Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology

Posted: February 11, 2014

The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education seeks Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology

Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology

Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, College of Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

STARTING DATE: July 1, 2014, or as negotiated

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, College of Agricultural Sciences, seeks applicants with expertise in spatial data methods to fill a tenure track appointment at the advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level. The position is co-funded with Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Population Research Institute (PRI). This is a 9-month, full-time appointment with half-time administrative responsibilities as Director of Penn State’s Geographic Information Analysis (GIA) Core, and half-time research, teaching, and service responsibilities in Rural Sociology. The formal appointment will be 20% service/administration, 65% research, and 15% teaching.  Supplemental salary will be made available to support administrative responsibilities during the summer months. As Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, the incumbent would be expected to pursue a nationally recognized and externally funded research program that draws on expertise in spatial data gathering, management, analysis, and modeling to explore social scientific problems, teach one course per year, and advise graduate and undergraduate students. While research foci are open, preferred candidates will contribute to one or more of the signature themes of the Rural Sociology program – agriculture and food systems; natural resources and environment; community and international development; rural social demography. Specific course offerings are negotiable but will ideally draw on the incumbent’s substantive interests and methodological expertise to fill needs within the Rural Sociology and Demography graduate programs, and the Community, Environment and Development undergraduate program. As Director of the GIA Core, the incumbent would be expected to provide administrative and scientific oversight of Core activities, to assist in the Core’s research activities when necessary, and to help build the intellectual capacity in GIS and spatial methods in the social sciences at Penn State. Activities will include, but not be limited to, increasing the disciplinary breadth of Core activities by networking with relevant units on campus; leading and contributing to the development of research grant proposals that incorporate geospatial data and spatial methods in addressing complex social problems; leading and contributing to research papers and publications; and developing new methods and/or instructional resources for advanced spatial analysis.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in rural sociology, sociology, demography, or related field.

SALARY: Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  An attractive benefits and start-up package is available.

APPLICATION: Applicants will need to submit a letter of application, c.v., names and contact information for three professional references, a sample of professional writing, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), to:  Prof Leif Jensen, Chair, Search Advisory Committee, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 106 Armsby Building, University Park, PA 16802

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled

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