NEW! The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) invites applications from departments across the Penn State system for a co-funded faculty position as part of the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA). Addressing one of the University’s Strategic Planning aims, Enhancing Health, this RFA is for the final of 12 strategic tenure track faculty hires. This major Penn State initiative aims to increase capacity for high impact, interdisciplinary, translational, and community-engaged collaborations to address substance use and addiction. Eligible departments are those that have not yet been awarded a CCSA co-funded faculty position. 

The selected department will join the following diverse group that have co-funded positions: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; biobehavioral health; education; geography; human development and family studies; psychology; industrial and manufacturing engineering; nursing; and sociology/criminology at Penn State University Park; neural & behavioral sciences at Penn State College of Medicine; and health policy and addiction studies at Penn State Harrisburg. We seek departmental proposals to recruit colleagues with strong interdisciplinary orientations, including scholars whose research advances theory and knowledge on the processes through which substance use and addiction emerge; on evidence-based policy, programs, and practices for effective prevention and intervention; and/or addresses spillover effects to families and communities. Proposals targeting faculty working in diverse areas are welcome, such as novel methods of data access and analysis, implementation and dissemination science, and health equity related to substance use prevention and treatment. Co-funded faculty members will be connected to one or more Penn State Centers of Excellence whose missions encompass issues of substance use and addiction such as the Addiction Center for Translation, Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics, Center for Health Care and Policy Research, Center for Educational Disparities Research, Center for Nursing Research, Child Study Center, Criminal Justice Research Center, Institute of State and Regional Affairs, Penn State Cancer Institute, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Population Research Institute, and Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. In this last phase of the strategic hire, we will consider proposals to recruit a scholar at any academic rank.

Departments interested in submitting a proposal for a SSRI co-funded hire should forward their proposal to the college dean; deans may submit up to two proposals for consideration by the CCSA Advisory Board by April 5, 2021. The Advisory Committee will review proposals for final decisions no later than May 10, 2021.

Go to for instructions for writing and submitting proposals. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Lanza ( or Susan McHale (



The Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse is currently recruiting for six co-funded faculty positions. The following departments are engaging in new faculty searches:

University Park

College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


For information about additional opportunities including faculty hires and non-tenure track positions, please visit this page.