Assistant 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
Health Policy and Administration


The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek a colleague that has completed or is close to completing doctoral training in the multi-disciplinary field of health services research or any of its disciplinary fields, including but not limited to economics, management, demography, policy, sociology, or public and population health. The successful candidate will join a vibrant academic community of scholars dedicated to improving health care services and the health of populations through research, teaching and service. Competitive applicants will have the demonstrated ability to conduct research in a multidisciplinary setting and show potential for securing external research funding and establishing professional prominence in a relevant line of scholarship. Successful applicants will join a multidisciplinary faculty and will be expected to conduct research, teach, and advise students in doctoral, master’s and/or bachelor’s degree programs. A candidate must have completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree when employed. The Department of Health Policy and Administration (see the following link for a more detailed summary of the HPA Department is an academic unit of the College of Health and Human Development. It offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, resident and online Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degrees, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health Policy and Administration, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The department currently has 19 faculty members including 12 tenured or tenure track faculty, with authorization to grow that number to 16 or more tenured or tenure track faculty over the next few years. Currently, HPA faculty members are actively engaged in important externally funded research totaling more than $4 million annually. Opportunities to collaborate with other Penn State faculty include work in the Center for Health Care Policy and Research, College of Medicine, Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Social Science Research Institute, Population Research Institute, Children, Youth, and Families Consortium, Center for Healthy Aging, Methodology Center, and Prevention Research Center. These provide a vibrant environment for collaborative approaches to research and teaching in population health, health economics, health care management, and health policy. The Pennsylvania State University is a land grant institution and member of the Big 10 Conference. Recently Penn State was ranked in the top 50 of research universities in the world by Times Higher Education ( The University Park campus, located in State College, PA, is the largest campus with an enrollment of nearly 40,000 students and offers more than 100 programs of graduate study. The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well known for its exceptional quality of life, including a low cost of living, a growing economy, a diverse offering of cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent resources for families including well regarded local school systems. State College is served by three commercial airlines and is within a three hour drive to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and a four hour drive to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The University and the College have a variety of resources available to assist scholars with a transition to Penn State from another university and location. Compensation will be commensurate with professional experience but as a major research university Penn State is among the most competitive in the nation and known for compensation and benefits packages that attract faculty of the highest caliber. Importantly, this nine-month tenure track position is fully funded allowing the successful candidate the opportunity to develop as a scholar and teacher, with the ability to focus on an important line of research and to seek external funding appropriate to one’s relevant research area. External funding secured by faculty members can be used for a variety of purposes, including the ability to supplement the nine-month salary with summer salary and to reduce one’s base teaching load. The standard review for tenure occurs in the sixth year after appointment as an Assistant Professor. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible for full consideration. The expected beginning date is January 13, 2020. To be considered, applicants must complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter curriculum vita and supporting information along with the names and contact information for three professional references. Questions or informal inquiries about this position can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Dennis Scanlon at or 814-865-1925.

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