Director, School of Business Administration

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Middletown, PA
Full Time Academia Education General Business Management

Job Description

Director, School of Business Administration

Penn State Harrisburg, a comprehensive college of The Pennsylvania State University, one of the largest and most widely recognized institutions of higher education in the nation, invites applications and nominations for the position, Director, School of Business Administration. This academic administrative leader will have a collaborative, creative, and inspiring vision for the School of Business Administration. This is a senior leadership role at Penn State Harrisburg. Consequently, the School Director reports to the chief academic officer, serves on both the Academic Council and the Chancellor's Council, has responsibility for the development and evaluation of faculty and staff in the School and the management of the School's budget, oversees the School's AACSB accreditation and reporting, guides the strategic direction of SBA, and receives a competitive salary commensurate with the scope and portfolio of the position.

The School seeks an administrator with excellent communication skills; exceptional financial acumen; an understanding of the complexities of a multi-campus, land-grant university; a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion; knowledge of and experience with AACSB accreditation; skills for developing relationships with business and industry, including pursuit of external funding; a successful record of faculty and staff development; and relevant and proven experience with, and responsibility for, the promotion and tenure process for an interdisciplinary academic unit, including promotion of non-tenured faculty members. The Director will set the School standards for engagement, impact, innovation and promote high quality teaching, research, and service. The preferred candidate will possess: an earned doctorate in a discipline represented within the School; significant and proven experience in academic leadership at the level of dean, center director or department chair in an interdisciplinary unit; and an understanding of how to support programs in each of the academic units of SBA. The successful candidate will have a record of achievement that qualifies them for appointment as a full professor with tenure in the college. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2021 or until the position is filled.

The School of Business Administration is one of Penn State Harrisburg's five academic schools with over 45 highly regarded, full-time faculty members, in addition to six full-time and part-time staff members and over 30 adjunct faculty members. The School has a combined resident and online enrollment of about 1500 students and offers the following business undergraduate and graduate programs: Associate of Science in Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Project and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accounting, and Master of Science in Information Systems. These programs include a significant portfolio of online offerings. The School is AACSB accredited. In addition, the School is the home to four non-business baccalaureate degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology, Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design and Development, Bachelor of Science in Security and Risk Analysis, and Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations.

Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace. The administration, faculty, and staff of Penn State Harrisburg (PSH) take pride in the fact that PSH is one of the most diverse and inclusive campuses of Penn State University, and we are deeply committed to supporting a culturally, ethnically, and racially inclusive environment.

Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, near the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. The College is easily accessible via interstate and rail routes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York. Penn State Harrisburg has an enrollment of more than 5000 resident instruction students, including a broad, diverse and non-traditional population and brings nationally accredited academic programs, award-winning faculty, and the resources of a world-class research university to Pennsylvania's Capital Region. The College offers students the opportunity to earn baccalaureate degrees in 39 academic majors. As a graduate center, the College offers 22 master's degrees, 3 doctoral degree programs, and concurrent degrees programs in J.D./M.B.A., J.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.Ed. To learn more about the College and the School of Business Administration, please visit

Review of applications will begin in January 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information (i.e. e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for five references.

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