Architecture professor Wing named associate dean in Arts and Architecture

April 09, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Scott Wing, associate professor of architecture at Penn State, has been named associate dean for academic affairs and outreach in the College of Arts and Architecture, effective July 1. A member of the Department of Architecture faculty since 2000, including two years as interim department head, he brings experience in administration, academic advising, curricular affairs, recruitment and outreach to the position, which provides visionary and innovative leadership serving to strengthen the undergraduate and graduate programs in the college. He will also oversee the college’s outreach programs, including online course development, conferences and summer camps, and e-learning initiatives.

Wing, who has served as a Schreyer Honors College academic advisor for nearly 15 years, has focused on providing his students with experience in interdisciplinary, real world projects throughout his teaching career. He led the architecture design team for Penn State’s award-winning 2007 Solar Decathlon house and the 2014 Department of Energy Challenge Home (Race to Zero) Competition. He was awarded a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Prize for Creative Integration of the Academy and Practice for his collaborative work on tribal housing and community buildings for the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana.

Wing has also played a key role in curricular affairs of the architecture department, authoring a major revision to the undergraduate curriculum that has allowed students curricular time and space to pursue outside minors according to their individual interests. In addition, he has been integrally involved in the development of graduate programs in architecture including the new professional master’s degree. During his tenure as interim department head, he worked closely with College of Arts and Architecture colleagues on student recruitment and retention, focusing on improving the enrollment of underrepresented populations in the architecture department. The percentage of incoming underrepresented students more than doubled during this period.

“Scott brings a wealth of experience in all areas required for this position. His interdisciplinary teaching and research, experience in curricular affairs and recruitment, and clear dedication to his students and this college uniquely qualify him to serve as our associate dean for academic affairs and outreach, a position that requires broad knowledge of our programs and commitment to positioning us as a leader in education in the arts and design.”

Wing said he is excited about the prospects of this new appointment and continuing the strong support of student growth that has been a hallmark of the College of Arts and Architecture. “I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to assist our students' development as artists, designers and citizens at Penn State.”

Wing, who holds a bachelor of arts degree from Brown University and master of architecture degree from Princeton University, was previously assistant professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas, where he inaugurated the university’s affordable housing design-build program with the award-winning Habitat for Humanity house in 2000. Prior to forming his own practice, Wing worked with Kieran Timberlake Architects in Philadelphia. He served as vice president of the American Institute of Architects Northwest Arkansas Chapter. 

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    Scott Wing, associate dean for academic affairs and outreach in the College of Arts and Architecture

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Last Updated April 10, 2015