Pennsylvania State University — Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

Penn State's College of Education at University Park is looking for a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Dean's senior leadership team as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. Penn State and the College of Education is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. With a visionary Dean and a strong and dedicated faculty and leadership team, the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs will build upon the College's teaching excellence, experiential education, and community engagement to articulate holistic academic vision that celebrates the distinctiveness of our students. Reporting directly to the Dean, the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs will work in close partnership with the Dean to provide leadership and oversight of faculty affairs and activities that implement the College's strategic plan and contribute to the college's mission. As a key member of the Dean's leadership team, the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs will hold primary responsibility for all academic programs, program development, assist with assessment and accreditation activities, curricular review, online and hybrid course and program delivery formats, faculty development, and academic support services such as promotion and tenure and sabbatical leave processes. Candidates must possess a terminal degree and credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment as Full or Associate Professor (full is preferred, but an advanced associate on track for promotion will be considered). Successful candidates will have a strong record of academic administrative experience that demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence and faculty success; support for shared-governance and collegial leadership; appreciation of Penn State's land-grant mission of teaching, research and service to the university, college, profession as well as our communities; and a thorough understanding of issues and trends affecting higher education. Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with senior level officials within the College and University; ability to work quickly and accurately under deadline pressures. Applicants for this position must complete an on-line application and include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and the contact information for at least four professional references. The letter of interest should include evidence of a commitment to fostering a learning community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020 or earlier. The search committee will begin review of applications on January 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Please contact the search committee chair Dr. P. Karen Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Education, at with questions about the position. Penn State ( is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society`s public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State is responsible for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. The College of Education ( at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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