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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor – Child Maltreatment

The position is for an open-rank tenure-line faculty member in the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing (Nese CON), whose research focuses on child maltreatment with a linkage to […]

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor – Child Maltreatment
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The position is for an open-rank tenure-line faculty member in the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing (Nese CON), whose research focuses on child maltreatment with a linkage to adolescent and child victims of sexual abuse/assault.

Faculty Position:

With a focus on the interdisciplinary topical area of Child Maltreatment as it relates to research targeting understanding and responding to the needs of communities and the impact on adolescents and young adults who are victims of sexual abuse/assault you will enjoy the benefit of being a member of Penn State’s R1 research community. Appointed as a co-funded hire, you will engage with the diverse research portfolio and expertise in Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and the Nese College of Nursing. Further, being a leader in the coordinating entity of the university for the dissemination of relevant communications, public awareness, student engagement, and service pertaining to child protection and well-being information and initiatives, you will help integrate these initiatives into all our academic units’ teaching and research programs while also contributing to the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’s mission.

As an integral member of the Nese College of Nursing research faculty, you will be expected to direct a research program focused on child maltreatment and sexual abuse/ assault. In addition to accelerating strong collaborative interdisciplinary research, you will teach both undergraduate and graduate-level courses and direct dissertations. Also charged with engaging in outreach, you will work to disseminate research on child maltreatment and sexual abuse/assault to a range of stakeholders, including policymakers, nurses, and other practitioners, at national, regional, and local conferences and meetings.

You will need the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

Faculty candidate:

With the complexity of sexual assault and forensics, to be successful in your pursuit of this opportunity, you need to have experience and expertise to provide leadership within the college and research to design, implement, and test interventions for this population. Additionally, you should have a strong publication record and a track record of securing external funding. Preference will be given to a senior candidate at the Associate or Full Professor level. A nursing license is strongly preferred.

Truly founded in collaboration, you would be a good fit for this role and culture if you are experienced in fostering collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines and units across the college. Finally, we seek a colleague who will pursue a program of externally funded research published in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals in nursing, child maltreatment and sexual abuse/assault research.

Social Science Research Institute, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network:

Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network has become a national leader in research designed to influence public policy that better protects vulnerable children from abuse. Its mission is to use research to improve outcomes for children by gathering evidence that facilitates intervention programs and influences policy reform at the local, state, and federal levels.


The Network’s research efforts focus on the causes, prevention, detection, consequences, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Dedicated to improving the well-being of children, youth, and families while expanding Penn State’s internationally recognized expertise in research, practice and education. They provide opportunities and support for collaborative and translational science in order to address the complex problems of child maltreatment. Our work covers the spectrum, ranging from research on child development and clinical treatments that foster child health to public policy that promotes child safety and well-being.


Through undergraduate and graduate ­level coursework and other educational opportunities for faculty, staff, students and professionals, the Network strives to raise awareness and train the next generation of professionals. In addition, the Network facilitates events including an annual conference aimed at increasing awareness, disseminating cutting ­edge research, and supporting innovative programs.


The Network aims to push the bounds of social and public policy through efficient translation of evidence­-based research. By partnering with community providers and public policy leaders at the local, state, and federal levels, our goal is to raise public awareness about the scope and gravity of child maltreatment and to elevate this issue as worthy of significant public health investment. Countering child maltreatment is a community concern that requires community-wide efforts. We engage with a wide array of agencies and organizations to learn more about local needs and to contribute expertise that will lead to safe, healthful environments for all children.

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing:

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is one of the most comprehensive colleges of nursing in any public university in the country. With over $17 million in research expenditures since the college’s inception in 2013, the college has been awarded over $8 million for gerontology research, over $4 million for the development of a sexual assault forensic examination telehealth center (SAFE-T Center), and approximately $1.5 million to support clinical and translational science. Recently named a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing in recognition of the college’s commitment to the investment in its faculty, Penn State Nursing is poised to support you throughout your time on its faculty and beyond.

With over 2,100 undergraduate students and approximately 200 graduate students, our footprint is worldwide, with our faculty creating immeasurable experiences for our students around the globe. We offer four undergraduate degree programs as well as six advanced degree programs. The Nese College of Nursing enjoys the distinction of being the only named nursing school in the Big 10. Being fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with programmatic approval from the State Board of Nursing, the Nese College of Nursing is a premier educator for nurses across the Commonwealth. Further, the college is the academic home of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, which is a leader in research, discovery, and innovation in child maltreatment and sexual abuse/ assault. The SAFE-T Center is currently conducting longitudinal outcome studies that have not been done before in this field. In addition, the college is home to the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and Age-Friendly Care, PA, and delivers its award-winning curriculum across 12 Penn State Campus locations including Hershey Medical Center.

The Nese College of Nursing resides primarily at the University Park Campus. Set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town in central Pennsylvania, State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. Further, State College’s proximity to Penn State affords a variety of cultural events and experiences for residents, ensuring a rich, inclusive community. The campus is within a half-day drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. Three major carriers serve the University Park Airport with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.

Penn State:

The Pennsylvania State University is one of the country’s largest public research and land grant universities, serving over 83,000 students at 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Penn State consistently ranks as a top twenty-five research university. Its research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise. Penn State is a Research I university, a category employed by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to indicate universities in the United States that engage in the highest levels of research activity.

Penn State’s unique educational model spans twenty-five campuses, including World Campus, that educate more than 100,000 students yearly and drive innovation and quality of life in communities worldwide.

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive benefits package is available, as are startup funds to support the applicant’s research program. Successful applicants must have an earned research doctorate in nursing or a closely related field and a documented commitment to teaching and service.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all 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.

Application Process:

To apply, candidates must submit the following. Only complete applications will be considered.

  • a cover letter describing interest in and qualification for the position
  • a curriculum vitae
  • contact information of three professional references (No references will be contacted until the candidate is consulted)
  • a statement of how their work would contribute to the mission of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and how this appointment would augment their research and teaching.

Applicants must submit their application and accompanying materials online at the PSU job site ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Information on the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and its programs can be found at

For more information or questions about this position, please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Van Haitsma, search committee chair

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

201 Nursing Sciences Building

University Park, PA 16802

E-mail (preferred):


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