Assistant/Associate Dean for Access and Equity

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University Park, State College, PA, USA
  • Feb 11, 2021
Full time Architecture Design (all areas) Deans & Directors Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Multicultural Affairs

Job Description


Assistant/Associate Dean for Access and Equity

College of Arts and Architecture | The Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and its values of integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence, and community as its core ethical aspirations for all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. The College's Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion offers a vision of a college that promotes and values diversity and inclusivity while striving to end racism, prejudice, and discrimination in all forms. Furthermore, the college embraces individual uniqueness, seeks to foster a culture of inclusion, supports a range of diversity initiatives, and leverages education, research, creative activity, and institutional benefits of diversity and belonging. We posit diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are essential to our professional, leadership, and public service efforts.


The College of Arts and Architecture seeks candidates for the position of Assistant/Associate Dean for Access and Equity. The successful candidate will be the inaugural holder of this position which also comes with a tenured academic/faculty appointment in the appropriate disciplinary unit within the college. This full-time, 48-week administrative position will report to the dean of the College of Arts & Architecture.

The College of Arts and Architecture seeks a leader who will develop a distinctive vision for access, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. As such, the successful candidate will be the lead administrator in the college charged with the key responsibilities of (1) advancing access, equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and retention, efforts for students, staff, and faculty in the college; (2) motivating and sustaining a college-wide culture that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion and belonging, and promotes equity and equitable practices; and (3) assessing and promoting the impact of these efforts throughout policies and practices within the college. In this role, the assistant/associate dean will guide the college toward pursuing and achieving the goal articulated in the College's strategic plan dedicated to establishing a culture of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity through our values, standards, ideals, policies, and practices. This goal includes actively upholding anti-racist and anti-oppression standards and ideals within curricula, procedures, policies, and programs. As the leader in the college in access, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, the successful candidate must be able to engage effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, donors, and friends within and outside of the College to advance initiatives and realize goals and actions. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • work closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity
  • serve on the Administrative Council on Multicultural Affairs;
  • contribute to University-wide programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • oversee progress on College's strategic goal on anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity;
  • serve as ex officio member of the College's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee;
  • work closely with the College's multicultural coordinator and the equity, diversity, and inclusion administrators in the units in the College;
  • support faculty and staff through facilitation of professional development opportunities, mentoring, and advocacy.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references via the University's employment website ( To nominate a candidate or if you have questions, write to Mallika Bose (, Chair of the Search Committee and Associate Dean for Research, Creative Activity, and Graduate Studies. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Search procedures will be facilitated by video conferencing technologies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.


The Pennsylvania State University is a land-grant Research I university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855 as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania, and later known as the Pennsylvania State College, Penn State conducts teaching, research, and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery.

The University Park campus is the flagship campus for the university, along with 20 commonwealth campuses across the state serving undergraduate and graduate students and five specialized campuses offering law, medical, graduate and technical programs. During the fall 2020 semester, approximately 39,809 undergraduate students and 6,092 graduate students were enrolled at University Park, 8,865 undergraduate students and 6,486 graduate students were enrolled in World Campus, and an additional 25,772 undergraduate and 1,461 graduate students were enrolled at commonwealth campuses.”

Across all campuses, Penn State offers more than 160 undergraduate majors and many more graduate and certificate programs. With a total enrollment of roughly 88,485 the University is one of the largest in the world. Penn State's alumni base also continues to rapidly grow and expand with more than 22,000 degrees awarded annually. The number of living alumni currently stands at approximately 700,000; these alumni hail from all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries across the globe.

Fundamental to the University and its strategic plan is Penn State's priority in advancing the arts and humanities. Like its strongest peers, Penn State possesses vibrant arts and humanities programs that are meaningful to its students and its broader communities. A cornerstone of Penn State's strategic plan highlights the arts and the University embraces the vital role of the arts and humanities, utilizing them- along with the sciences and other disciplines-as agents of change in addressing complex global issues.

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Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Architecture prepares artists, designers, scholars, teachers, performers, and professional practitioners to further research and creative activity; to interpret and preserve cultural heritage; and to engage communities of the Commonwealth and beyond.

Vision Statement

To be nationally and internationally recognized as scholars, innovators, and practitioners who integrate arts and design research, creative practice, and transformative learning and teaching, in order to investigate, inspire, and improve cultural, social, and environmental conditions.

College of Arts & Architecture Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

The College of Arts and Architecture is a vibrant community consisting of artists, performers, researchers, designers, educators, staff, and students. We are actively committed to cultivating a respectful, inclusive community by valuing creative and critical expression. We intentionally produce scholarship and programming that transforms latent bias, inequity, and racism into socially just and inclusive policies, practices, and procedures. Recognizing the arts' power to change minds and hearts, we use art, design, visual culture, and art education pedagogies and resources to support diverse voices and viewpoints in the acts of imagining and shaping a more equitable future.

The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theatre, visual arts, graphic design, art history, architecture and landscape architecture, a center for the performing arts, and a university art museum. The college is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, community engagement, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. There are approximately 1,450 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college.

The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Music, the School of Theatre, Penn State School of Visual Arts, and the Department of Art History; as well as the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design, which are housed in the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The college also includes the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State Centre Stage and Penn's Woods Music Festival, which collectively serve as important cultural resources that provide educational engagement programs for Penn State and area communities. In addition, the college is home to a number of research centers, institutes and initiatives, which foster a vibrant culture of inquiry that promotes excellence within the arts and design disciplines, while at the same time leveraging the potential of a comprehensive research university. The college is housed in sixteen buildings on the University Park campus. It includes performance spaces, gallery/exhibition spaces, a lighting and design lab, computer labs, special subject libraries, specialized studios and a stage lighting archive.

The College is led by Dean B. Stephen Carpenter II, who assumed the role in January 2020. Prior to serving as Dean, Carpenter was a professor of art education and African American studies and interim director of Penn State's School of Visual Arts.

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The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in Centre County in central Pennsylvania. State College has a population of approximately 42,000 residents and is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required qualifications

  • A terminal degree in one of the academic areas/disciplines within the college, with qualifications commensurate with tenure requirements at Penn State;
  • Vision, commitment, and evidence of advancing anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity among students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • Experience as a successful, tenure-line faculty member;
  • Record of publications, creative practice, and accomplishments in diversity, equity, access, anti-racism, anti-oppression;
  • Evidence of impact concerning access, equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and/or retention efforts as a scholar, mentor, and/or instructor.
  • Record of identifying and securing federal, foundation, and other sources of funding to support diversity, equity, access, anti-racism, anti-oppression programs or initiatives.

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and advancing diverse and inclusive arts and design practices, communities, and engagements;
  • Record of successful collaboration across organizational/institutional units, communities, and boundaries, arts/design programs, school programs, and other engagement programs;
  • Organizational skills as an academic administrator, preferably at or above the rank of assistant/associate department head;
  • Experience with budget oversight, resource management, grant funding, and revenue generation;
  • Experience working in a large and complex university or arts institution;
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in the design, implementation, and assessment of diversity, equity, anti-racism, anti-oppression programs and workshops;
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission and vision of the College of Arts & Architecture;
  • Inquiry-based and collaboration-based approach to leadership, research, and creative practice, strategic planning, collaborative team-building, and implementation;
  • Excellent oral and written skills as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Application Details

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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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