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Pennsylvania State University - Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion, College of Engineering

University Park, PA

Job Description

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks an accomplished, creative and visionary leader to serve in the inaugural position of Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion in the College of Engineering. This new, elevated and re-imagined role—originally primarily focused on undergraduates and now expanded to include all of the College’s constituents—is derived from and built on a history of inclusion coupled with the passion and vision of the new dean in tandem with overarching university-wide initiatives. Penn State is eager to invite nominations and applications for this associate dean role. The associate dean will serve as the College’s chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer, focused on inclusive excellence amongst all students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and community. 

The College of Engineering at Penn State is a leading academy for learning, discovery and engagement that is recognized worldwide for excellence in academic programs, research enterprise and service to the global engineering community. Innovation is a hallmark of Penn State Engineering, with unique programs such as the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory, Engineering Ambassadors and Formal Leadership, Entrepreneurial and Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship programs. The QS, Times Higher Education and Shanghai world university rankings, respectively, rate the College 20th, 22nd and 23rd in the U.S., and 9th, 12th and 15th amongst U.S. public colleges of engineering. Data obtained from Academic Analytics yields a ranking of 11th for number of citations and awards among all engineering programs in the U.S. The College is ranked 8th on the basis of number of research grants, and 4th with regard to number of faculty with published research articles. Its undergraduate program is the eighth largest in the U.S. according to ASEE and the alumni association is one of the largest in the world, with more than 95,000 living alumni. While being proud of its accomplishments, under the leadership of Dean Justin Schwartz, who joined Penn State in August 2017, the College is determined to strengthen and broaden its educational programs, advance its research portfolio, expand the faculty in emerging areas, and hence deepen its impact on society and achieve global preeminence. Dean Schwartz has outlined a bold vision for the College’s future and, as a member of the College’s leadership team, the associate dean will play a critical role in the realization of the College’s vision and execution of the plan. Additional information about the College of Engineering may be found at

Penn State is a public, land-grant, research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Annual enrollment at its 24 campuses totals more than 100,000 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States.

The College of Engineering is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for its students, faculty, staff and other constituents and nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. The associate dean for equity and inclusion will lead the College of Engineering’s effort in advancing inclusive excellence amongst, students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and community. The associate dean will manage outreach programs, educational opportunities and strategic planning, and ensure that faculty and student recruitment are aligned with the College’s goals. The associate dean will also be connected to the overarching university-wide diversity and inclusion agenda partnering with leaders across the university.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience serving as a proponent, convener and implementer of diversity and inclusion initiatives amongst students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and the community. They will have the ability to articulate a compelling vision for a culture of equity and inclusion and the skill to engage the community around this vision. They must possess the interpersonal skills to relate to all constituents within the College and develop collegial and productive relationships across the university and experience supervising a staff. Candidates must possess a terminal degree in a field of engineering or closely related field of study and have the credentials to receive tenure as a full professor in the College.

Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (CV, letter of interest and contact information for five professional references) should be sent via email to the University’s consultants, Suzanne Teer and Khalilah Lawson, at  The comprehensive leadership profile is available below. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 2, 2018. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge of and approval by the candidate. It is expected that the associate dean will be appointed by late April 2018.


The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas.  Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated.

Please note that final candidates for the position will be required to complete a background check process based on the requirements of the position including child abuse and criminal history checks.


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