Penn State Faculty Handbook


The Faculty Handbook is designed to serve as an orientation and reference guide for all faculty, but especially for new faculty. Its information will enable faculty to locate and use a wide range of University resources. The Handbook contains information about the overall University, as well as policies, guidelines, and support units that offer services of interest to faculty.  

Penn State's faculty is vital to the University's strong and growing reputation as a leader in undergraduate and graduate education, vigorous research, and extensive public service. At Penn State, we strive to create a positive environment in which all of our faculty, staff, and students can contribute to and become part of the University community. I hope that this publication will be helpful as you pursue your academic career at Penn State.

Nicholas P. Jones
Executive Vice President and Provost

View the 2015 Penn State Faculty Handbook (PDF 442KB)