Fall Semester 2020

Appointment conditions

This is a 36-week tenure-track appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. Full University benefits apply. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Penn State and the College of Education are committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms.  We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds.


The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program at Penn State (University Park) is looking for a new colleague with a research agenda that will inform our understanding of online and distance education and the use of technologies in the context of lifelong learning and adult education. Areas of application could include formal, non-formal, informal, or community-based settings, both in the U.S. and internationally. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a research agenda appropriate to his or her interests, including disseminating research through publications and presentations, teaching and mentoring students, and collaborating with faculty on research activities and grant proposal development. Additional responsibilities include teaching adult education courses face-to-face and by online distance education, recruiting and advising students, engaging in service and outreach, and potentially providing leadership in American Center for the Study of Distance Education at Penn State.

Required qualifications

  • Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Adult Education, Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education, Online Education, Distance Education, Higher Education, or a closely related field by the start date of the position;
  • Evidence of engagement in high-quality, externally funded research and scholarship in online or distance education for adults in formal, non-formal, informal, and/or community-based settings and a corresponding record of excellent research publications and presentations, commensurate with experience;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, including the innovative use of distance and related technologies along with a record of successful advising and mentoring graduate-level research, commensurate with experience; and
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team and ability and interest in working with diverse populations.

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience or interest in international adult and/or online education;
  • Evidence of interest in and potential for securing external funding for research;
  • Willingness to develop and teach undergraduate courses.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, current curriculum vitae, up to three representative scholarly publications, and the contact information (name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references (or letters of recommendation, if available). Applications received by January 21, 2020 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.  All applications must be submitted electronically to

Questions concerning the position can be directed to:

Dr. John D. Holst

Chair, Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Search Committee

Penn State is committed to affirmative action,

equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.