New Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Debra Straussfogel
DuBois – Chancellor Anita McDonald has announced that Dr. Debra Straussfogel is the new Director of Academic Affairs at Penn State DuBois. As DAA, Straussfogel is responsible for supporting campus faculty, encouraging and supporting campus activities and innovations to improve teaching and learning, and directing the day-to-day functions of academics at Penn State DuBois. She is already on the job, and looking forward to the academic year to come.
“It’s a privilege to be working in support of the faculty, staff and students of Penn State DuBois; and I’m thrilled to be back at Penn State,” said Straussfogel.
Straussfogel’s career in higher education spans 20 years. After graduating from Penn State in 1987 with a PhD in Geography, she was an Associate Professor of Geography and Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire, and an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia. While at the University of Northern British Columbia, she also helped to establish the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute, and served as its Co-Director. She had also served as the Acting Chair of their Geography Program, where she worked with faculty and students in all aspects of academics.
Chancellor McDonald said, “Dr. Straussfogel is an outstanding scholar and we are fortunate to have someone with her academic experience and leadership to lead our strong and unique academic programs to the next level.”
Straussfogel said her vision for academics at Penn State DuBois is to enhance opportunities for student engagement in the full Penn State experience; to provide resources and opportunities to attract high quality faculty and promote cutting edge academic programs and research; and to strengthen the close ties between Penn State DuBois and the community it serves.