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Pennsylvania State University - Assistant Professor, Rural Sociology
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 01:25 PM
Starting Date: August 15, 2018 or as negotiated.
Responsibilities: This is a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in rural sociology with a 75% research and 25% teaching responsibility and with the expectation of an affiliation with the Population Research Institute. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program related to the sociology and demography of rural population health and health disparities. The candidate's research agenda should focus on the prevalence, correlates, causes, and/or consequences of health disparities, with special attention on rural/urban and other spatial variation in this regard. Specific topics for study might include demographic and/or spatial variation in health outcomes (e.g., chronic diseases, morbidity, mortality); health behaviors (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, smoking, substance misuse); health care access and utilization; community health; health and environment; and health-related policies. Preference will be given to candidates with the skills and proclivity to conduct quantitative multi-level and spatial analyses, taking advantage of Penn State's Federal Statistical Research Data Center for this purpose. The successful candidate will be expected to work in multi-disciplinary teams and secure external funding. Teaching expectations will be two courses per year pre-tenure, and three courses per year once tenure is achieved. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a graduate course on advanced statistical modeling, as well as courses that contribute to the Rural Sociology graduate program and its dual-degree program in Demography, and to the Department's undergraduate program in Community, Environment, and Development. The candidate will have the opportunity to advise graduate students in Rural Sociology.
Research Fellowship to Study Social Dimensions of Microbiome Research
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Monday, November 27, 2017 10:08 AM

Rural Sociology Graduate Program at Penn State University

Announcing the availability of a PhD research fellowship in Rural Sociology at Penn State University. The successful student will be funded as part of a The Pennsylvania State University Microbiome Center initiative to start Fall 2018. Five Ph.D. fellows will be funded, one of which will focus on social dimensions of microbiome research and applications of that research. Fellows will engage in an interdisciplinary effort to understand how microbiomes interact directly, as a result of microbial flow from food cultivation through human digestion, and indirectly, through their chemical and physical influences on products at each stage. In addition to being part of the cohort, the student will be required to develop his/her own related but independent research project to fulfill the requirements of the PhD in Rural Sociology.

The student would begin in fall semester 2018 and would be eligible for up to three years of funding, a full waiver of tuition expenses, and a package of benefits (including health insurance). Opportunities for professional development are also encouraged, including contributions to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings.

Interested applicants should apply for admission to the graduate program in Rural Sociology at Penn State University by January 5, 2018. In addition, applicants should send a cover letter describing interests and qualifications and a CV to Dr. Leland Glenna (llg13@psu.edu) by the same deadline (January 5, 2018). For more information about the graduate program, contact Dr. Kathryn Brasier, Director of Graduate Studies in Rural Sociology (kbrasier@psu.edu). Additional information about the Rural Sociology Graduate Program can be found below and at the program’s website: http://aese.psu.edu/graduateprograms/rural-sociology

More information can be found here: https://rss.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/JobPostings/PhD%20Research%20Fellowship%20in%20Rural%20Sociology%20at%20Penn%20State%20University-final.docx

Research Assistantship to Study Stakeholder Engagement in Water and Agriculture
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:12 AM

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Burbach, Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Location: School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Degree Program: Natural Resource Sciences (Human Dimensions specialization)

Announcing the availability of a PhD research assistantship in Natural Resource Sciences (Human Dimensions Specialization) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The student will be funded as part of a new USDA-NIFA project examining the impact of stakeholder engagement methods on social, economic, and biophysical outcomes for managing water for agriculture. The student will gain experience in human dimensions of natural resources, public participation and engagement, governance, natural resource management, and multiple research methodologies (quantitative and qualitative). This work will be done in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team from universities and partner institutions in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nebraska. In addition to working as a research assistant on the project, the student will be required to develop his/her own related but independent research project to fulfill the requirements of the PhD in Natural Resources Sciences with a Specialization in Human Dimensions.