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 are 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.

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 and program development;
  • assist with assessment and accreditation activities, curricular review, online and hybrid course and program delivery formats, faculty development; and
  • assist with 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;
  • 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; and
  • ability to work quickly and accurately under deadline pressures.

Applicants for this position must complete an online application at 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.

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. For more information and to apply, visit the official job posting found at

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. U.Ed. EDU 20-73