Leaders in their fields

One of the primary reasons Penn State is so highly regarded and immediately recognized around the world is the caliber of its faculty. Our professors and instructors are experts in their disciplines and fields of practice, and you'll benefit from their years of experience. Whether they are teaching online or in the classroom, they are dedicated to the highest standards of instruction.

The faculty also understand that you may have competing demands on your time — a full-time job or family responsibilities — and they can work with you to make sure you are getting the most from your Penn State education while still meeting your other commitments, giving you the confidence you need to take the next step in life.

And you don't need to worry about office hours or scheduling appointments; you'll have many opportunities to interact with your instructors through email and chat rooms, and over the phone.

Penn State's faculty members in the College of the Liberal Arts are committed to creating a first-class learning environment for their students, no matter where in the world they are. 

Diana Gruendler

M.A., Teaching English, Pepperdine University

Diana Gruendler, Faculty-in-charge of College of the Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Programs and senior lecturer in English, brings broad experience with online learning and using technology to build community in classrooms. She collaborated with the library in conducting research on use of electronic readers and online communities to develop information literacy. Ms. Gruendler, a recipient of teaching awards, has received recognition for her commitment to her students. Prior to Penn State, she served in both academic and student services administrative posts in public and private institutions.