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Associate Dean, Access, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Education
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Associate Dean for Access, Equity, and Inclusion

Penn State University Park
Full time



The College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University is committed to transforming into an equity-driven, anti-racist college dedicated to generating positive social change by developing the next generation of educational scholars and practitioners (the current strategic plan: ). To date, the College’s commitment to its values, as detailed through the strategic plan, has been enacted through a variety of initiatives, including the hiring of a cohort of scholars committed to anti-oppressive research and praxis across programs, funding a post-doctoral scholar in equity pedagogy, sustained professional development for College leadership on anti-racist principles, the founding of a Social Justice in Education minor, and establishing an equity fellowship for faculty seeking to contribute to and advance the College’s strategic plan innovatively. To maintain this energy and extend these efforts, the College of Education seeks applicants for an Associate Dean for Access, Equity, and Inclusion who will coordinate, provide support for, and enhance ongoing efforts to enact the goals of our strategic plan. This will require fostering a culture that adeptly supports and leverages differences within the College community while building capacity and strength around a shared vision for equity and its importance in transforming education.


Appointment Conditions

This full-time 48-week appointment will report to the Dean of the College of Education and work collaboratively as a leadership team member. The appointment as Associate Dean will include a tenured faculty appointment in an appropriate department of the College. The intended start date is the Fall 2023 semester. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more. The College of Education is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty members. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce, and we encourage applications from individuals in historically underrepresented groups.



The successful candidate will work as a consequential member of the College’s leadership team to help reimagine and realize education through equity and anti-racist lenses, as outlined in our strategic plan. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinate, provide support for and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) activities across College structures;

  • Lead the Office of Education and Social Equity (OESE,, a highly visible student-facing hub of social justice efforts and programming in the College;

  • Participate and engage in the daily activities of OESE;

  • Provide leadership to the Equity Coalition, an aggregated team of equity leaders across the College;

  • Bring together and support an interdisciplinary group of scholars, students, and community members committed to praxis and transformative engagement;

  • Collaboratively plan and provide DEIB-focused professional development and community-building opportunities for students, staff, and faculty;

  • Work collaboratively to continue to develop, implement, and evaluate policies and practices related to teaching, research, and service, in alignment with our strategic plan;

  • Provide collaborative leadership and support for ongoing curriculum revisions that make way for implementing equity pedagogies;

  • Contribute to ongoing efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, staff, and student body;

  • Assess College climate and cultural competency to evaluate DEIB strategies and programs;

  • Help to identify potential resources and foster relationships and partnerships, internally and externally, to enhance DEIB progress;

  • Represent the College on University-level committees, initiatives, and programs focused on DEIB.


Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in education or a related field;

  • Record of distinguished academic achievement appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of an advanced associate or full professor in a department of the College;

  • Experience with leadership in higher education or community engagement;

  • Evidence of commitment to DEIB in teaching, research, service, and leadership;

  • Evidence of commitment to collegiality and collaboration.


To Apply

Please submit the following materials through the University’s employment website below:

  • A detailed letter that addresses how your interests and experiences related to the responsibilities of the position and the strategic priorities of the College;

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae;

  • Contact information (name, title, affiliation, email address, phone) for four academic references. These individuals may be asked to provide a letter at a later time.


Review of application materials will begin on March 10, 2023, however, the position will remain open until filled. Applications missing any items will not be considered. Nominations and inquiries may be sent to [email protected].


This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.



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