Faculty and Staff Openings

Faculty Positions

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following faculty positions. If you have questions about the College of IST or the faculty recruitment process, please email facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu.

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CURRENT EMPLOYEES OR STUDENTS:

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Penn State's Human Language Technologies Lab, directed by Dr. Shomir Wilson, seeks applications for an Assistant Research Professor on a project at the intersection of privacy, natural language processing, and computational social science.

This is part of an NIH-funded effort to use transcripts of broadcast police communications to study adverse interactions between law enforcement officers and male minority youth. The hire will participate in all parts of the project but will focus on (1) identifying and mitigating privacy concerns presented by the dataset and (2) studying privacy-related aspects of broadcast police communications more broadly.

The Assistant Research Professor should possess a terminal degree or its equivalent in an academic field related to their research. The candidate must have demonstrated ability as a researcher; and must have shown evidence of professional growth and scholarship in their discipline. 

Candidates should have a strong background in privacy research, including differential privacy and anonymization. Candidates also should have experience mentoring students and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Prior experience with natural language processing and computational social science is a plus.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire. The possibility of renewal beyond that period will depend upon the availability of funds.

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

Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • Contact information for two references.

Application review will begin on June 11th and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application.

For specific questions about the position, applicants should first consult instructions in Dr. Wilson's Advising FAQ and then contact him if necessary.

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CURRENT EMPLOYEES OR STUDENTS:

If you are a current employee (faculty, staff, technical service, or student) at Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the internal application process. If you are a current student at Penn State and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) seeks a visionary leader to serve as the Assistant/Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This position is responsible for advancing equality and impact for the college and those it serves; creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff; and will be the key senior leader to guide and implement this work.

Working closely with the College’s dean, faculty, and staff, the Assistant/Associate Dean is responsible for associated strategic planning activities and for implementing and managing College climate programs designed to recruit, retain, and support diverse pools of undergraduate and graduate students in the College. The Assistant/Associate Dean collaborates with the dean and faculty to design and implement programs focused on increasing the diversity of the college’s faculty. This is a full-time, 48-week administrative position and will report to the dean of Information Sciences and Technology.

Leadership

  • Provide strategic leadership and be the focal point for all DEI related initiatives.
  • Coordinate DEI programs for educating the college community and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Design, develop and implement strategies to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity, and improve DEI related initiatives, programs, and activities.
  • Lead the Inclusion and Diversity Action Council.
  • Lead and support faculty efforts to promote DEI through gifts, grants and contracts.
  • Stay abreast of current DEI trends and benchmarks in industry and higher education.
  • Create educational opportunities via workshops, training sessions, invited speakers, and curriculum development in the area of DEI.

Communication and Outreach

  • Provide effective and timely communication within the college regarding DEI issues and initiatives.
  • Partner with college and university leaders to identify, plan, implement and assess activities that promote DEI, including training and educational programs related to managing a diverse workforce, reducing implicit bias, and other relevant topics.

Advocacy

  • Provide advocacy for underrepresented faculty, staff and students in matters related to DEI.
  • Partner with relevant university office to assist in recruiting diverse faculty, staff and students and help create an environment conducive to retaining a diverse community.
  • Provide mentorship for faculty, staff and students from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Partner with relevant university officers to address issues of accessibility of buildings, facilities, and grounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph. D or equivalent terminal degree.
  • Record of excellence and experience in building, delivering, and advancing institutional DEI programs and activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill in working collaboratively with others and in developing professional networks.
  • Experience developing techniques to analyze and assess DEI programs, their successes and their opportunities for improvement.
  • Familiarity with laws and legislations pertinent to DEI and fair employment practices.
  • Experience in communicating with various stakeholders and presenting to large and small groups in various forums.
  • Ability to support the college’s broad range of activities and initiatives.

While not required, individuals with faculty credentials/qualifications will be appointed to the position with a faculty affiliation. Appointment as Associate Dean will be based on commensurate experience.

The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as aligned with the mission of the College of IST in their cover letter and resume.

Staff Positions

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions. If you have any questions regarding a position, please email humanresources@ist.psu.edu. The below guides will assist you as you apply, but if you have any questions on the application process, please contact HR Services at (814) 865-1473 for assistance.

There are no open staff positions at this time, please check back later.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is seeking a highly collaborative and process-driven Curriculum Specialist (Education Program Specialist 2) to join our Academic Services team. The Curriculum Specialist will provide strategic and operational management guidance to IST faculty leadership and to the administrative support team to plan, coordinate, and administer all College of IST academic affairs and curriculum-related matters.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the proposal administrator to prepare, submit and track new, change, and drop course/program proposals through the Curriculum Review & Consultation System.
  • Managing all IST curriculum-related business and collaborate with faculty leadership to provide strategic feedback and guidance to key stake holders related to university curriculum timelines, processes and policies.
  • Supporting academic integrity chair and committee with policy preparation and gathering and preparing documents for case adjudication by the committee.
  • Serving as the main point of contact for commencement to coordinate student and faculty graduation activities.
  • Strategizing and coordinating with the academic services operations team to prepare, maintain and disseminate curriculum update information.
  • Creating and maintaining a central repository for course and proposal information storage and access.

The position will be highly knowledgeable of course and program proposal policies and procedures. Further, this position will serve as the IST main administrative point of contact for Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education (ACUE), Advisory Committee on Graduate Education (ACGE), and Faculty Senate and represent College of IST programs to internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be organized and self-directed, attentive to detail and policy processes, contingency-minded, and customer service-motivated. They will also be skilled at posing solutions in problem-solving situations, developing and maintaining faculty relationships, and fostering a positive, professional and efficient work-style in a team environment.

At IST, we are strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. We are committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as aligned with the mission of the College of IST in their cover letter and resume.

Bachelor's degree or higher plus two year's related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required; knowledge of Penn State policies and procedures related to curriculum is a plus.  Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be proficient in student academic management systems, and desktop application and email systems such as Microsoft Office and Outlook.