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Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs
411F Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub
State College, PA 16801
(814) 865-3528
Additional Title(s)
Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
Interim Director of Doctoral Programs

Jeffrey Bardzell is the college’s associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies. In this role, he is responsible for leading a team that provides strategic direction and management for the complete academic experience in the college.

Prior to Penn State, Bardzell served as a professor of informatics and program director for human computer interaction design (HCI/d) in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University-Bloomington. As director of the HCI/d program, Bardzell led an overhaul of the HCI/d master’s degree curriculum, revamped the program’s brand identity, and led the development of an undergraduate curriculum that will go into production this academic year. As an instructor, he has taught more than 700 master’s level students, as well as hundreds of undergraduates.

In his research, Bardzell examines design theory, focusing on critical design, research through design and design criticism; and emerging social computing practices, including critical-empirical students on maker communities in the U.S. and Asia, intimate and sexual interaction, and online creative communities.

He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, is the co-author of “Humanistic HCI”, and serves as co-editor of “Critical Theory and Interaction Designs”. He has been awarded nearly $13 million in external grants and has won more than a dozen awards for his research and teaching.

Prior to Penn State, Bardzell had been an instructor at Indiana University since 2004, with two visiting associate professor appointments at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2015 and at Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in English from Mary Washington College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in comparative literature, both from Indiana University.