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Chair of Penn State's Homeland Security Programs
Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted Dec. 9, 2022
Title Chair of Penn State's Homeland Security Programs
University Pennsylvania State University
Middletown, PA, United States
Department More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Public Policy & Administration
    Political Science - General
    Government - National Security

Chair of Penn State's Homeland Security Programs

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Penn State Harrisburg invites applications and nominations for a full-time, tenured faculty position at the rank of either associate or full professor as chair of Penn State's Homeland Security Programs. The School of Public Affairs offers the Base Program for the online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security (iMPS) degree, with an enrollment of over 400 across all options, and partners with six other colleges within the University in offering courses. Most instruction is currently asynchronous online and coordinated through Penn State's World Campus (

The new chair will provide leadership and vision in this evolving area, coordinate Penn State's inter-college programs related to Homeland Security, and teach courses for the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program, the graduate certificate in Homeland Security and Defense, and the undergraduate minor in Homeland Security.

An earned doctorate in Homeland Security, Public Administration, Political Science, or a related discipline and a high-profile academic research record that would justify tenure at Penn State are required. Areas of research and teaching interests may include but are not limited to, Homeland Security strategy, program design and management, critical infrastructure protection, international terrorism, cyber security, and risk analysis.

The chair reports to the director of the School of Public Affairs, as well as to the Administrative and Executive committees of the iMPS. The chair oversees admissions, transfers, graduation approval, and other student concerns within the program.

How to Apply:

  • Interested individuals should apply for the position of professor/chair of Homeland Security by visiting
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a statement of leadership/management vision, and names and contact information for five professional references.
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Penn State is a multi-campus public land-grant University. Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College, is the largest among Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses, enrolling 5,000 students and offering more than 75 degree programs. The campus is located near the state capitol and is within easy driving distance of major cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. The School of Public Affairs includes programs in Criminal Justice, Health Administration, Political Science/Public Policy, and Public Administration, as well as in Homeland Security. For more information about the School, please visit our website at

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. Moreover, the School of Public Affairs is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. We believe diversity benefits and enriches students, staff, and faculty within our school. We are dedicated to building and sustaining an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming teaching and learning environment where cultural diversity is valued and celebrated.

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CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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