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Postdoctoral Scholar
Pennsylvania State University in the University Park, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted 04/01/2020
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled


The College of Education invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar for Penn State’s Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI). RJI is a university-wide coalition of faculty members, graduate students, staff, and community groups dedicated to restoring and empowering individuals that are incarcerated through education and meaningful engagement in civic life. RJI, supported by the Provost’s Office, has initiated a broad effort to expand reentry and education opportunities in the state correctional facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The development of a more comprehensive program is an important next step to widen the scope of RJI’s impact. 

One of the strategic goals is to credential the courses offered in the correctional facilities and, ultimately, create a prison education program that provides students in the facilities an opportunity to earn a degree. The Postdoctoral Scholar, through scholarship, research, and practice will help RJI build an alliance that can support the infrastructure necessary to sustain a statewide prison education program. RJI aims to reshape the educational and carceral landscapes of the state and provide co-curricular opportunities and career preparation services that will enhance students’ readiness to succeed. 

In order to support the development of a high-quality program, the Postdoctoral Scholar will:

  • Provide curricular, supervisory and research support to help the program grow strategically, collaboratively, and responsibly

  • Support research and evaluation initiatives related to rehabilitation, reentry and education

  • Support programmatic development, teaching, supervision, and program administration, as well as collaborative efforts to help scale-up the program

  • Help foster cross-collaborative partnerships with faculty and develop curriculum materials and educational resources that facilitate in-person and online instruction

There will be a dual reporting line for the position which will be connected to the Office of the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Programs and the Director of the Restorative Justice Initiative.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. 

Applicants should have successfully defended their dissertation before beginning this post-doctoral position. A complete application will include a cover letter, CV, and three references on their CV who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Efraín Marimón, Director of the Restorative Justice Initiative. All materials must be received by December 31, 2019 to receive full consideration. Applications received subsequent to that date will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Start date is flexible depending on candidate’s availability.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

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