Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education (Executive)

Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education (Executive)

Job Description:

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, a senior-level University leader who reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost. The Vice President and Dean has a broad range of responsibilities spanning the interrelated areas of undergraduate education and enrollment management, and is a member of the President’s Council, the Academic Leadership Council, and Provost’s Staff. The Vice President and Dean also serves as a liaison to the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee of the University Board of Trustees.

The Vice President and Dean promotes student learning and academic success through innovative development of the core curriculum and leadership to ensure academic coherence among undergraduate programs; opportunities to enhance student engagement outside the classroom; programming and advising to support students’ introduction to college and transitions as continuing or transfer students; educational programs and opportunities to recruit, support and retain a diverse student body; and effective collaborations with academic colleges and across the University’s campuses.

The Vice President and Dean works closely with the deans of the University Park colleges, the Senior Vice President for the Commonwealth Campuses and Penn State campus chancellors, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the University Faculty Senate. The Administrative Committee on Undergraduate Education – composed of the associate deans for undergraduate education, World Campus, and Schreyer Honors College and other administrative and student representatives – is advisory to the Vice President and Dean and responsible for devising procedures to enact Senate policy and other undergraduate academic and student policies.

The Vice President and Dean is responsible for several administrative and service units that further the University’s commitment to teaching, learning, and student success. Units within the Office of Undergraduate Education include the Division of Undergraduate Studies, which enrolls exploratory students that compose about 20 percent of the entering undergraduate class; the Office of General Education, which administers the University-wide core curriculum; the Office for Summer Session, which coordinates the delivery of robust portfolio of courses for new and continuing students; the Student Orientation and Transition Programs, which coordinates the acclimation of new first-year students and the transition of students among the residential campuses; the Morgan Academic Center, which supports student athletes; Penn State Learning, which provides a wide range of tutoring and guided study group resources; the Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center; the Reserve Officer Training Corps; the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring Offices; the Intercollege Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor; and the Office for Prior Learning Assessment, which maintains an inventory of approved transfer courses from other institutions and acquisition of credit via testing and experiential learning. The Student Engagement Network is a collaboration among Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, and University Outreach to support engaged scholarship outside the classroom.

The Office of Undergraduate Education also provides an administrative home for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, which offers teaching consultant services and strategies, assistance in learning and program assessment, grants for teaching transformation and innovation, and the Pollock Testing Center, which provides scanning and computer testing services. A new Student Success Center administers the University’s Open Doors scholarship program and provides assistance to students nearing graduation.

The Vice President and Dean is also responsible for coordinating enrollment management and planning across the 20 campuses offering undergraduate programs, as well as registrar and student aid services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in law and medicine University-wide, with a total enrollment of nearly 100,000 students receiving over $1 billion in federal, state, and institutional financial aid. The Enrollment Management units comprise the Undergraduate Admissions Office, the University Registrar, and the Office of Student Aid.




The Pennsylvania State University


The successful candidate for the position of Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education will have credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor and a demonstrated record of outstanding achievement and commitment to the scholarship of teaching, research, and service. The ability to lead in a multifaceted and complex organization with a broad range of student and faculty interactions and proven experience as an effective administrator are essential qualities for the Vice President and Dean. Personal characteristics of high energy and integrity, capacity to work with others, ability to resolve problems, and sound judgment are essential. Experience in fund-raising to obtain external support for large projects is desirable.


To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references via the University’s employment website (

Application Deadline:

until filled

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