Administrative Fellows


The Administrative Fellows Program provides professional development opportunities for faculty and staff with standing appointments. By serving under the mentorship of a senior level administrator, fellows receive opportunities to broaden their perspectives and experiences in higher education administration. The fellowship experience is designed to allow the participants to become more effective in their existing positions within the University and to provide a foundation for them to excel in future, higher-level jobs.

The program aims to:

  • identify faculty and staff who have the potential for effective leadership;
  • increase awareness of the complexity of issues facing higher education;
  • enhance understanding of the environment in which higher-education-related decisions are made; and
  • provide opportunities for participation in activities that facilitate enhanced understanding of careers in higher education.

Although participation in the program does not guarantee appointment to an advanced or administrative position at the University, the program has increased the number of qualified women and minorities who are interested in pursuing careers in University administration.


2016-2017 Administrative Fellows

Dr. Zaryab Iqbal
, Associate Professor of Political Science, College of the Liberal Arts
Mentor: Nick Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost

Ms. Clarabelle Lin, Marketing Director, Penn State World Campus
Mentors: Fall 2016 – Craig Weidemann, Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education
Spring 2017 – David Gray, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer

Dr. Felisa Preciado, Clinical Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Smeal College of Business
Mentor: Madlyn L. Hanes, Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses and Executive Chancellor


Program-Related Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Fellows Program Application (2017-2018)

Administrative Fellows Program Brochure

Administrative Fellows Program Steering Committee (2017-2018)

Guidelines for Administrative Fellows and Mentors

Mentor Descriptions for 2017-18 Administrative Fellowships