Graduate Assistantship

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center


The Department of Recreation Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) is a vibrant department within the College of Health and Human Development. Academics in the Department embrace a broad conception of all aspects of the fields they teach and research; as well as collaborate across the College and beyond which demonstrates their belief and commitment to interdisciplinary understandings. Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center (SCEC) is a field lab for Penn State students seeking experience in natural history interpretation, environmental education, and leadership. Shaver’s Creek collaborates across all colleges in the University as well as serving the wider community through engagement with schools, government agencies, for profit and non-profit organizations, and the general public. Outdoor School is a four-day residential environmental education program for elementary age children that supports their science curriculum through hands-on learning experiences. Outdoor School lessons are taught by Penn State undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines. Research: We are looking for a PhD student to undertake research on residential experiences and their value as part of mainstream educational provision. The research will draw on literature at the intersection of outdoor recreation, experiential learning, environmental education, and social-emotional development. The specifics of the research design will be developed by the student, in collaboration with their academic advisor and committee, and the Outdoor School staff. There are extensive opportunities for collaborations on campus with different departments and research centers such as The Rock Ethics Institute. The chair of the students committee will be Dr Derrick Taff. Graduate Assistantship at Shaver’s Creek: The assistantship for this research is for a 2-5 year period dependent on successful progress. The successful candidate will be a student in RPTM where they will work for approximately 5 hours per week as a research assistant. They will work for approximately 15 hours per week primarily as a Shaver’s Creek teaching assistant. The logistics of working between campus and Shaver's Creek mean that use of personal transportation will be required. Candidate Information: The successful candidate will be highly motivated and have a demonstrable interest and background in outdoor experiential leadership. They will be articulate and capable of critical analysis of research in outdoor education/residential education. The assistantship covers tuition fees and a generous stipend for the fall and spring semesters. Additional scholarships, fellowships, and opportunities for summer funding may be available. We will begin seeking applicants during the fall of 2019, and the successful candidate will begin studies August 2020. For inquiries, please email Dr. Derrick Taff To apply, upload a letter of interest, and a current resume with three references, no later than December 1, 2019. To be considered for graduate school within RPTM, applicants must apply through Penn State’s Graduate School at by December 15, 2019 to be considered for fall 2020 admittance.

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