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Applicants with interests in rural health are welcome….


The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with scholarly interests in health disparities early in the life course (maternal/child/family), particularly focusing on disparities involving rurality, poverty, race/ethnicity, and health services delivery. We are especially interested in scholars who will advance a critical understanding of how structural barriers affect access, use, and quality of healthcare services and how these barriers may impact disparities in health and social outcomes for disadvantaged groups. An understanding of how health and social policies impact children and families is critical to address structural barriers and advancing knowledge about policies that may improve child and family health disparities.

 A scholar hired into this position would have the opportunity for collaboration with and mentorship of departmental colleagues whose expertise in health services research, health policy, social policy, law, economics, and public health will help shape and strengthen their program of research, teaching, and service. The scholar will strengthen the department in three interrelated areas of inquiry: healthcare disparities, maternal, child, and family health, and rural health. An individual hired into this position will be expected to conduct research, teach, and advise students in HPA’s doctoral, master’s, and/or bachelor’s degree programs.

We seek a colleague who has completed their doctoral training by the time of the appointment. Competitive applicants will have the demonstrated ability to conduct research in a multi-disciplinary setting and show potential for securing external research funding and establishing professional prominence in a relevant line of scholarship.

This position will be co-funded by Penn State’s interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI; https://ssri.psu.edu/) and is part of an initiative to hire four faculty members in different units across Penn State. These faculty members will join an existing campus cluster in health and social disparities. SSRI will foster and support collaborations among social and behavioral scientists and others, working from the person to the population levels on understanding and reducing disparities.

The Department of HPA and the College of Health and Human Development embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values in both their mission and vision. Our goal is to support and empower, through training and placement, a broadly diverse generation to become leaders and scholars who promote human health, development, and quality of life throughout their lifespan. This position comes with a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Penn State has excellent support services available to faculty members and the College of Health and Human Development, the HPA department, and SSRI are committed to providing the necessary resources critical to helping the successful candidate further their research prominence. We envision the successful applicant as a key component of the department’s growth strategy. 

The College of Health and Human Development strongly encourages applicants who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. Through this position, the applicant will add to or build upon current research, teaching, and outreach efforts that seek to understand health disparities within traditionally marginalized populations. To learn more about Penn State University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion see the University’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. The mission of HHD is to enrich the lives of others. HHD believes in the power of human capacity for growth and achieves that mission by meeting challenges, both big and small, with excitement and energy every day. 

The Department of Health Policy and Administration (https://hhd.psu.edu/hpa) is an academic unit of the College of Health and Human Development. HPA offers residential and online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, residential and online Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degrees, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health Policy and Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The Ph.D. program includes a dual-degree option in Demography. Ideally, a successful candidate would strengthen our Population Health track and dual title offering in Demography in addition to providing a breadth of topical material for our Health Economics track students interested in health disparities. The department currently has 33 faculty members including 13 tenured or tenure-track faculty. Penn State fosters multidisciplinary research through its university-level research institutes, including SSRI, the Population Research Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Rock Ethics Institute, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, the Penn State Cancer Institute, and the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences. Additional opportunities to collaborate with other Penn State faculty are available within the Center for Health Care Policy and Research, Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Center for Healthy Aging, Prevention Research Center, Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse, and the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium. Penn State’s research institutes and centers provide a vibrant environment for collaborative approaches to research and teaching to improve healthcare delivery and population health. Department faculty also collaborate with faculty in the College of Medicine, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Law, and the College of Nursing.   

