“Back to State” Information
For current information on University news and actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparations for returning to on-campus work and learning in Fall 2020, visit the “Back to State” webpage, which includes regularly updated answers to extensive FAQs. Also, visit https://news.psu.edu/tag/coronavirus and read the “News for Faculty” update emails sent each week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Penn State has updated University meetings and events guidance effective July 16 pursuant to the order issued July 15 by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine. New guidance on university-related travel (effective July 30) is also available (requires WebAccess authentication).
- The Office of Human Resources COVID-19 information site and “Return to Work on Campus“ resource site provide critical information for University employees, including guidance for supervisors with teams that must do on-site work. At this time, all Penn State employees who are currently working remotely should plan to do so unless otherwise informed.
- Updated guidance for University faculty and instructors on a variety of topics is now available and will be updated further as needed. Guidance on work adjustments for faculty is available here, and an evolving Classroom Guidance for Instructors document is posted on the website for the Office of Student Conduct. The document describes the steps that faculty can take to provide a positive learning environment and manage COVID-19-related concerns in the classroom.
- Penn State’s “Keep Teaching” website includes guidance on Returning to Instruction and details about Flexible Instructional Modes for the Fall 2020 semester, as well as frequently expanded and updated FAQs.
- Several video messages from Penn State leadership and experts on key “Back to State” topics can be viewed here.
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Dr. Nicholas P. Jones is the Executive Vice President and Provost of The Pennsylvania State University. Reporting directly to President Eric J. Barron, Dr. Jones serves as Penn State’s chief executive officer in the President’s absence, and he is involved in nearly all University operations.
As the University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Jones oversees all academic units (colleges, schools, and campuses) and major academic support units, such as the University Libraries and the Offices of Educational Equity, Affirmative Action, and Information Technology Services. He works closely with fellow administrators, deans of academic colleges and other units, and many others across the University to set academic priorities and allocate funds to move them forward. Dr. Jones also serves as Penn State’s chief budget officer and chair of the University Strategic Planning Council, which authored the current University-wide strategic plan.
Learn more about Provost Jones, including his robust background in higher education and his work as Penn State’s Executive Vice President and Provost since July 2013. Also, read select news stories about and involving Provost Jones during his tenure at Penn State.
In higher education, the quality and effectiveness of our work profoundly and substantively impacts our students. At Penn State, we are committed to ensuring that our students receive an education that effectively prepares them not only for the modern workforce, but also for the challenges they will encounter during their lives.