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Rock Ethics Institute Cofund Faculty --- 2019 Call for Proposals

The Rock Ethics Institute in the College of the Liberal Arts invites proposals from prospective partner units for cofunded faculty positions. We anticipate three tenure-track appointments in 2019-2022 with one search each year. Co-funded faculty may be hired at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels, with the aim of hiring one faculty member at each rank. All University Park colleges are welcome to apply. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 1, 2019.
by Betsy VanNoy Sep 03, 2019

Rock Ethics Institute Cofund Faculty --- 2019 Call for Proposals                                                                                 

The Rock Ethics Institute in the College of the Liberal Arts invites proposals from prospective partner units for cofunded faculty positions. We anticipate three tenure-track appointments in 2019-2022 with one search each year. Co-funded faculty may be hired at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels, with the aim of hiring one faculty member at each rank. All University Park colleges are welcome to apply. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 1, 2019.

 

These new positions will contribute to a Provost-funded initiative on Health Ethics, Ecology, and Policy (HEEP). The HEEP initiative is driven by the recognition that health care policies and practices are embedded within political, economic, environmental, agricultural, and industrial contexts. Meaningful advances in health research and public health policy must address this broader ecology on which our health depends. Doing so successfully requires interdisciplinary and collaborative research that bridges the humanities, social and natural sciences, and a variety of applied fields. Unifying this research is an ethical commitment to human health as a shared and guiding value. Penn State is uniquely positioned to lead this research and to train a new generation of interdisciplinary and ethically informed practitioners, researchers, and citizens. The HEEP initiative leverages existing strengths and commitments across several colleges by consolidating a university-wide research initiative convened within the Rock Ethics Institute.

 

Successful proposals will contribute to the initiative in Health Ethics, Ecology, and Policy with a specific focus that contributes to the research and teaching interests of the partnering units and supports opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research. Possible areas of focus include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • access to health care
  • children’s health and development
  • climate change and health
  • ecological health
  • ecology of energy generation
  • ethics of genetics research and application
  • environmental justice and health
  • health and emerging technologies (AI, big data, built environment, precision medicine, robotics, etc.)
  • health law and policy
  • industry influence and institutional responsibility
  • the intersection of addiction and public health
  • public participation in health law and policy
  • racial, ethnic, and gender inequities in relation to health and ecology

 

Faculty appointed to these positions will be core faculty with the Rock Ethics Institute (http://rockethics.psu.edu), recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership in integrating ethics across academic fields. The goal of our cofund appointments is to expand our faculty expertise and to provide national and international academic leadership in ethics. Faculty hired through this initiative will strengthen an interdisciplinary community of scholars and educators, will be leaders in ethics research and education throughout the University Park campus, and will help integrate ethics into the teaching and research programs of all our academic units while also contributing to their department’s mission.

 

The Rock Ethics Institute will oversee the allocation of cofunded positions in consultation with a Deans’ Advisory Committee consisting of deans representing many of the colleges across the University Park campus.

 

Proposal Guidelines

 

Each college may submit proposals for up to two positions. Departments interested in developing a proposal should ensure clear communication between their department head and dean in this process. We welcome joint proposals between departments and colleges. Completed proposals are to be sent to the appropriate college dean(s) who will review them and determine which will be submitted to REI for full review.

 

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 1, 2019. Decisions are expected to be announced by September 15, 2019.

 

Proposal Procedures

 

Proposal narratives should not exceed four pages. Letters of support are in addition to the proposal narratives. Please include the following information:

 

  • Title of position, rank of appointment, department/s, college/s, and preferred year of search.
  • A draft of the job ad describing the position
  • An explanation of the significance of the desired areas of research and teaching specialization for the field, the university, the college, and the department.
  • A description of how the position would facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary ethics research as well as the integration of ethics into the curriculum and/or in outreach efforts. The description should explain how this work is likely to build on REI and University priorities.
  • An explanation of why the position is a good fit with the proposing department’s strategic initiatives, including how the position would meet specific departmental needs or build on existing areas of strength in research, teaching, and outreach.
  • A list of potential collaborating faculty from both within and outside the department and likely collaborative research areas that might be catalyzed through such a hire.
  • A statement of support from the relevant department heads.
  • A statement of support from the relevant deans, including an agreement of financial support (50% of salary and supplementary start-up costs. REI will provide up to $30k / $45k / $60k in matching start-up costs by rank.).

 

Complete proposals should be sent by email to rockethics@psu.edu

 

Review Process

 

  • Complete proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the REI Executive Committee consisting of the Institute directors and core faculty representing eight University Park colleges.
  • The REI Director and Deans’ Advisory Committee will review the Executive Committee’s rankings and make final decisions on approving cofunded searches.
  • In addition to the search committee members appointed by the department, REI will appoint a faculty representative to serve on the search committee.
  • The department will be responsible for advertising the search in appropriate venues. The Rock Ethics Institute will provide a template paragraph for the ad indicating that this is part of a larger initiative and requesting a statement of how the candidate’s work is relevant to the Rock vision, as well as a discussion of how their research and teaching would be augmented by such an appointment. The Rock will post all ads on their webpage.
  • Once the search committees identify the candidates they propose to bring to campus, the REI directors will review the candidates’ application files to ensure consistency with the REI vision and mission prior to approving the campus visits.
  • The Rock Ethics Institute will provide 50% of the funding for on campus visits and will coordinate with the department to ensure that candidates meet with appropriate REI faculty.
  • On-campus visits will include a job talk appropriate to the candidate’s field of research.  The talk will either incorporate or be followed by a discussion of the candidate’s areas of interest and expertise in ethics.
  • Departments will determine which candidate should be offered a position based on their typical hiring processes.
  • The department head will provide an explanation of the hiring choice. This, accompanied by a statement of the relevant Dean’s endorsement, is sent to the Director of the Rock Ethics Institute who must approve the decision prior to an offer being made.
  • Offer letters will include an explanation of the faculty member’s responsibility to the Rock Ethics Institute and the annual review process.

 

Once a hire is approved, the REI commits to paying up to 50% of the salary and a share of the start-up costs for a period of five years.  This commitment is conditional on the faculty member working with the Institute to make significant contributions to the University’s goals of enhancing ethics research and the integration of ethics into the curriculum.  To that end, 25 percent of the faculty member’s time will involve working on university ethics research and teaching initiatives sponsored and coordinated by the REI.  Cofunded faculty will receive a one-course teaching release to enable this work.  Another 25 percent of the faculty member’s time will be devoted to ethics initiatives in her/his department and college, as assigned in consultation with the department head.  Examples of such assignments might include developing and/or teaching an ethics-focused course, participating in a large grant application that includes a robust ethics dimension, or planning a workshop or event on a cutting edge ethics issue in their field.  The remaining 50 percent of the faculty member’s effort will be to conduct research and teach in her/his specialized field and perform appropriate departmental and college service. The co-funding is renewable after review every five years.