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Co-Director, Institute for Study of Adult Literacy & Goodling Institute

Position Available: Senior Research Assistant or Associate
Beginning: July 1, 2013

Appointment conditions:
This is a fixed-term, multi-year appointment. Full University benefits
apply. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its
workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse

Serving as Co-Director for Institute Administration, this position directs
the Institutes’ externally funded projects, builds and maintains
professional relationships with various state and national literacy
groups, manages administrative tasks related to the Institutes including
the management of personnel, and provides relevant service to the field of
adult and family literacy and adult basic education (ABE).

Required qualifications:
· Earned masters or doctorate in education, program
administration, or a closely related field;
· Practical experience working in adult literacy, family literacy,
or ABE;
· Knowledge of adult literacy, family literacy, and/or ABE
research, legislation, and other relevant issues; Experience working with
state or national adult literacy, family literacy, and/or ABE governmental
offices and organizations;
· Experience writing and submitting external funded proposals;
· Experience managing and directing externally funded projects;
· Experience in supervising personnel;
· Experience in and evidence of a commitment to working
collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Penn State is a comprehensive,
multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth,
as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service
roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and
private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility
for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical
disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate
programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major
research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover,
develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The College of Education
at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about
the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident
degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an
extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for
educators at distant locations. The College's research program is also
extensive; College faculty members secured over $46 million in external
support during the past three years from a wide range of national and
state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The
College's location within a large, research oriented, land-grant
university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from
multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide
commitment to making life better for all citizens.

The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction;
Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special
Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer
seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,500 students and 12 graduate
programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000
students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among
the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United

Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and Goodling Institute for
Research in Family Literacy:
Founded in 1985, the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy (ISAL) in
the Penn State College of Education seeks to advance the field of literacy
through collaborative research, development, outreach, and leadership to
improve practice, expanding access to high quality education and enriching
the lives of individuals and families. ISAL’s initiatives have focused on
the contexts of the family, workplace, and health. ISAL staff assist
providers with program design and delivery, customized instructional
materials and assessment development, professional development, and
program evaluations.

Also housed within the College of Education, the Goodling Institute for
Research in Family Literacy provides national leadership that promotes the
value of family literacy and supports program improvement through research
and its application to practice and professional development. Since its
founding in 2001, the Goodling Institute has focused on research,
professional development, and policy. The Institute works collaboratively
with the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the National Center
for Family Literacy (NCFL).

Application procedures:
Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications
for the position, a current résumé or curriculum vitae, copies of official
graduate transcripts (where appropriate), copies of three scholarly
publications or other professional writing samples (if available), and
contact information for at least three references (name, mail and e-mail
addresses, telephone numbers). Applications received by December 1, 2012,
are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received
until the position is filled.

Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred. Send application materials to Those who do not have access to electronic mail can direct hardcopy of application materials to:
Dr. Esther Prins
GI/ISAL Co-Director Search Chair
c/o Mary Frank
405 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802

This job announcement is also available in alternate format. Employment
will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance
with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action,
equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.