Alumni Notices

Job Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor of Geography and Global Ethics, Penn State

The Department of Geography ( and The Rock Ethics Institute at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor rank. We seek an individual whose research explores the social, political, racial, technological and/or environmental dimensions of human vulnerability and global ethics. An ideal candidate will have a well-developed approach to ethical reflection in their research and teaching, and we expect this new faculty member to contribute to campus- wide global ethics initiatives. Candidates should combine cutting-edge theoretical expertise that is well positioned for extramural funding, with a strong commitment to teaching with engagement in research. We seek candidates that adhere to Penn State’s tripartite mission of excellence in research, teaching and service.

This position is one of twelve tenure-track appointments funded by Penn State ( to augment its mission in the important area of ethics. The university is embarking on a transformative series of co-funded hires in ethics designed to ensure that Penn State becomes a leader in ethics-informed interdisciplinary research and the integration of ethical literacy throughout the Penn State curriculum. Co-funded faculty will be hosted as affiliate faculty in the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute ( The Rock Ethics Institute supports climate science, policy and ethics, and global ethics among its priority areas. With this position, we are seeking candidates who will build upon the Department’s and the Rock Ethics Institute’s tradition of excellence in collaborative, interdisciplinary ethics research and ethically informed decision support for significant societal issues, as well as their success in integrating ethics into the curriculum. We are looking for individuals who will be effective in working on and leading interdisciplinary teams that embed ethical analysis into research projects including decision support research and who have experience and interest in integrating ethics in undergraduate and graduate curricula. Faculty who are hired will be Affiliate Faculty in the Rock Ethics Institute and will receive a one-course release for the first five years designed to enhance collaboration with faculty and students on existing ethics research and curricular initiatives as well as build new initiatives and programs across campus in conjunction with the Institute’s mission.

Applicants should upload: 1) a letter describing how they would contribute to the Department’s teaching and research program; 2) a statement of how their work is relevant to the University and Rock vision and how such a position is likely to augment their own work; 3) a complete curriculum vitae; 4) a maximum of five reprints; and 5) the names and addresses (including e- mail and fax) of three to five referees. Please combine the requested application materials into an appropriate number of PDF documents to upload into the system. Review of applications will begin January 12, 2016, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Apply online at

Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lorraine Dowler, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 308 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802; Phone: (814) 863-1606; Fax: (814) 863-7943; E-mail:

Other Notices

Academics Protest Facebook’s Censorship
Greetings from a hot summer in Turkey and hope this message will find you all well. The protest wave here has changed everything and it continues to change even more. I was going to ask for a support from you. Facebook has agreed with the Turkish government to censor political opposition content and group pages that have been quite active in recent political mobilization. So, a large number of popular opposition pages have been closed down recently. Now, there is a campaign among academics to condemn Facebook and to call for more freedom of speech on the social media. Since Facebook is a US corporation which puts extensive emphasis on company reputation, support from the US academy is of great importance to effect Facebook’s decision. If Facebook continues to collaborate with the Turkish government, this might cause further collaborations with governments of other countries, as well.
Erdem Yoruk

Stirred, Not Shaken: The Social Sciences Are Already Shaking
The response by Robert Kaplan to the recent Christakis New York Times editorial on the decline of the traditional social sciences

Thanks to Alum Tom Dial for sending us this Dilbert Nurture vs Nature Comic Strip

Travis Gosa (2008) opines on the 50th anniversary MLK March

Trying to find Alum outside of Academic Sociology, see link Directory of Alums Outside Sociology