Jaffe appointed Smeal's associate dean for international programs

September 16, 2014

Austin J. Jaffe, the Philip H. Sieg Professor of Business Administration, has been appointed associate dean for international programs — a new role that will build on the college’s strategic efforts in international engagements.

For the past 12 years, Jaffe has participated in global education efforts as director of the college’s Office of International Programs, through which he has helped make Smeal a leader among Penn State academic units in global program participation.

“It is more important than ever that our students graduate from Smeal with a broader perspective. Study abroad experiences broaden our students’ worldview and enable them to better understand the cultures and societies of our shrinking planet,” said Jaffe. “Our efforts in this area have been positive, and I’m confident that we can keep providing students with more avenues to explore business-related issues around the globe.”

“It is more important than ever that our students graduate from Smeal with a broader perspective. Study abroad experiences broaden our students’ worldview and enable them to better understand the cultures and societies of our shrinking planet."

-- Austin Jaffe, associate dean for International Programs, Smeal College of Business

About 25 percent of Smeal students study abroad, either for a semester or in an extended-duration summer program, at some point in their college careers. In addition, Smeal’s minor in international business is the most popular minor offered on Penn State’s University Park campus.

“We recognize the importance of preparing our students to work in an increasingly global business environment, and the access we provide to various forms of international engagement is critical to this preparation,” said Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “Austin’s experience in and dedication to this area will greatly benefit the college as we continue to create international opportunity for our community.”

In addition to his commitment to international programs, Jaffe is widely recognized throughout the world as a real estate authority and serves as associate director of Smeal’s Institute for Real Estate Studies. Prior to being named associate dean, he served as chair of the Department of Risk Management.

Before arriving at Penn State in 1981, he taught at the University of Oregon and has held faculty appointments at several prestigious international universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate and finance, a master’s degree in finance and a doctoral degree in real estate and finance, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Last Updated September 16, 2014