“Back to State” Information for Faculty


For current information on University-wide news and actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and on-campus teaching and learning, visit Penn State’s comprehensive Keep Teaching website and “Back to State” page, which includes regularly updated answers to many FAQs.

Also, visit the faculty-specific “Back to State” resources page, read the latest pandemic-related University news stories, and review the content in the “News for Faculty and Instructors” emails sent on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Spring 2021 semester plans announced

President Barron hosting weekly virtual seminars for faculty and staff 


Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


Kathleen Bieschke, a former Department Head in the College of Education and Professor of Education in Counseling Psychology, is the University’s Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs works closely with the Executive Vice President and Provost in areas including faculty development, leadership training, promotion and tenure, executive searches and reviews, and other issues related to academic personnel and their concerns. The Vice Provost also serves as the Provost’s contact person for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the academic arm of the Big Ten Conference, and the University Faculty Senate in issues relating to faculty affairs, and is the liaison for the Provost and President to University deans and chancellors.