This position is expected to being early January 2020.

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