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The Pennsylvania State University — Director of Online Education Doctorate

The College of Education is seeking to hire a multi-year, Director of Online Education Doctorate Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor to support the development, implementation and administration of the DED Professional Doctoral program offered through the World Campus.

This is a non-tenure line, 46‐week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more. This position may be eligible for a hybrid work schedule. This is subject to change based on university policy and business needs of the program. The College of Education at Penn State is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty members. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce, and we encourage applications from individuals in historically underrepresented groups.

This position will include program administration and teaching. As the Program Liaison with the World Campus, administration will include admissions and advising, materials development, course enrollment management, coordination with curriculum committees, coordinating logistics for scheduling courses and coverage, organizing and implementing doctoral student recruitment and actively engaging in recruitment efforts.

Required qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Education or a closely related field.
  • Evidence of experience and a commitment to excellence in program administration, teaching, and advising in online learning environments.
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in doctoral education
  • Experience with emerging technologies and with innovative educational or professional opportunity in large organizations.
  • Experience in data analytics.
  • Evidence of use and support for data-based decision making in an organizational environment.
  • Interest in and willingness to use data in formative evaluation to support student engagement.

The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University [] is a comprehensive, multi‐campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society’s public and private sectors. As a land‐ grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City.

The College of Education
The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, online graduate degrees and certificates, and an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College’s research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College and the University features many interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE). The College’s location within a large, research oriented, land‐grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university‐ wide commitment to making life better for all citizens. The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students, and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States.

Application procedures:
Please submit the following materials through the University’s employment website (

  • A detailed letter that addresses how your interests and experiences relate to the responsibilities of the position and the strategic priorities of the College;An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • Contact information (name, title, affiliation, email address, phone) for four academic references. These individuals may be asked to provide a letter later.
  • Applications missing any items will not be considered. Review of application materials will begin on March 31st shortly after the posting date, and the position will remain open until filled. The goal is for the position to begin in July or August 2023.

Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Rayne Sperling at

This job announcement is also available in alternate format. Employment will require successful completion of background checks in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Penn State Covid-19 Vaccination or Testing Requirements
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