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Dean David H. Monk

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A Message from
Dean David H. Monk

Greetings and welcome to the Penn State College of Education. It’s my privilege to serve as the dean of this remarkable College.

If you are a prospective student, I encourage you to explore the numerous residential as well as online programs of study we offer, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The mission of the College of Education at Penn State is to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. This is a broad and exciting mission that permits us to focus on teaching and learning in many different content areas and with learners of many different ages, ranging from early childhood to adults. Our interest in the utilization of human capabilities connects us with fields like rehabilitation and human services and workforce education and development.

Our faculty members conduct research at the cutting edges of their respective fields and are also deeply committed to teaching and the preparation of future teachers, counselors, psychologists, administrators, therapists, and policy analysts. We pride ourselves on the utilization of evidence to solve problems and to improve practice throughout the field of education.

If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. We monitor the address regularly and try to respond to questions promptly. You can also reach the dean’s office at (814) 865-2526.

I encourage all visitors to this site to explore the richness of the College of Education at Penn State. Please let us hear from you if you have any questions or need additional information. Again, welcome and best wishes.


About the Dean

David H. Monk is professor of educational administration and dean of the College of Education at Penn State.

He earned his A.B. in 1972 at Dartmouth College, his Ph.D. in 1979 at the University of Chicago, and was a member of the Cornell University faculty for 20 years prior to becoming dean at Penn State in 1999.

He has also been a third grade teacher and has taught in a visiting capacity at the University of Rochester and the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France.

Monk is the author of Educational Finance: An Economic Approach (1990); Raising Money for Education: A Guide to the Property Tax (1997) (with Brian O. Brent); and Cost Adjustments in Education (2001) (with William J. Fowler, Jr.), in addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals. He was the inaugural co-editor of Education Finance and Policy – The Journal of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (MIT Press) and serves on the editorial board of that journal in addition to serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Education Finance, Educational Policy, and the Journal of Research in Rural Education.

He consults widely on matters related to educational productivity and the organizational structuring of schools and school districts and is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.


Contact Information

David H. Monk, Dean
College of Education
274 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802