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Join an engaged, productive and collegial group whose mission is to transform human and environmental health and wellbeing through research, teaching and service/outreach associated with recreation, park, tourism, and leisure activities and services.  The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) announces a 36 week, non-tenure track Instructor opening (100% teaching and service) with a focus on Commercial Recreation and/or Tourism.  We seek an energetic and collaborative colleague who will demonstrate excellence in teaching and effectively engage with students, and share his or her passion for their work across the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), The Pennsylvania State University, and our partners. 

Faculty and students in RPTM take a coupled human and natural systems approach when providing classroom, field, and on-line learning experiences as well as participating in service and outreach in recreation, park and tourism management and leisure studies.  These efforts are facilitated by teaching resources and networks across campus such as the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the Sustainability Institute, the Rock Ethics Institute and Shavers Creek Environmental Education Center.  For more information about the department, please go to:  http://hhd.psu.edu/rptm/  Primary position responsibilities will be: Teach courses in Commercial Recreation, Tourism, and the RPTM Core Curriculum; use pedagogical approaches that encourage experiential education and engaged scholarship; contribute to the Departmental, College, and University missions through service activities; engage with undergraduate students informally as well as formally through student societies; create partnerships with other units within the University and with community groups who may enhance approaches to teaching.  This position requires a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in a related field.  Evidence of effective teaching at the post-secondary level OR extensive professional experience with managerial and/or training responsibilities in a related area are required.  A demonstrated ability to build networks across campus or within the community and the ability to work effectively with diverse students, faculty, and staff is essential.  Preference will be given to those with professional experience in Commercial Recreation or Tourism.  Candidates will need to upload a resume/CV, statements of teaching experiences and interests, examples of instructional effectiveness, and a list of references.  Penn State values inclusive excellence and we encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply.  Review of applications will begin Friday, January 31, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  This is a fixed-term multi-year appointment funded for 3-5 years from the date of hire with possibility of re-funding.  This position will begin in August of 2017.  Inquiries about this position can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Birgitta Baker, at bbaker@psu.edu.  Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/68327

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