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Tenure-track (open ranked) Faculty Position focused on Accessibility

Tenure-track (open ranked) Faculty Position focused on Accessibility

DISCIPLINE Nonspecific TYPE Faculty

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) ( and the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) ( at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position with a focus on accessibility. This is an open-rank search, with the possibility of multiple hires. The expectation is that the successful candidate will hold a joint appointment, with the College of Information Sciences and Technology serving as the tenure home. We anticipate a start date of July 2022.

We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in accessibility related topics such as: developing novel design and evaluation methodology for access technologies; understanding the needs of individuals with disabilities (e.g., sensory, communicative, physical); promoting accessibility in healthy aging; employing theoretical frameworks in assistive technology development; exploring brain-computer interface; leveraging artificial intelligence for accessibility; and identifying and addressing accessibility needs in under-resourced communities. The candidate will have opportunities to work across both colleges as well as the Social Science Research Institute, the Hershey Medical Center, and Disability Access Initiative. Candidates should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses including residential, online, or hybrid courses. As appropriate, the successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to teach courses in both IST and HHD.

Competitive applicants for the position at the rank of Assistant Professor will possess a PhD in Information Sciences, Computer Science, Interaction Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, Health Sciences, or related fields before beginning employment at Penn State. Candidates seeking the rank of Associate Professor should have the same qualifications as the assistant professor, as well as, a strong track record of scholarly achievement, external funding, and demonstrated success in teaching and service. Candidates for Full Professor should have the same qualifications as the associate professor, as well as, a track record of research publications, funding, teaching and service that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in the field of accessibility, broadly defined.

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. The colleges 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 they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in one or both college as well as aligning with the mission of the colleges in a separate statement.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with undergraduate enrollment of approximately 44,000 students and offering more than 150 programs of graduate study. The colleges of IST and HHD have award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Both faculty and students are dedicated to collaboration and applying knowledge to make a positive impact in the society. University Park is located in central Pennsylvania, ranked the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the United States by CQ Press, and the 8th best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

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

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Additional Info

Contact Name : Faculty Recruiting IST/PSU

Contact Address : College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, University Park

Contact Email :

Instructions : Applicants must upload with their application the following materials:

(1) a cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a three–five page research statement outlining future research plans, (4) a one-page teaching statement, and (5) a statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the two colleges and align with their missions. Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should arrange for at least three references to be sent via email to Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position should upload contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for at least four references. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position will be notified before letters are solicited from their references.

Review of applications has started and will continue until positions are filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to

Application Deadline : 10/10/2021

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