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Don Davis Professorship in Ethics - Penn State University

Posted:Nov 9, 2016

State College

Penn State University

Penn State’s College of Communications is seeking candidates with a track record of leadership on issues of ethics, integrity and social responsibility in the media and public communication for the Don Davis Professorship in Ethics starting in August 2017. The holder of this prestigious position will be expected to administer an ethics-across-the-curriculum program in the College; represent the College in ethics-related initiatives and programs at the University; and provide leadership on ethical issues for the professions and the public.

Preferred candidates will have the experience needed to teach in one of the College’s curricular departments: Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism, Media Studies/Film Video, and Telecommunications. In addition, candidates should have the capacity and commitment to collaborate in multi-disciplinary research and grant opportunities across the University. A terminal degree is preferred, but not required. Rank will be determined based on qualifications of the ideal candidate.

The Don Davis Professorship in Ethics was founded in 2005 through the generous support of Don Davis Jr., a 1942 graduate of Penn State and the retired chairman and CEO of Stanley Works. The College of Communications has a long history of emphasizing the importance of ethics and social responsibility through both its curriculum and practice. It has two endowed lecture series on the topic: the Donald W. Davis Symposium in Advertising Ethics and the N. N. Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics. In 2004, the College also launched the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication, whose research and programming centerpiece is ethics and responsibility. A course in media ethics is required of all journalism majors. In addition, questions of ethics, fairness, responsibility, credibility and good citizenship are woven into the fabric of the majority of courses throughout the entire College curriculum. More broadly, Penn State is home to the Rock Ethics Institute and a world leader in multiple disciplines now at the center of urgent public communications and policy discussions—energy, environment, water, agricultural biotechnology, engineering, medicine, sustainability, climatology, corporate social responsibility, and ICT4D, among many others.

Applicants should include a cover letter, CV, and three or more references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation (references will not be contacted without prior approval of the applicant). Submit application materials at For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Russell Frank, at Review of applications will begin on Dec. 1, 2016, and continue until filled. The 2017-18 academic year at Penn State begins July 1; Fall classes begin Aug. 21.

Penn State provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Penn State complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location where the University has facilities.

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