Assistant Research Professor – Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Initiative



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Job description

Job Number: REQ_0000040504


The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Initiative at Penn State seeks candidates for a full-time, 48-week Assistant Research Professor with a desired start date of July 1, 2023.

Roles and Responsibilities: The Assistant Research Professor is a key member of this innovative, multidisciplinary effort to provide K-12 educators in Pennsylvania and other locations with the support and professional development (PD) they need to effectively teach difficult topics such as the Holocaust, bigotry, and trauma.

This position will facilitate some of the Initiative’s teacher professional learning programs, provide field-based supervision to support the continuous improvement of the Initiative’s program facilitators, help establish and sustain partnerships with entities such as school districts write grant applications, and conceptualize and lead the development of a national- and international-level research portfolio focused on practitioner inquiry-based difficult-topics teacher professional learning programs. This hire will bring nationally recognized academic expertise in the areas of practitioner inquiry, teacher education and professional learning, instructional leadership, teacher leadership, school-university partnerships, and other professional learning approaches, such as clinical supervision, as evidenced by a track record of peer-reviewed publications, grants, national- and international-level service to the field. This hire will bring methodological expertise in the areas of case-oriented interpretive or qualitative research, systematic approaches to literature review and synthesis/meta-synthesis, and field-based/ethnographic methods.

Education and Experience: A PhD is required. All candidates are expected to have at least one year teaching experience and demonstrate a commitment to supporting teachers and students.

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Application review will begin March 15, 2023.

This is a 48-week appointment funded for one year from the start date, with excellent possibility of renewal.

This position offers a flexible work arrangement that combines remote and on-campus work. Questions related to flexible work should be directed to the hiring manager during the interview process.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to tuition discounts, and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.

University Park, PA 

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.

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How to apply


  • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process. Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.

From agricultural college to world-class learning community -- the story of The Pennsylvania State University is one of an expanding mission of teaching, research, and public service. But that mission was not so grandly conceived in 1855, when the Commonwealth chartered the school at the request of the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society. The goal was to apply scientific principles to farming, a radical departure from the traditional curriculum grounded in mathematics, rhetoric, and classical languages.