The Pennsylvania State University is a land grant institution and member of the Big 10 Conference and Academic Alliance. With $1 billion in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 25 U.S. research universities. Penn State has a wide breadth of research excellence, with 18 fields in the top 10 National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) expenditures, more than any other university in the U.S. (see https://www.psu.edu/this-is-penn-state/rankings for more information on rankings). The University Park campus, located in State College, PA, is the largest campus with an enrollment of over 40,000 students and offers more than 100 programs of graduate study. More detailed information about Penn State and the surrounding central Pennsylvania area can be found at http://www.psu.edu. The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well known for its exceptional quality of life, including a low cost of living, a growing economy, a diverse offering of cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent resources for families including well-regarded local school systems. State College is served by four commercial airlines and is within a three-hour drive to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, and a four-hour drive to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The University and the College have a variety of resources available to assist scholars with a transition to Penn State from another university and location.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible and before January 9, 2023, for full consideration. The expected beginning date is July 1, 2023. To be considered, applicants must complete an online application and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and supporting information along with the names and contact information of three professional references. Confidential inquiries about this position can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jessica Williams at [email protected] or (814) 863-7402. Please indicate “Faculty Search” in the subject line of email correspondence.  


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Position Rank:  Full-Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field:  Sociology
Home Faculty:  Glendon College
Home Department/Area/Division:  Sociology
Affiliation/Union:  YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2023
Sociology Department, Glendon College, York University
This opportunity is part of the University’s Affirmative Action program that has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Indigenous peoples of Canada. To receive full consideration, candidates should complete and submit this voluntary self-identification form (https://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form/) as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program (detailed below).
While Glendon is committed to bilingual excellence, Indigenous scholars are required to be academically proficient in only one colonial language – English or French. In recognition of Indigenous languages as officially recognized languages in Canada, knowledge of an Indigenous language, particularly Anishinaabemowin, is considered an asset.
We particularly welcome applicants who: (a) have advanced scholarship and/or extensive experience in the promotion of Traditional Knowledges, Indigenous philosophies, and methodologies; (b) value experiential learning and innovative pedagogy; and/or (c) have lived experience in Indigenous communities demonstrated by a strong record of Indigenous community/organizational engagements.
York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. York University is committed to providing an inviting, rich and supportive work, study and research environment to its Indigenous students and Faculty members, not just through the allyship of its current faculty members, but also through structures such as the York University's Centre for Indigenous Student Services (CISS) and the newly formed Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages (https://www.yorku.ca/research/cikl/), which are guided by the Indigenous Framework for York University (https://indigenous.info.yorku.ca/framework/), the York Indigenous Council, and Skennen'kó:wa Gamig, or the House of Great Peace, a space for Indigenous faculty, staff, and students. York is committed to cultivating understanding of, respect for, and connections with, Indigenous communities. The University is working to support the recruitment and success of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, the integration of Indigenous cultures, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with Indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.
Glendon College is home to the Glendon Indigenous Affairs Council. The Faculty is also currently developing a multi-disciplinary Indigenous Futurities program, whose central objective is to examine intersections of Indigeneity and decolonization within the liberal arts through Indigenous worldviews and philosophies (for more details, see the GIAC Vision Report at https://www.glendon.yorku.ca/affairesautochtones/wp-content/uploads/sites/225/GIAC-vision-FINAL.pdf).
Candidate Qualifications:
• Degree: PhD – or currently undertaking a PhD – in Sociology or related field.
• Research:
           o Engagement in a clearly articulated, innovative, and – as appropriate – externally-funded program of research and/or research                                  creation.
           o Research excellence (or promise thereof) evident in: the research statement; publications (or forthcoming publications); major conference or community presentations; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations.
• Teaching:
           o Excellence (or promise thereof) in teaching, evidenced by: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical                                innovations (e.g., high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning); teaching evaluations; strong.                        letters of reference.
           o Suitability for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, given that the position may involve graduate teaching and                                supervision.
Hiring Policies:
• Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
• All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
• All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.
York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities (https://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/policies/accommodation-in-employment-for-persons-with-disabilities/)and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Ms. Amy Tang, Administrative Assistant, Department of Sociology, Glendon College, York University ([email protected]).
York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/ or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting this voluntary self-identification form (https://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form/)
Application Components:
• Due date for completed applications has been extended to: January 15, 2023.
• Required components: 1) cover letter; 2) current CV; 3) statement of research (and, if applicable, community engagement) and teaching interests; 4) teaching evaluations (if available); 5) three letters of reference. Where possible, one letter of reference should attest to their relationship to Indigenous communities. We appreciate that such relationships and communities may take many forms.
• Candidates must also download, complete, and submit a Work Status Declaration Form (https://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form/). This is a mandatory form and no application will be considered without it.
• Submit materials via email to Ms. Amy Tang, Administrative Assistant, Department of Sociology, Glendon College, York University ([email protected]).
University Context: York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future. York is located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and one of the world’s most diverse. In 2022, Forbes named Toronto one of the Ten Best Cities to Live (https://www.forbes.com/sites/duncanmadden/2022/08/04/ranked-the-ten-best-cities-to-live-in-around-the-world/?sh=2490afcc6571)
Posting End Date: January 15, 2023

