Assistant Professor Faculty Position at Penn State Harrisburg

Apr 06, 2021

Penn State Harrisburg (PSH), a comprehensive college of The Pennsylvania State University, one of the largest and most widely-recognized institutions of higher education in the nation, invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in its Sociology Program, with a start date of Fall 2021. A doctorate in sociology or a related area is required. Primary responsibilities will include teaching three courses per semester, maintaining an active research agenda, and service to the program, division, school, and university. Course releases are provided in the first two years to help the successful candidate pursue a program of research.


Expertise in race and ethnic studies is preferred, with an emphasis on the intersection of gender, race, and class. An understanding of race/ethnicity in global context is desirable.  Other desirable areas include social movements and social change, sociological theory, migration and immigration, social inequality, and family diversity.  The ideal candidate will possess a strong desire to help recruit, mentor, and retain students.


Preference will be given to candidates with a philosophy of scholarship oriented toward issues of social justice. Consistent with the mission of the University and the Sociology Program, the ideal candidate for this position should be a teacher-scholar who is a good departmental citizen and demonstrates a commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. An active program of research with potential for external funding is expected.


Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace. The administration, faculty, and staff of Penn State Harrisburg (PSH) take pride in the fact that PSH is one of the most diverse and inclusive campuses of Penn State University, and we are deeply committed to supporting a culturally, ethnically, and racially inclusive environment. 


Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, near the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania.  The College is easily accessible via interstate and rail routes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York.  Penn State Harrisburg has an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students, including a broad, diverse and non-traditional population and brings nationally accredited academic programs, award-winning faculty, and the resources of a world-class research university to Pennsylvania's Capital Region.  The College offers students the opportunity to earn baccalaureate degrees in 39 academic majors. As a graduate center, the College offers 28 master’s degrees and 2 doctoral degree programs.  To learn more about the College and the School of Behavioral Sciences, which is the home for the Sociology Program, please visit and


To be considered, candidates must apply electronically on the Penn State job site at and submit the following: a

  • ·       Cover letter of application specifically addressing the position responsibilities and qualifications, including a statement of teaching and research interests
  • ·       Statement of teaching philosophy
  • ·       Current curriculum vitae
  • ·       Names and contact information for three professional references


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to Dr. Kamini Grahame, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Search Committee, at


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