Graduate assistantship (Penn State University/Shaver's Creek Environmental Center)

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 8:00am


United States

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We are looking for a PhD student to undertake research on residential experiences and their value as part of mainstream educational provision. The research will draw on literature at the intersection of outdoor recreation, experiential learning, environmental education, and social-emotional development. The specifics of the research design will be developed by the student, in collaboration with their academic advisor and committee, and the Outdoor School staff.  There are extensive opportunities for collaborations on campus with different departments and research centers such as The Rock Ethics Institute. The chair of the students committee will be Dr Derrick Taff. 


Graduate Assistantship at Shaver’s Creek 

The assistantship for this research is for a 2-5 year period dependent on successful progress. The successful candidate will be a student in RPTM where they will work for approximately 5 hours per week as a research assistant. They will work for approximately 15 hours per week primarily as a Shaver’s Creek teaching assistant. The logistics of working between campus and Shavers Creek mean that use of personal car for transport will be required. 


Candidate information 

·       The successful candidate will be highly motivated and have a demonstrable interest and background in outdoor experiential leadership. They will be articulate and capable of critical analysis of research in outdoor education / residential education. 

·       The assistantship covers tuition fees and a generous stipend for the fall and spring semesters. Additional scholarships, fellowships, and opportunities for summer funding may be available.

·       We will begin seeking applicants during the fall of 2019, and the successful candidate will begin studies August 2020.

How to Apply:

For Initial Inquiries, please send Dr. Derrick Taff ( a 1) letter of interest, and 2) a current resume with three references, no later than December 1, 2019.

To be considered for graduate school within RPTM, applicants must apply through Penn State’s Graduate School at by December 15th, 2019 to be considered for fall 2020 admittance. 

Job Compensation:

Academic Credit