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist) Department of Crop of Soil Sciences Washington State University

Position Title:  Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist)

Position Summary:  Commercial specialty crop (vegetable and fruit) growers use plastic mulch to conserve water, suppress weeds, optimize soil temperature, and improve plant growth. However, polyethylene (PE) plastic mulch needs to be disposed of at the end of the growing season, resulting in significant financial and environmental costs. In contrast, biodegradable plastic mulches (BDMs) that can be tilled into the soil or composted at the end of the season could reduce such costs. However, not much is known about the individual, sociocultural, and structural influences on growers’ decisions regarding plastic mulch end-of-life management. Thus, research is being conducting on plastic mulch end-of-life management decisions among strawberry growers in California in order to better understand the factors that help or hinder growers’ adoption of more sustainable practices (e.g., PE mulch recycling) and technologies (e.g., BDMs) that can help address the growing problem of agricultural plastic pollution. This work is part of a large, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist) will work as part of the project team, specifically the Human Dimensions Working Group headed by Dr. Jessica Goldberger (Rural Sociologist) in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (http://css.wsu.edu) in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (http://cahnrs.wsu.edu). The position is a temporary, 12-month, full-time position with the ability to renew annually, pending funding and successful review and progress.


Responsibilities Include:

• Conduct in-depth qualitative data collection with strawberry growers, Extension agents, agricultural input suppliers, crop consultants, recycling facility representatives, and other stakeholders

• Develop and implement survey of strawberry growers

• Analyze quantitative and qualitative data

• Prepare project reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals

• Prepare and deliver oral presentations to diverse audiences

• Help oversee the activities of the Human Dimensions Working Group

• Help supervise graduate students and undergraduates


Required Qualifications:

• Earned Ph.D. in rural sociology, sociology, anthropology, or closely related social science field within the last five years

• Experience with qualitative research methods

• Experience with survey design, management, and data analysis

• Strong analytical and statistical skills

• Willingness to travel to California, project meetings, and conferences

• Ability to work independently as well as with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, Extension specialists, and other project participants

• Interest in agriculture, diffusion of innovations, the environment, and/or sustainability

• Excellent organizational and project management skills

• Excellent written and oral communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

• Evidence of high-quality publications and presentations

• Experience working in large, multi-disciplinary research/outreach teams

• Familiarity with specialty crop production or plasticulture


Location: The primary location of the position is the Washington State University (WSU) Pullman campus (https://wsu.edu/). With a population of approximately 34,000, Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Located 75 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is a short drive away from the scenic Idaho Panhandle and Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hubs of both WSU and the University of Idaho (located nine miles away in Moscow, ID). To learn more about the Pullman community, visit: http://www.pullmanchamber.com.

Start Date: July 1, 2023; negotiable

Salary and Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, retirement plans, and access to all WSU facilities.

Application Procedures: Please submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, copies of academic transcripts (submit as one PDF document under “Other”), writing sample (e.g., journal article or dissertation chapter), and names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three professional references to https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/ (position #R-7881). Screening of application materials will begin on January 15, 2023, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jessica Goldberger, Professor of Rural Sociology, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, at (509) 335-8540 or [email protected] WSU is an EEO/AA/ADD employer.