Associate 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 Engineering
Dean's Office


The College of Engineering is seeking an Associate Research Professor to serve as the Director of Engineering Institutional Research leading the development and exploration of applied research questions that are fundamental to higher education in engineering and informed through relationships with a wide array of enterprise business processes, systems and data across the College. The Director will utilize College, University, and external data systems to develop in-depth statistical analyses on topics related to institutional effectiveness including, but not limited to, access and success of students, course offerings, faculty tenure and promotion, campus climate, diversity and inclusion and post-graduation outcomes. This position will support strategic planning and performance management for the College through the integration of data for budget plans, strategic initiative investments, facilities plans, workforce planning and development, education programs and sponsored research. The Director will lead, supervise, and mentor a team of analysts and will report to the College Budget Executive and Chief Administrative Officer to provide analyses and reports supporting strategic planning and investment decisions to achieve College goals. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in developing meaningful research questions related to issues in higher education, as well as experience in designing and implementing institutional research studies, including studies that incorporate predictive and prescriptive modeling. The candidate will stay abreast of institutional research trends in engineering education and keep the College informed of the evolving institutional research landscapes and best practices. The candidate will collaborate with peer-institutions and conduct benchmarking of institutional assessment methods and products to inform College assessments as well as author or contribute to publications, conferences, and workshops within the College, University and relevant academic and professional organizations. The College of Engineering is home to approximately 10,000 students, 400 faculty, and 350 staff members in 13 academic departments with a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs; therefore, in-depth knowledge of characteristics of undergraduate and graduate engineering education and experience in institutional analysis in the field of engineering education are highly preferred. A Ph.D. in higher education, educational administration or a related discipline is required. A demonstrated ability to present complex ideas, techniques, and analytic findings concisely, clearly, and effectively, both orally and in writing, to senior decision makers is required. Penn State’s College of Engineering strives to build a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for students, staff, and faculty. We rely on the expertise, sensitivity and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs. We are inspiring change and impacting tomorrow. The College of Engineering is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution; direct experience supporting equity and inclusion initiatives and analysis is preferred. This position is a 48-week, fixed-term 5-year appointment with excellent possibility of funding for additional years.

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