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Position: Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State

DEAN, COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS

 

The Pennsylvania State University seeks candidates for the position of Dean, College of the Liberal Arts. Penn State is the land-grant University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with the University Park campus as its administrative hub, 23 other campuses located throughout the state, and its online World Campus.  Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University, the Dean serves as the principal academic and administrative officer of the College. The Dean holds the Susan Welch Dean’s Chair and is known as the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. The Dean’s Chair was named in honor of Dean Welch with an endowment gift of $5 million in 2010.

The position requires a distinguished scholar and strong proponent of the liberal arts. The new dean will work aggressively to advance the College’s position as a leader among institutions of higher education in the creation and dissemination of knowledge for increasingly diverse and global constituencies. The successful candidate will be able to lead and manage the College in a multi-disciplinary and highly inter-disciplinary research university. Prior leadership experience with responsibility for strategic management of personnel, programs, communication, and resources is required, along with an ability to inspire students to expand their knowledge and understand their impact in a multicultural, global society.  In addition, the successful candidate should be a visionary leader; have a commitment to high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary education, as well as diversity and inclusion; a record of accomplishment in research, teaching, and fundraising; and familiarity with national issues affecting undergraduate and graduate education, with credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The College of the Liberal Arts, founded in 1909, has approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 850 graduate students enrolled in residence, and an additional 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in online certificate and degree programs delivered through the Penn State World Campus. The College’s faculty teach about 30 percent of all undergraduate credit hours at University Park and a higher percentage in the World Campus. The College has more than 700 full-time faculty members, about half of whom are on the tenure track, including many who are recognized leaders in their fields. Departments in the College span the humanities, social sciences, and the life sciences and many of the departments are among the top 10 of their peers in the last National Research Council rankings. Several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, within the College and across the University, enhance the College’s teaching, research, and outreach missions.  College centers support research ranging from ethics to cognitive neuroscience, from the Civil War to human evolution, and from the bilingual brain to counterterrorism.

The 2017-18 operating budget for the College is approximately $102 million, with the World Campus generating significant additional income. In 2016-17, the College had about $30 million in research expenditures. The College has an endowment of approximately $130 million with more than 600 active funds, and an annual fundraising commitment that averages $15 million per year.

The College provides instruction and research opportunities in 21 departments and schools—African American Studies; African Studies; Anthropology; Applied Linguistics; Asian Studies; Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies; Communication Arts and Sciences; Comparative Literature;  Economics; English; French and Francophone Studies; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; History; Jewish Studies; Labor and Employment Relations; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology and Criminology; Spanish, Italian and Portuguese; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

To apply for this position, send (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information of four references) via the University’s employment web site at https://psu.jobs/job/76213.  Please send any questions to the Chair of the Dean, Liberal Arts Search Committee at PSUSearch@psu.edu.  The Search Committee will review applications and nominations beginning February 1, 2018, and will continue to receive them until the position is filled.  For more information about the College of the Liberal Arts, visit our web site at http://www.la.psu.edu/.     

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Final candidate(s) for the position will be required to complete a full background check process, including education, employment, credit, motor vehicle verifications, criminal, and child abuse as appropriate.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and members of other protected groups.

Naseh Shari Awarded an RGSO Grant

Congratulations to Mohammad Naseh Nasrollahi Shahri, who received a grant to support his dissertation research through the Dissertation Support funding from the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) in the College of the Liberal Arts.

Michael Amory receives NFLMTA/MLJ grant

Doctoral candidate Michael Amory was awarded a dissertation support grant from the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (NFMLTA) / Modern Language Journal. Congratulations, Michael!

Jungwan Yoon receives STAR Award

Doctoral candidate Jungwan Yoon has been awarded a Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) Award from the College of the Liberal Arts. The award will support her attendance of the 4th Learner Corpus Research Conference in Bolzano/Bozen in Ocotber. Congratulations Jungwan!

 

Lantolf Research Center For Second Language Studies

On May 19, 2017 The School of Foreign Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China dedicated the Lantolf Research Center for Second Language Studies. The Center is named in honor of Professor James P. Lantolf, Director of Penn State’s Center for Language Acquisition and the Greer Professor in Language Acquisition & Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics. Professor Lantolf also received a Changjiang (Yangtze River) Scholar Award in Applied Linguistics in the School of Foreign Studies at Jiaotong University in 2016. The ceremony for this award, the highest academic honor given by the Chinese Ministry of Education, was also held on May 19, 2017 with the Vice-President representing the central administration of the university. 

