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PhD Program Director – Open Rank Tenure line Faculty – Penn State University Park

Overview: Nurse scientists are key to broadening the scope of nursing practice and expanding the bounds of our current nursing-centric knowledge. To develop more nurse scientists, we must provide accessible, […]

PhD Program Director – Open Rank Tenure line Faculty – Penn State University Park
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Nurse scientists are key to broadening the scope of nursing practice and expanding the bounds of our current nursing-centric knowledge. To develop more nurse scientists, we must provide accessible, excellent programs grounded in quality educational experiences and innovative research. As a result, the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is pleased to announce an open-rank tenure line faculty position who will direct our PhD in Nursing Program.

Faculty Position:

Working closely with our faculty, you’ll ensure our programmatic outcomes result in the preparation of PhD students as nursing scientists. Further, you’ll oversee the quality of didactic and experiential learning activities of the program including doctoral dissertation projects. You will provide guidance and support to students and faculty on the use of appropriate instructional methodologies and technologies to ensure that course and program learning outcomes are met.

Heavily steeped in collaboration, you’ll work with the faculty and contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the curriculum. Aiming to diversify the cadre of nursing scientists in the college, you’ll work closely with faculty to develop educational and training grants that support this goal.

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:

To be successful in your pursuit of this opportunity, you should have an active research portfolio with potential for attracting extramural funding that will contribute to the advancement of science and knowledge translation across the lifespan and health/wellness continuum. You must have a research doctorate degree and a valid nursing license.

Further, you should have a documented commitment to teaching and service. Your ability to demonstrate experience in academic program administration/management, teaching at the PhD level, mentoring PhD students, and the capacity to mentor faculty in teaching and mentoring at the PhD level will position you well for this role, as these are all highly sought-after attributes.

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. In addition to accelerating strong collaborative interdisciplinary research, you’ll teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses and direct dissertations. Finally, we seek a colleague who will pursue a program of externally funded research that is published in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals.

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 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 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 to the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, 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 located 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’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.

Penn State:

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.

Penn State consistently ranks as a top twenty-five research university and 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 every year and drive innovation and quality of life in communities all over the world.

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. 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)

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. Nikki Hill

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

201 Nursing Sciences Building

University Park, PA 16802

E-mail (preferred):


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