Assistant Professor RPTM

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 15, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor RPTM

The Pennsylvania State University - Abington College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Community Recreation Management within the newly adopted Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management (RPTM) degree program offered through the Abington-Greater Allegheny-University Park Consortium. Candidates must have an earned doctorate (or an earned doctorate by the date of appointment) in recreation, leisure studies, tourism, natural resource management, or a related field and evidence of an active and focused research program.

A commitment to excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, both inside and outside the classroom, is also essential. Candidates who have experience teaching both lower level and upper division courses in their area of expertise are preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience working with diverse student populations and demonstrate interest in facilitating student/faculty research and mentoring. The teaching load is 3-3 with a portion of courses offered online across multiple campuses.

Preference will be given to individuals who have direct experience in the recreation, park, and/or tourism field; industry or agency relationships; a strong publication record; and whose research activities show evidence of student collaboration. We seek scholars whose research fits within the larger mission of the program (i.e., address social problems, foster sustainability, influence policy, and/or promote health) and who complement existing faculty in community recreation at consortium campuses (Abington, Greater Allegheny, University Park). Opportunities to collaborate with and pursue funding alongside colleagues at Abington and other Penn State campuses, including University Park, are available and encouraged.

The administration at Penn State Abington is committed to the development of faculty scholarship. The college has an established undergraduate research participant pool as well as several shared lab spaces and strong community partnerships. Internal funding is available for research purposes as well as faculty and student conference travel. Penn State Abington serves racially- and ethnically-diverse students, first-generation college students, students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, and a significant international student population. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to helping all students succeed through engagement in and out of the classroom. Applications will be reviewed beginning on November 1, 2020 with applications accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and three letters of reference. Application material must be submitted online through Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Letters of reference and inquiries about the search can be sent to Dr. Jacob Benfield ( The Abington College is a four-year college of The Pennsylvania State University and is conveniently located near Philadelphia. For more information about the college, visit our website at:

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