Assistant or Associate Professor of International Affairs: Sustainability or Human Security

Pennsylvania State University

Assistant or Associate Professor of International Affairs: Sustainability or Human Security

The Penn State School of International Affairs, an interdisciplinary professional school, seeks a candidate for a tenured or tenure-track assistant or associate professor position to conduct research and teach in the area of sustainability or human security. Ideally, areas of focus will include natural resources, environment, energy, technology, or health, with particular attention to the institutions or forces driving sustained improvement in welfare outcomes for individuals and societies. A strong emphasis on the international dimensions of research questions is essential. We seek candidates whose work aims to span the academic world and apply work relevant to policy contexts through the generation of rigorous research with policy decision-making impact and the ability to attract external funding.

A Ph.D. is required in a field relevant to the social science dimensions of sustainability or human security, which might include sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, economics, or any other relevant field. A competitive candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in research, teaching, and leadership appropriate to rank. An interest in, and demonstrated aptitude for, working in interdisciplinary contexts is critical.

The School of International Affairs (SIA) is a graduate academic unit of The Pennsylvania State University. The School integrates practical and theoretical aspects of international affairs with a set of highly ranked, specialized disciplines. The School’s motivating vision is to ensure a long-term outstanding contribution to the communities of international professional practitioners and academics nationally and internationally.

Application materials should clearly establish how the candidate’s work is relevant to the focus of the position. Applications must include a CV, cover letter, and sample publications relevant to the post. In addition, three letters of recommendation and teaching evaluations will be requested for candidates who are selected for final interviews.

The Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all of the culture, sports, and entertainment available in a large university community. More information on the area and its amenities can be found here:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position begins July 1, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions related to the position can be addressed to Dr. Mitchell Smith at .

Apply online at–Sustainability-or-Human-Security_REQ_0000050181-1

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