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Moral Development and Interdisciplinary Ethics Research

The Department of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts at The Pennsylvania State University ( announces an open rank, tenure line faculty position in developmental psychology to start in fall 2016. We seek a candidate with research focused on the dynamics of moral development with a strong preference for candidates who take an interdisciplinary approach with translational implications. Possible areas of research include (but are not limited to) sociocognitive mechanisms of moral development from childhood through adolescence, early social, cognitive, or emotional precursors to moral behavior, the role of culture and context in moral development, and social and educational processes that support moral development. We seek a researcher interested in and committed to participating in an inter-disciplinary community of scholars at Penn State.

The candidate will be part of the Child Study Center (CSC;, which is housed in the Department of Psychology and functions as a university-wide translational research center, supporting advances in developmental science aimed at promoting positive educational, health, and mental health outcomes for children, adolescents, and families. This position is part of a series of co-funded hires in ethics designed to ensure that Penn State becomes a leader in ethics-informed interdisciplinary research and the integration of ethical literacy throughout the Penn State curriculum.  This is one of twelve tenure-track appointments funded by the University, through the Rock Ethics Institute (, to augment the Penn State mission in this important area.  We are seeking candidates who will build on the Rock Ethics Institute’s tradition of excellence in collaborative, interdisciplinary ethics research and ethically informed decision support for significant societal issues, as well as their success in integrating ethics into the curriculum.  We are looking for individuals who will be effective in working on and leading interdisciplinary teams that embed ethical analysis into research projects including decision support research, and who have experience and interest in integrating ethics in undergraduate and graduate curriculum.  Faculty who are hired will be Affiliate Faculty in the Rock Ethics Institute and will receive course releases designed to enhance collaboration with faculty and students on existing ethics research and curricular initiatives as well as building new initiatives and programs in conjunction with the Institute’s mission. 

Candidates should submit a letter of application, statements of research and teaching interests, a CV and selected (p) reprints to  Application materials should include a statement of how the candidate’s work is relevant to the University and Rock vision and how such a position is likely to augment their own work.

Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to with the subject line of Moral Development. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding the application process, contact Mona Muzzio ( For questions regarding the position, contact Koraly Perez-Edgar (  

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