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Open-Rank Tenure Line Ethics Co-hire Faculty – Penn State University Park

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing ( is pleased to announce an open-rank tenure line faculty position focused on exploring the ethical implications of accessing care for rurally […]

Open-Rank Tenure Line Ethics Co-hire Faculty – Penn State University Park
Campus/Location: University Park, PA
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The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing ( is pleased to announce an open-rank tenure line faculty position focused on exploring the ethical implications of accessing care for rurally based persons, specifically as they relate to research targeting, understanding gaps in care, and eliminating barriers to receiving care.

Preference will be given to a senior candidate who is at the Associate or Full Professor level.

The successful applicant will be a leader in a program of research with demonstrated impact on policy and/or practice, a strong publication record, and a track record of securing external funding. This position is co-funded with Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute ( Faculty appointed to this position will be core faculty with the Rock Ethics Institute which is recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership in integrating ethics across academic fields. The goal of the co-funded appointment is to expand the nursing faculty’s expertise while providing national and international academic leadership in ethics. Faculty hired through this initiative will strengthen an interdisciplinary community of scholars and educators, will be leaders in ethics research and education throughout the University, and will help integrate ethics into the teaching and research programs of all our academic units while also contributing to the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’s mission. Interest in and commitment to participating in an interdisciplinary community of scholars while contributing to the University’s initiative on Health Ethics, Ecology, and Policy is highly desired.

Responsibilities include directing a research program focused on ethical issues impacting rural health care, such as, but not limited to access to care, emerging models of care delivery, emerging technology/precision medicine, vulnerable populations, ethical nursing practice, and health law and policy. Fostering collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines, as well as faculty in the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, both housed within the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, and across 12 Penn State Campus locations including Hershey Medical Center where nursing programs are delivered is expected. In addition to accelerating strong collaborative interdisciplinary research, the new faculty member will teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses and direct dissertations. The successful candidate also will mentor faculty with similar or complementary research foci. The new faculty member will engage in outreach activities that disseminate research on ethics and access to care to a range of stakeholders, including policymakers, nurses, and other practitioners at national, regional, and local conferences and meetings. We seek a colleague who will pursue a program of externally funded research that is published in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals within the fields of nursing, ethics, and health services research.

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. Nursing faculty candidates must hold a valid United States nursing license.

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To apply, candidates must submit the following. Incomplete applications will not 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 Rock Ethics Institute and how their research and teaching would be augmented by this appointment.

Applicants must submit their application and accompanying materials on the Penn State careers 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

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

201 Nursing Sciences Building

University Park, PA 16802

E-mail (preferred):

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

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 $12 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. With over 2,100 undergraduate students and approximately 200 graduate students, our footprint is world-wide 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 Pennsylvania State University is one of the largest public research and land grant universities in the country, serving over 83,000 students at 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The College of Nursing resides primarily at the University Park Campus but has programs across 12 campus locations and on the World Campus. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. Salaries are competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available as are startup funds to support the applicant’s research program.


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