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Dr. Renata S. Engel 

Renata Engel

Vice Provost for Online Education
The Pennsylvania State University
405 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-7581
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Renata Engel is responsible for online education at Penn State including Penn State World Campus, which encompasses more than 150 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, minors, and certificates. Her office supports all aspects of the operation of Penn State World Campus such as academic affairs, academic advising, faculty development, and the development, piloting, and evaluation of online curricular innovations and enhancements at Penn State. As part of Penn State’s strategic plan framework, she co-chairs the Transforming Education Steering Committee which conceptualized the One Penn State 2025 vision.

A member of the Penn State faculty since 1990, Dr. Engel is professor of engineering design and engineering science and mechanics and served as the associate dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering from 2006 to 2014 and as the executive director of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence from 2000 to 2006. She earned a B.S. in engineering science from Penn State and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Karen I. Pollack 

karen pollack

Associate Vice Provost for Online Education
The Pennsylvania State University
222 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-6347
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Karen Pollack is responsible for leading the expansion, development, delivery, and revision of more than 150 online degree and certificate programs offered to mainly adult distance learners through Penn State World Campus and ensuring their long-term health. In addition, she supervises the day-to-day work of Advising and Disability Support Services, Academic Development Services, Learning Design, Faculty Development, and Continuing Education at Penn State University Park. Karen has been with Penn State World Campus since its launch in 1998. She received her B.A. in journalism, her M.A. in telecommunication studies, and her Ph.D. in instructional systems from Penn State. Karen is an affiliate faculty member of learning performance systems.

Dr. Clayton Steen 

Clayton Steen

Executive Director for World Campus Enrollment Management Services
The Pennsylvania State University
315H Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-867-3154
Email: [email protected] 

Dr. Clayton Steen is responsible for providing the strategic direction and leadership to enrollment management and support services which consists of the admissions, financial aid, transfer credit, registrar, and bursar offices. He works collaboratively with the University's central administrative offices and various academic and support units to oversee the development of the World Campus Central one-stop shop unit. In addition, he monitors progress and evaluates results, in alignment with the Penn State World Campus strategic plan through specific metrics such as increased retention and graduation rates. Clayton has been with Penn State World Campus since January 2020. He received his B.A. in social sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his M.S. in Education Curriculum & Instruction from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY, and his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.