Graduate Exhibition - 2nd & 3rd Place

Two of the department's doctoral candidates were honored for their work at the 2017 Graduate Exhibition, which was held on March 26. Pin-Yun (Ben) Wang was recognized with a 2nd Place Win for his research on “A Cognitive-Pragmatic Study on Modal Verbs of Possibility in Chinese: The Case of Neng”. Lindsey Kurtz was recognized for her research on “Conceptual Development of Analogical Reasoning in the Second Language Legal Classroom" with a 3rd Place Win. There were 200 graduate students who participated in the Arts & Humanities Research Presentation category this year, of which 41 students received awards. The story on Penn State News.

AAAL Award and RGSO to Katie Masters

Congratulations to Katherine (Katie) Masters was recognized for her work through a Graduate Student Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). She received the award at this year’s AAAL Conference in Portland, OR. Katie also received a grant to support her dissertation research from the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) in the College of the Liberal Arts.

Miso Kim receives STAR Award

Doctoral candidate Miso Kim has been awarded a Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) Award from the College of the Liberal Arts. Congratulations Miso!

Olesya Kisselev receives STAR Award

Doctoral candidate Olesya Kisselev has been awarded a Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) Award from the College of the Liberal Arts. Congratulations, Olesya!

Daisuke Kimura receives grant from TIRF

Congratulations to Daisuke Kimura, Ph. D. cand., who is a recipients of the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). The grant was awarded to Daisuke for his research on the interplay between English, plurilingualism, and nonverbal resources in Thai university campuses. Funding for his award has been provided by TIRF and the British Council.

Read the announcement on the TIRF Web site: http://www.tirfonline.org/2016/08/announcing-tirfs-2016-ddg-awardees/

Sandra A. Thompson Best Student Paper Award to Qian Wu

Congratulations to Qian Wu, Ph. D. cand., who has been honored with the Sandra A. Thompson Best Student Paper Award at the Fourth International Symposium on Chinese Language and Discourse (Bryant University, June 10-12), for her paper entitled "Communicating emotions in Chinese: A case study of an American student on a semester abroad in Shanghai."

Visiting Scholar Receives National Social Science Fund of China

Dr. Qin Lili, who is a visiting scholar in the Department this year, received the National Social Sciences Fund of China for her research project of Ecological Affordances Transformation Effectiveness in Technology-rich Foreign Language Learning Environment in China. This grant recognizes scholars who have excelled in social sciences studies in China. There are only about 260 projects grants for studies in linguistics all over China each year. Funds are provided to support research and academic activities that will advance the scholar’s professional and scholarly development. Dr. Qin Lili is sponsored by the Center for Language Acquisition and applied for the grant while at Penn State. Congratulations on the grant!

AAAL Graduate Student Council

Lindsey Kurtz, Ph.D. cand., took on her role as co-chair of the Graduate Student Council of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). The new GSC Steering Committee will continue to work to best serve the interests of the AAAL graduate student members worldwide. The team aims to support graduate student membersacademic and professional development; to foster closer inter-institution, student-student collaboration, and networking opportunities with scholars; to increase leadership and service opportunities for student members; and to promote ethnic, cultural, and academic diversity within the field. The GSC can be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AAALGrad), Twitter (https://twitter.com/AAALGrad?lang=en) and Instagram (AAALGRADS).

Dissertation Fellowship to Ben (Pin-Yun) Wang

 Pin-Yun (Ben) WangBen (Pin-Yun) Wang, doctoral candidate, was awarded a dissertation fellowship by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange The fellowship supports candidates to work on dissertations in the field of Chinese or Taiwan Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Congratulations to Ben for receiving this prestigious award!


APLNG Spring Newsletter

We posted our annual spring Newsletter. Take a look. http://aplng.la.psu.edu/alumni/aplng-newsletter

Abigail Kahn Fellow in Summer Program

Congratulations to Abigail Kahn, who has been accepted as a fellow for the Humanities Without Walls summer workshop for pre-doctoral students. The program will be held in Chicago, IL in July and August, 2016.

RGSO Grants to Lindsey Kurtz and Daisuke Kimura

RGSO Grants to Lindsey Kurtz and Daisuke Kimura

Dissertation Support

Congratulations to Lindsey Kurtz and Daisuke Kimura, who both received grant funding from the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) in the College of the Liberal Arts, that will support their dissertation research. 

Qian Wu Wins Award at the Graduate Exhibition

Qian Wu, doctoral candidate, won third prize at the 31st Graduate Exhibition in the Arts and Humanities Division for her research on "Learning Chinese as a Second Language in a Semester Abroad in China." Congratulation to Qian!

