Associate Director Opportunity at the Rock Ethics Institute Penn State

Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute ([] seeks applicants for an Assistant Director.

The Rock Ethics Institute is a vibrant center promoting interdisciplinary and engaged ethics research and curricular enhancement, and it supports collaborations across all of the University’s colleges. The Assistant Director position is a full-time, non-tenure line appointment, starting August 2017. ¬†AOS/AOC open, but with a particular interest in ethics, applied philosophy, and public/community engaged philosophy. We especially invite candidates whose work contributes to one of the Institute’s current research initiatives: agricultural and food ethics; bioethics and public health; climate and sustainability ethics; critical philosophy of race; democracy and human rights; engineering, technology, and ethics; gender and sex equity; religion and spirituality; and restorative justice. Duties include overseeing Institute activities, including conferences and events, lecture series, student and faculty fellows programs, awards committees, and search committees; serving as a liaison between Institute staff and directors; developing and leading interdisciplinary ethics workshops and trainings for faculty, graduate students, and community partners; overseeing assessment procedures and preparing bi-annual reports; and representing the Institute on university committees and in various capacities with faculty, students, staff, and the public. Further duties may include grant writing; supervising postdoctoral fellows, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate interns; and oversight of communications, publicity, and production of print and digital media. The Assistant Director is expected to maintain an active research profile in one or more of the Institute’s research initiatives, to participate actively in Institute-sponsored events and research activities, and to build collaborations with relevant Penn State scholarly communities. The initial appointment is for two years, with opportunities for renewal by mutual agreement. Ph.D. or relevant professional degree required. Salary competitive.

How to Apply: Candidates should submit an online application and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent confidentially to Joanne Nash at

A complete application will include the following materials:

1) A cover letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications, including how their background and experience qualifies them for the administrative and ethics education responsibilities associated with this position and their research experience in one or more of the above listed research initiatives;

2) A current curriculum vitae;

3) A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential; and

4) Three letters of recommendation. Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.