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: rse1@psu.edu

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 One Penn State 2025 signature initiative which emerged from the Transforming Education thematic priority.

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: kiw1@psu.edu

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.