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Director, Morgan Academic Center

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 24, 2023

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Director, Morgan Academic Center

The Office of Undergraduate Education at the Pennsylvania State University, in partnership with Penn State Athletics seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of the Morgan Academic Center, which provides comprehensive learning services to student-athletes in support of the academic and athletic missions of the University at University Park. The Director reports directly to the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education and provides administrative leadership, oversight, and coordination for effective and innovative programs delivered by the staff of the Morgan Academic Center while working collaboratively with senior executive leadership in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as a member of the ICA Senior Leadership Team. The Morgan Academic Center, which moved into a new facility in June 2016, provides approximately 32,000 square feet of academic support space for use by over 800 student-athletes across 31 teams. The Director manages a team of approximately eighteen, with six direct reports, including learning specialists, academic counselors, and support staff.

Penn State Athletics (ICA) is a Division I Athletic department and proud member of the Big Ten Conference. ICA is committed to preparing student-athletes for a lifetime of impact. Driven by a commitment of comprehensive excellence, ICA will serve our student-athletes by creating conditions for their success so they can maximize their full potential. ICA engages with our collective Penn State communities to serve as a valuable campus asset in the interest of advancing the broader University mission.

The Office of Undergraduate Education is a university-wide organization that works collaboratively to support our nearly 75,000 undergraduate students, and our faculty, and staff across Penn State's twenty undergraduate campuses. OUE includes the following units: Division of Undergraduate Studies, Morgan Academic Center, General Education, Summer Session, ROTC, Penn State Learning, Prior Learning Assessment, Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center, Student Engagement Network, Student Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Success Center, and Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring.

The Director is responsible for ensuring that all staff in the unit are appropriately trained, supervised, and supported in their work with student athletes in support of their success, which includes the necessary understanding of NCAA regulations regarding eligibility and compliance. The Director oversees all academic reporting for internal audiences and required NCAA reports such as Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The Director works closely with senior leadership in the Department of Athletics to provide up-to-date actionable data regarding academic performance issues of which the Department of Athletics should be aware and can partner in addressing. In addition, the Director works closely with staff in the offices of Ethics and Compliance and the University Registrar, and with the Faculty Athletics Representative. The Director also serves as a resource member on the University Faculty Senate committee on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Qualified candidates will have:
  • A Master's degree
  • At least six years of experience in academic and student support, including program development, implementation, and assessment preferably working with Division 1 student athletes
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCAA rules and regulations
  • A proven record of effective leadership, organizational and managerial skills, including developing, supervising, and evaluating staff
  • Experience in building critical, collaborative partnerships across the university or organization
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

The Director position is a full-time, 48-week appointment in which evening and weekend hours may be required. Information on The Pennsylvania State University can be obtained by accessing Information on the Morgan Academic Center is available at

Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Please contact Melissa Johnson (, the Search Chair, with questions about the position or nominations. Review of applications will begin on August 7, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date will be determined at the time of hire with the goal of having the successful candidate start as soon as possible.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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