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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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for multiple, Open-Rank Teaching Faculty positions. Review of applications begins immediately, with positions starting as early as Fall 2021. These are non-tenure-track, multi-year appointments with an excellent possibility of renewal.

The college is currently in a growth period with record-high enrollments in both undergraduate and graduate programs, taught residentially and online, including:

  • Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations
  • Data Sciences
  • Enterprise Technology Integration
  • Human-Centered Design & Development
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Security & Risk Analysis
  • Informatics

Successful candidates should be prepared to teach relevant introductory and advanced courses in one or more of the following areas:

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations:

  • Digital forensics to include desktop, mobile, device, or information forensics
  • Information security
  • Applied cryptography
  • Systems security, software security, network security to include firewalls, intrusion detection, and cryptographic network protocols
  • Malware analytics and software reverse engineering
  • Penetration testing
  • Network traffic analysis

Enterprise Technology Integration:

  • Development for enterprise web technologies
  • Organizational and project management
  • Database management and administration
  • Systems and enterprise integration
  • Advanced database design and management
  • Cloud-based technology solutions and integration
  • Discipline-specific application and integration in the use of technology (e.g. healthcare, finance, business, agriculture, etc.)

Human-Centered Design & Development:

  • Introductory, intermediate, and advanced programming in Java
  • Programming for the web
  • Programming for mobile applications
  • Software design and development
  • Interaction design and development
  • High and low fidelity prototyping, and user interface development tools
  • Studying users, interface design, and interaction

Foundational first- and second-year courses addressing:

  • Introduction to Information, People, and Technology
  • Introduction to Application Development
  • Organization of Data
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics

Applicants must have a master’s or terminal degree in a related discipline by appointment date and a commitment to teaching learners at all levels and from all backgrounds. Successful candidates will be prepared to teach courses in one or more of the areas listed above. Candidates will be considered for a teaching faculty rank commensurate with their education and experience in accordance with AC21. ​

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 they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. Applicants must include with their application the following materials:

  • (1) Cover letter detailing qualifications for the position including relevant educational background as well as any teaching or industry experience related to the areas of interest mentioned above
  • (2) Curriculum vitae or resume
  • (3) One-page teaching statement
  • (4) Statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college and align with the mission of the college
  • (5) References (as indicated below)

Applicants should also arrange for at least three reference letters to be sent via email to humanresources@ist.psu.edu. Inquiries about the positions may be directed to facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu. It is imperative that you describe the area(s), programs, or specific classes you closely align with, as described above.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with approximately 44,000 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate programs. The College of IST has award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Both faculty and students are dedicated to collaboration and applying knowledge to make our lives better. See: http://ist.psu.edu. University Park is located in State College, PA, ranked the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the US by CQ Press and the 8th best college town by Best College Reviews.

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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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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.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is seeking a candidate for an Administrative Support Assistant to join the Dean’s office. This role will assist the Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans, faculty, and staff. The role requires an extremely organized individual and the ability to perform a wide variety of complex administrative functions in a busy team-oriented office environment.

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.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following: 

  • Act as the lead support for promotion and tenure process for both tenure line and non-tenured faculty.
    • Prepare documents, ensure university and college guidelines are met.
    • Schedule and confirm committee meetings.
    • Review dossiers for accuracy using Activity Insight.
    • Communicate with faculty members to ensure timelines are met and inquiries answered.
    • Maintain documentation for the process, meticulous records, and train other administrative staff to assist with the process.
  • Provide administrative support to Associate Dean(s) and Assistant Dean(s) including maintaining calendar, scheduling meetings, sending agendas and meeting minutes, scheduling travel and processing travel reimbursements.
  • Provide administrative support to Coordinators and faculty as needed, scheduling meetings for committees and assisting where needed.
  • Assist with faculty searches, coordinating search meetings, interviews and materials and scheduling travel.  
  • Point of contact for faculty affairs related inquiries.
  • Greet visitors, answer phone calls and emails, contribute to a welcoming environment within the Dean’s Office. 
  • Interpret and communicate internal policies and procedures and maintain appropriate procedures across the college.
  • Resolve complex inquiries and ensure compliance with work unit and/or University policies and procedures.
  • Assist supervisor in training and developing other administrative support, act as a backup in supervisor’s absence. 
  • Support office procedures for handling and maintaining confidential materials. 
  • Draft reports including conclusions and recommendations for solving administrative problems. 
  • Develop new processes or procedures relevant to the support needs of the office.  
  • Coordinate collection of data for annual or periodic reports, grants, etc. 
  • Research information, prepare charts and illustrations, compute and tabulate data, prepare summaries.

Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus 3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with Microsoft’s Office 365, Activity Insight, Workday, and PTORP (Promotion and Tenure Online Reviewing Platform) are desired. Familiarity with promotion and tenure guidelines and process preferred. The successful candidates must have effective communications skills, a desire to learn and engage with diverse audiences, work as part of a team and provide exceptional customer service. 

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

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is seeking a friendly, resourceful, well-organized individual to serve as Receptionist and Administrative Support Assistant to the Academic Services team.

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.

The successful candidate handles multiple responsibilities in a busy office setting, coordinates activities and calendars between multiple offices, and sets priorities while working independently on assigned projects. The candidate will also demonstrate experience working with diverse populations and show an openness to learning new processes, skills, and programs.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Facilitating office communication by directing telephone calls, relaying messages, greeting and directing all visitors including current and prospective students, families, and company representatives, etc.
  • Updating and maintaining calendars
  • Supporting the varied needs of administrative support team and Academic Services
  • General clerical work such as inventory, ordering and restocking office supplies, event and meeting preparation, data entry, and creating reports
  • Additional administrative support duties may include reserving rooms, scheduling meetings and appointments for faculty, staff and students, budget work, and other tasks as requested

This position is located in the Westgate Building and the hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 (Including Outlook and Teams) and other collaborative tools is desired.

Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks, and a strong commitment to teamwork and customer service are required.

All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application.