Open-Rank Tenured or Tenure-Track Law Faculty Position

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Penn State Law and School of International Affairs


Penn State Law in University Park is conducting several searches for tenured or tenure-track faculty in the 2019-20 academic year. This is part of a multi-year strategic hiring plan, and we will consider both entry level and lateral candidates. Lateral candidates may be at the Assistant, Associate, or full Professor levels. In addition to the three searches Penn State Law in University Park has already announced (see and, Penn State Law is also hiring tenured or tenure-track faculty as part of a joint cluster hire of multiple faculty for its new interdisciplinary Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State Law, Penn State’s College of Engineering, and Penn State’s School of International Affairs. Penn State Law will consider candidates for this search with expertise in any area of the law who have experience or interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research and teaching and who are interested in participating in the LPE Initiative. We anticipate that the tenure home for this position will be at Penn State Law. The College of Engineering is also conducting a search in this cluster ( The LPE Initiative is administratively housed within the College of Engineering’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) and is a strategic collaborative effort among all three disciplines to meet Penn State’s mission of impacting the world and addressing major societal issues. Solutions to many of today’s challenges lie at the interface between engineering, policy, and legal constructs. The LPE Initiative will develop and offer an innovative and ambitious set of new degrees, certificates, and courses, supported by cross-disciplinary research and scholarly collaborations that will propel Penn State to national and international leadership. Penn State is uniquely situated to lead due to its internationally recognized engineering programs and unusually nimble and interdisciplinary law and public policy schools. Our proposed new academic programs and offerings will prepare the next generation of leaders and experts who can bring knowledge of engineering, law, and policy together to address complex issues and implement sustainable solutions that require combined engineering, law and policy experience and interdisciplinary scholarship. The first of these programs will be a new resident M.Eng. in Engineering, Law, and Policy (MELP) based in the College of Engineering. Online delivery of program components are expected via Penn State’s highly-ranked World Campus. Successful candidates should exhibit a drive to teach, support the development of innovative nationally respected LPE academic programs, pursue impactful interdisciplinary research, and engage in service to the University and Nation. Joint appointments or affiliations with engineering or other departments are expected, and candidates should form collaborations within SEDTAPP’s other vibrant programs (see; the College of Engineering; Penn State Law; the School of International Affairs; other colleges, campuses and institutes at Penn State; and partner with other University entities to leverage a broad base of cooperation. Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, a distinguished academic record, and demonstrated potential to produce outstanding scholarship. Penn State Law is participating in the AALS faculty recruitment process, and will consider entry level candidates through both the AALS Faculty Appointments Register and direct applications. Entry-level candidates applying directly should provide the same materials as lateral candidate applicants. Lateral candidates should upload a current CV, four letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and a draft work-in-progress. Specific inquiries should be addressed to the chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Sam Thompson, at Penn State Law is located on Penn State’s University Park, Pennsylvania campus. For more information, please visit our website 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