Dr. Craig D. Weidemann is currently serving as Special Assistant to the Provost for Innovation and Education Technology Initiatives. After fourteen years at Penn State, he recently stepped down from his position as Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education, where he led the University’s outreach initiatives and Penn State World Campus. In his current role, he is responsible for a number of University initiatives that build on his leadership experiences in advancing innovations in education and learning. He will provide leadership support for the transforming education theme in the University’s strategic plan, advance the educational education technology sector in the University’s Invent Penn State, and work on specific Provost-led projects.
In his previous role, he provided leadership for the University’s external outreach, engaged scholarship, and online education initiatives. He has had responsibility for Penn State World Campus, WPSU, and Professional and Community Engagement. Penn State Outreach is the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education.
Dr. Weidemann has served as a board member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and chair of the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach. He currently serves as treasurer and board member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, board member of the Online Learning Consortium, and member of the Advisory Council for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) Center for Online Leadership and Strategy.
In addition, Dr. Weidemann has served on several boards in Pennsylvania, including two terms on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, and as past board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. He is the recipient of the UPCEA Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership, and was recognized by the University of Georgia with the Professional Achievement Alumni Award. He writes and presents on many issues, including engaged scholarship, online learning, innovation, and adult learning.
Prior to his tenure at Penn State, Dr. Weidemann held administrative positions at Johns Hopkins University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Weidemann received his B.S. in psychology from Illinois State University, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens.