Vice President & Dean of Undergraduate Education
Robert N. Pangborn, Ph.D.
Robert N. Pangborn, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering Mechanics, is Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. In this position, he is responsible for providing leadership in undergraduate education, including support for student orientation and transition programs, general education, active and collaborative learning, student research experiences, internships, engaged scholarship, cross-campus curricular integration, teaching excellence and the development of facilities for technology-enhanced learning. He also oversees the University’s enrollment management (comprising Undergraduate Admissions, University Registrar, and Student Aid) across Penn State’s 20 baccalaureate degree-granting campuses. Other organizational units within Undergraduate Education include: Division of Undergraduate Studies, Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes, Penn State Learning, Prior Learning Assessment, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Student Orientation and Transition Programs, Summer Session and the University Fellowships Office.
Dr. Pangborn holds B.S. and A.B. degrees from Rutgers University in civil engineering with a business emphasis, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanics and materials science. He has taught and conducted research since 1979 in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the areas of engineering mechanics and structures, failure analysis and engineering materials, publishing over 90 papers. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1999, served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Management from 2006 to 2009, and as a Governor from 2009 to 2012 for ASME International.
Dr. Pangborn served as Penn State’s Interim Executive Vice President and Provost from November 2011 to June 2013. He was an associate dean in engineering for more than 10 years, overseeing preparation for accreditation review of undergraduate engineering programs, curricular development and assessment, instructional services, student recruitment and retention, diversity programming, advising, co-operative education and international programs. He served as Chair of the Intercollege Graduate Program in Materials from 1993 to 1999 and as Interim Campus Executive Officer and Dean at Penn State Altoona in 1999-2000. Pangborn chaired the University Faculty Senate in 1993-94. He has led and/or collaborated on programs on educational innovation and assessment, reform of the University-wide general education curriculum, cross-disciplinary curricular initiatives and faculty development; been recognized by the Penn State Engineering Society for both outstanding advising and outstanding teaching; and won a Provost’s Award for Collaborative Instruction and Curricular Innovation and the McKay Donkin Award for service to the faculty.