Search begins for dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State has announced a national search for the next dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). Paula Milone-Nuzzo, dean of the College of Nursing, will chair the search committee.

Dean David Hall announced that he will step down from his position at the end of the academic year and return as a faculty member through the end of the 2015-16 academic year.

Serving faculty members that are among the top 10 in U.S. scholarly research productivity, the College of IST specializes in the interdisciplinary understanding of technology, information, people and society in diverse applications. The college is annually ranked among the nation’s top five online information technology programs and graduates students who go on to achieve challenging positions in all sectors of industry and the government.

“The College of IST has received national recognition as one of the top schools and is a prime example of Penn State’s high standards for academic excellence and research,” said Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost. “The successful candidate will demonstrate the qualities that epitomize Penn State including strong leadership and vision that will continue to establish the college as one of the best among its peer institutions.”

Established in 1997, the College of IST debuted a new state-of-the-art, 199,000 square-foot building in 2004 that houses 153 faculty members and more than 2,100 undergraduate students who have the opportunity to participate in 5,000 internships including international placements in Grenada and Africa as well as competitive positions with Google and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Applications, nominations and inquiries should be emailed to or mailed to Paula Milone-Nuzzo, chair, Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.

The search committee will review applications and nominations beginning March 7, and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the College of Information Sciences and Technology, visit

Members of the search committee are:

-- Blannie E. Bowen, vice provost for academic affairs;
-- David J. Christiansen, associate vice president and senior associate dean for Academic Programs, Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses;
-- Frederico T. Fonseca, associate professor of IST and director of Center for Innovation Online Learning, College of IST;
-- C. Lee Giles, David Reese professor of IST and director of Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory, College of IST;
-- J. Penny Huffman, IST liaison librarian, College of IST;
-- Madhavi Kari, director of career solutions and corporate engagement, College of IST;
-- Lynette M. Kvasny, associate professor of IST, College of IST;
-- Joyce M. Matthews, director of development, College of IST;
-- Paula F. Milone-Nuzzo, committee chair and dean, College of Nursing;
-- Donald R. Shemanski, professor of practice, College of IST;
-- Adam Z. Stavely, senior undergraduate IST student and IST diplomat;
-- Andrea H. Tapia, associate professor of IST, College of IST;
-- John Yen, professor of IST and director of strategic research initiatives, College of IST.

Last Updated February 03, 2015