Assistant or Associate Professor, Employment Relations and/or Human Resource Management 
Job Posted: 28 September 2023
Company: School of Labor and Employment Relations, Penn State University
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: University Park (State College), PA


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The School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER; The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Pennsylvania, USA, invites applications for aAssistant or Associate Professor position to begin Fall 2024.  

Applicants for both ranks should possess a terminal degree (Ph.D.) in human resource management, industrial and labor relations, employment relations, organizational leadership, management, organizational behavior, or a related degree by the appointment date 

Candidates for the tenure-track Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations position must have demonstrated ability as a researcher, scholar, and teacher in a relevant field and have evidence of growth in scholarly achievement. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications. 

Candidates for the tenure or tenure-track Associate Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations position must have demonstrated excellence as a researcher, scholar, and teacher in a relevant field and have an established reputation in scholarly achievement. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications. 

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

The LER School is a dynamic, multidisciplinary program that wishes to further strengthen its already high-profile tenure-line faculty. In this role, the Assistant or Associate Professor will be expected to contribute to the research and teaching that covers one or more of the following or related fields: 

  • labor and employment relations, including the labor movement, labor and employment law, and domestic and global employment relations; 

  • human resource management, including staffing and mobility, training and career development, total rewards and employee recognition, and strategic and international human resource management; 

  • organizational leadership, including shared leadership, leader-member exchange, abusive supervision, social responsibility and ethics, and empowerment. 

The School of Labor and Employment Relations is a growing multidisciplinary program with a residential B.A. and B.S. in Labor and Human Resources, M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations, M.P.S. in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights, a minor in Organizational Leadership, and a Doctoral Minor. We also offer several online undergraduate degrees and a leading online HRER master’s program. The LER School values a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds relevant to understanding the dynamics involving employees and workers in organizational, societal, and global contexts and strives for a collaborative, respectful, and multi-disciplinary scholarly community. 

Interested candidates must submit an online application at Penn State’s Job Posting Board and should include a letter of application and curriculum vitae. Additionally, all candidates should request letters from three references to be sent directly to Kaylah Jones at [email protected] 

Applications received by October 31, 2023, will be assured of full consideration; however, all applications will be considered until the position is filled. If you have additional questions, please contact the LER School Director at 814-867-3320 or write to Dr. Elaine Farndale at [email protected]. 

Penn State is regularly ranked among the top universities in the world. The University Park campus is located in a beautiful setting in State College, PA, which regularly appears on lists of the best college towns in the U.S. It has a top-ranked school district and is also consistently ranked among the nation’s safest and most livable cities. 

Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to 75% tuition discounts (including for a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 26) and paid holidays. Please visit more detailed information. 

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


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


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