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About the Dean

Dean Kimberly A. LawlessKimberly A. Lawless is professor of education (educational psychology) and dean of the College of Education at Penn State. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut in 1996; her M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1994; and her B.A. in psychology from Boston College in 1991. She joined the College in fall 2019 after a 20-year career at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she most recently held the position of associate dean for research in that institution’s College of Education.

Lawless' research, which garnered more than $30 million in grants and contracts during her time at UIC, focuses on the meaningful integration of educational technology with an emphasis on seventh- and eighth-grade students’ STEM and writing skills development.

She has been recognized throughout her career with several honors and awards, which most recently include the 2018 Distinguished Researcher in the Social Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and the 2016 Best Paper Award from the Cognition and Engaged Learning in the Digital Age Conference (CELDA).

Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Research & Grant Administration

Research & Grant Administration

Office of Education and Social Equity

Office of Education and Social Equity