Scott Bennett, Distinguished Professor to become the Associate Dean for research and graduate studies.
Scott, who earned his Ph.D. from Michigan in 1993, joined Penn State in 1994 as an assistant professor. A specialist in international conflict, Scott was promoted to associate professor in 1999 and professor in 2003. On the basis of his excellence in research and teaching, he was named Liberal Arts Research Professor in 2004 and Distinguished Professor in 2008. Scott served as department head from 2009-14 and before that was the department's graduate program director. He recently has been a leader in the university's reconfiguration of the infrastructure and governance of research computing, serving on the Executive Committee for Research Computing and CyberInfrastructure governance, and serving as its chair for a semester. NSF has supported his work regularly over the years.