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Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted Dec. 10, 2021
Title Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University Pennsylvania State University
Erie, PA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Humanities - General
Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Penn State Behrend invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS). The Director serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School (duties comparable to those of a Dean) and reports to the Chancellor. The School has 78 full-time faculty members and offers seven Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication; English; General Arts and Sciences; History; Political Science; Psychology; and Digital Media, Arts, and Technology. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing; Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Elementary and Early Childhood Education; and a Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology.

School initiatives include the Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) program; Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Outreach, Research, and Evaluation(CORE); the literary journal Lake Effect; the Logan Series, Music at Noon concerts; labs for digital cinematography, virtual and augmented reality, and digital humanities; and a radio station, television studio, and newspaper. Since the majority of General Education courses are housed in the School, H&SS faculty teach nearly every student at Penn State Behrend.

Candidates should have a teaching and research record with credentials commensurate for an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure in one of the School's academic disciplines, inclusive of a terminal degree or its equivalent in organized research or professional practice, a demonstrable record of administrative experience and strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively with campus and university administrators on behalf of a diverse group of students and faculty from a broad range of disciplines; contribute to the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs; exemplify a commitment to shared governance; participate in the design and implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives; and actively engage in fundraising and outreach efforts.

Essential duties of the Director include the following:
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and key stakeholders to provide a strategic vision for the School and implement strategic planning initiatives.
  • Cultivate and maintain an inviting, collaborative, and productive atmosphere for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Recruit and support a diverse faculty committed to undergraduate and graduate teaching.
  • Advocate for faculty and support their productive program of teaching, research, and service.
  • Secure faculty and staff hiring and other resource allocations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners and prospective employers.
  • Steward the academic, service, and outreach mission of the School.
  • Provide leadership in curricular development, implementation, and assessment in collaboration with the faculty.
  • Support, guide, and evaluate faculty members through promotion and tenure; evaluate faculty and staff members for annual review.
  • Lead efforts in the recruitment and retention of students by developing strategies to increase interest and enrollment.
  • Enhance the visibility of the School.
  • Manage the School's budgets.
  • Secure gifts and endowments working with the Chancellor and the Office of Development and University Relations.
  • Apply and develop policies that reflect the interests of students, faculty, staff, college, and University.
  • Provide visible and active leadership for the College's commitment to diversity across all programs and initiatives.

Penn State Behrend ( is a highly respected, comprehensive four-year and graduate College of Penn State. Students, faculty, and staff enjoy a vibrant campus community and the extraordinary beauty of the College's 854-acre setting in the suburbs of Erie, Pennsylvania. The institution's 5,000 students can choose from 37 baccalaureate majors and 23 minors, four associate degree programs, and five masters programs including Accounting, Applied Clinical Psychology, Business Administration, Manufacturing Management, and Project Management. The College is organized into four schools: Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science. There are 280 full-time and 75 part-time faculty. Penn State Behrend currently has more than 50 buildings on campus, including residential housing for 1,750 students. Our students hail from 36 states, districts, and territories, and 44 countries. We have more than 100 student clubs/organizations as well as award-winning speaker and chamber music series that enrich campus life. A strong NCAA Division III athletics program features 22 varsity teams.

Erie is a metropolitan area of 280,000 and is located on Lake Erie's beautiful Presque Isle Bay. The region has a favorable cost of living, offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational resources, has a strong manufacturing base, and is in close proximity to metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo.

Please send names of nominees and inquiries to:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload the following at time of application: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references.

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.

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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.


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