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Associate or Full Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Associate or Full Professor of Health Policy and Administration

The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applicants for a tenured faculty position at the associate or full professor level. We seek a colleague who has established a national reputation in a discipline relevant to HPA, including, but not limited to, health services research, population health, economics, management, sociology, demography, public policy or administration. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of scholars dedicated to improving health care services and the health of populations through research, teaching and service. Competitive applicants will have a doctoral degree and a demonstrated ability to conduct research in a multi-disciplinary setting, including a track record for securing external research funding and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities.

The Department of HPA and the College of Health and Human Development embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in both its mission and vision. Our goal is to empower a broadly diverse generation to become leaders and scholars who promote human health, development and quality of life throughout the lifespan. 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. We envision the successful applicant as a key component of the department’s growth strategy, with active involvement in the recruitment and selection of additional faculty hires. Compensation is highly competitive as are non-salary elements of the compensation package, and the position itself is a fully funded, “hard-money” position. Penn State has excellent support services available to faculty members and the College of Health and Human Development and the HPA department is committed to providing the necessary resources critical to helping the successful candidate further his or her research prominence. 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. HPA offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, residential 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 30 faculty members including 14 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 $2.4 million annually. Opportunities to collaborate with other Penn State faculty are available within the Center for Health Care Policy and Research, the College of Medicine, the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, the Social Science Research Institute, the Population Research Institute, the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium, the Center for Healthy Aging, Methodology Center, and the 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. More detailed information about Penn State and the surrounding central Pennsylvania area can be found at 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. 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 July 1, 2018. 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. Confidential inquiries about this position can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Dennis Scanlon or 814-865-1925. Please indicate “Tenured Faculty Search” in subject line of email correspondence.


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