Pennsylvania State University — Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration

The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with scholarly interests in health disparities early in the life course (maternal/child/family), particularly focusing on disparities involving rurality, poverty, race/ethnicity, and health services delivery. We are especially interested in scholars who will advance a critical understanding of how structural barriers affect access, use, and quality of healthcare services and how these barriers may impact disparities in health and social outcomes for disadvantaged groups. An understanding of how health and social policies impact children and families is critical to address structural barriers and advancing knowledge about policies that may improve child and family health disparities.

A scholar hired into this position would have the opportunity for collaboration with and mentorship of departmental colleagues whose expertise in health services research, health policy, social policy, law, economics, and public health will help shape and strengthen their program of research, teaching, and service. The scholar will strengthen the department in three interrelated areas of inquiry: healthcare disparities, maternal, child, and family health, and rural health. An individual hired into this position will be expected to conduct research, teach, and advise students in HPA's doctoral, master's, and/or bachelor's degree programs.

We seek a colleague who has completed their doctoral training by the time of the appointment. Competitive applicants will have the demonstrated ability to conduct research in a multi-disciplinary setting and show potential for securing external research funding and establishing professional prominence in a relevant line of scholarship.

This position will be co-funded by Penn State's interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI; and is part of an initiative to hire four faculty members in different units across Penn State. These faculty members will join an existing campus cluster in health and social disparities. SSRI will foster and support collaborations among social and behavioral scientists and others, working from the person to the population levels on understanding and reducing disparities.

The Department of HPA and the College of Health and Human Development embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values in both their mission and vision. Our goal is to support and empower, through training and placement, a broadly diverse generation to become leaders and scholars who promote human health, development, and quality of life throughout their lifespan. This position comes with a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Penn State has excellent support services available to faculty members and the College of Health and Human Development, the HPA department, and SSRI are committed to providing the necessary resources critical to helping the successful candidate further their research prominence. We envision the successful applicant as a key component of the department's growth strategy.

The College of Health and Human Development strongly encourages applicants who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. Through this position, the applicant will add to or build upon current research, teaching, and outreach efforts that seek to understand health disparities within traditionally marginalized populations. To learn more about Penn State University's commitment to diversity and inclusion see the University's Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The mission of HHD is to enrich the lives of others. HHD believes in the power of human capacity for growth and achieves that mission by meeting challenges, both big and small, with excitement and energy every day.

The Department of Health Policy and Administration ( is an academic unit of the College of Health and Human Development. HPA offers residential and online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, residential and online Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degrees, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health Policy and Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The Ph.D. program includes a dual-degree option in Demography. Ideally, a successful candidate would strengthen our Population Health track and dual title offering in Demography in addition to providing a breadth of topical material for our Health Economics track students interested in health disparities. The department currently has 33 faculty members including 13 tenured or tenure-track faculty. Penn State fosters multidisciplinary research through its university-level research institutes, including SSRI, the Population Research Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Rock Ethics Institute, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, the Penn State Cancer Institute, and the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences. Additional opportunities to collaborate with other Penn State faculty are available within the Center for Health Care Policy and Research, Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Center for Healthy Aging, Prevention Research Center, Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse, and the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium. Penn State's research institutes and centers provide a vibrant environment for collaborative approaches to research and teaching to improve healthcare delivery and population health. Department faculty also collaborate with faculty in the College of Medicine, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Law, and the College of Nursing.

The Pennsylvania State University is a land grant institution and member of the Big 10 Conference and Academic Alliance. With $1 billion in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 25 U.S. research universities. Penn State has a wide breadth of research excellence, with 18 fields in the top 10 National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) expenditures, more than any other university in the U.S. (see for more information on rankings). The University Park campus, located in State College, PA, is the largest campus with an enrollment of over 40,000 students and offers more than 100 programs of graduate study. More detailed information about Penn State and the surrounding central Pennsylvania area can be found at 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. State College is served by four 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 and before January 9, 2023, for full consideration. The expected beginning date is July 1, 2023. To be considered, applicants must complete an online application and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and supporting information along with the names and contact information of three professional references. Confidential inquiries about this position can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jessica Williams at or (814) 863-7402. Please indicate “Faculty Search” in the subject line of email correspondence.

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