Nominations sought for internal department head search

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's College of Education has launched an internal search for head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE). Currently, David Lee, professor of education (special education), is serving as interim department head.

Nominations, including self-nominations, along with comments about the future leadership needs of the department, are requested as soon as possible, as it is hoped the search process will conclude before the end of this semester. Send nominations and feedback to Dean David Monk at with a copy to Cori Donaghy at The dean will share names and comments with the search advisory committee.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Provide dynamic and creative leadership for the department; 
  • Exercise academic leadership, administrative authority, and budget management over all departmental programs in instruction, research and service, including programs delivered through the World Campus;
  • Determine faculty teaching assignments and staff assignments;
  • Evaluate and make recommendations concerning promotion, tenure and salary merit increases;
  • Maintain a positive climate of professional productivity and cooperation among faculty and staff in the programs of the department;
  • Manage the department operating budget;
  • Mentor junior faculty;
  • Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff;
  • Serve as chief administrative officer of the department;
  • Become involved with fundraising activities for the college and department; and
  • Pursue relevant scholarship, research and teaching. 

The successful candidate also will work effectively with students, faculty, staff and administrative personnel in the college and the University, as well as with schools, state, national and international agencies; effectively represent the department within the college and University communities; have a willingness to become knowledgeable about and involved with fiscal operations, including fundraising; have an interest in online education, including the development of World Campus-delivered programs of study; and maintain a supportive and nurturing climate for faculty, staff and students.

Any nominee we approach who expresses a willingness to serve if the position is offered will be asked to share his/her views of the department and its leadership needs at an open forum that will include faculty, staff and students.

Members of the search advisory committee are Jim DiPerna, Jeff Hayes, James Herbert, Deirdre E. O'Sullivan, Mary Catherine Scheeler, Peggy Van Meter and Carlos Zalaquett.

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Last Updated November 21, 2017