Michael Amory Receives STAR Award

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Michael Amory, who received a College of the Liberal Arts Superior Research and Teaching (STAR) Award. This award recognizes students who have excelled in all aspects of their graduate program. Funds are provided to support specific projects or activities that will advance the student’s professional and scholarly development.

New Book by Johnson and Golombek

Karen E. Johnson, the Kirby Professor in Language Learning and Applied Linguistics, and Paula R. Golombek (University of Florida) published a new book entitled Mindful L2 Teacher Education. A sociocultural perspective on cultivating teachers' professional development.

Taking a Vygotskian sociocultural stance, this book demonstrates the meaningful role that L2 teacher educators and L2 teacher education play in the professional development of L2 teachers through systematic, intentional, goal-directed, theorized L2 teacher education pedagogy. The message is resoundingly clear: Teacher education matters! It empirically documents the ways in which engagement in the practices of L2 teacher education shape how teachers come to think about and enact their teaching within the sociocultural contexts of their learning-to-teach experiences. Providing an insider’s look at L2 teacher education pedagogy, it offers a close up look at teacher educators who are skilled at moving L2 teachers toward more theoretically and pedagogically sound instructional practices and greater levels of professional expertise.

Johnson, K. E., & Golombek, P. R. (2016). Mindful L2 teacher education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal of Second Language Writing Best Article

The editorial board of the Journal of Second Language Writing selected Suresh Canagarajah’s article, "'Blessed in My Own Way': Pedagogical Affordances for Dialogical Voice Construction in Multilingual Student Writing," as the journal’s Best Article of the year. An honorable mention of the “Best Article” has been awarded to Xiaofei Lu and his co-authors Drs. Sarah Weigle and Weiwei Yang for "Different Topics, Different Discourse: Relationships among Writing Topic, Measures of Syntactic Complexity, and Judgments of Writing Quality." Congratulations to both!

 

Lindsey Kurtz Receives STAR Award

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Lindsey Kurtz, who received a College of the Liberal Arts Superior Research and Teaching (STAR) Award. This award recognizes students who have excelled in all aspects of their graduate program. Funds are provided to support specific projects or activities that will advance the student’s professional and scholarly development.

Canagarajah Receives Inaugural AAAL Book Prize

Translingual Practice authored by Suresh Canagarajah (APLNG) wins book prize from the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English and Asian Studies at Penn State, received the inaugural AAAL Best Book Award for his work Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations published by Routledge. The American Association for Applied Linguistics AAAL Best Book Award is to acknowledge a book that makes an exceptional contribution to a specific area of specialization or to the field as a whole within the discipline. Translingual Practice also won the 33rd Shaughnessy Award from the Modern Language Association and the 2014 BAAL Book Prize by the British Association for Applied Linguistics. More about the book on the departmental website. Book information at Routledge.

Read the press release from AAAL

James P. Lantolf Receives Award From AAAL

James P. Lantolf, the Greer Professor in Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics, was named the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA) by the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) He will be presented with the award at the annual conference of AAAL.

Read the full announcement by AAAL.

Lantolf and Poehner Receive MLA Mildenberger Award

James P. Lantolf and Matthew E. Poehner received the 33rd Kenneth W. Mildenberger Award from the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) for their book Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education (Routledge, 2014). This prestigious award is given to an outstanding scholarly book in the fields of language, culture, literature, or literacy with strong application to the teaching of languages other than English.

Read more on Penn State News

New APLNG Course in Spring 2016

Title: APLNG 297A: Peer Tutoring for Multilingual Writers

Who can enroll? The course is open to all undergraduate students who have completed their ENGL015 or ESL015 writing course.
When does it meet? Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Where? Ferguson Room 011
How many credits? 3
Description: In this course students will learn tutoring skills, become familiar with basic theory, engage in reflective writing and discussion, give and watch demonstrations, and participate in mini-workshops. Students will tutor an international student as a practicum project for this course.

CALPER Receives LRC Grant for 2014-2018

The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) received  its fourth grant from the U.S. Department of Education and will continue as a national Language Resource Center (LRC). This highly competitive program provides grants for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects.  

Visit the CALPER website

Suresh Canagarajah Receives MLA Shaughnessy Award

Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English and Asian Studies at Penn State, received the 33rd Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association (MLA) for his book "Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations," published by Routledge. This prestiguous award is given for an outstanding work on language, culture, literature, or literacy with strong application to the teaching of English.

Read the full story on Liberal Arts News.

Kimberly Buescher Wins Award at the Graduate Exhibition

Kimberly Buescher won third prize at the 30th Annual Graduate Research Exhibition in the Arts and Humanities Division for "Developing narrative literacy in a second language through concept-based instruction and a division-of-labor pedagogy." Kimberly received her doctoral degree in August 2015.