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Sharp to Lead Undergraduate Education at Smeal

Jeff Sharp, associate professor of business law and a member of the Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty for more than 20 years, has been named associate dean for undergraduate education and director of the college’s honor code initiatives. He will begin serving on January 1.
November 16, 2012
Sharp to Lead Undergraduate Education at Smeal

Jeff Sharp

Jeff Sharp, associate professor of business law and a member of the Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty for more than 20 years, has been named associate dean for undergraduate education and director of the college’s honor code initiatives. He will begin serving on January 1.

As associate dean, Sharp will oversee enhancements to the college’s undergraduate curriculum and provide strategic direction for its Undergraduate Education Office, which provides advising services and programming to more than 5,000 students. As director, Sharp will coordinate the adjudication process for the Smeal Honor Code.

“Jeff has been an ambassador for educational excellence throughout his career,” said Charles H. Whiteman, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “Along with being an accomplished researcher, he has made a significant difference in the classroom as an award-winning teacher. His ability to connect with and engage students will serve the college well as he works with faculty and staff to build on our strong undergraduate foundation.”

Sharp, who succeeds Gus Colangelo as associate dean, will have areas of oversight responsibility including the college’s Department of Career and Corporate Connections; Spend a Summer Day; the First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program (FTCAP); First-Year Seminar; and the Sapphire Leadership Program.

After more than five years, Colangelo will be returning to the faculty in the college’s Department of Management and Organization. Important milestones under his leadership include the transition away from the Junior Core model, the establishment of new enrollment controls, and an increased emphasis on honor and integrity.

“I am eager to take on this new challenge,” Sharp said. “Undergraduate education has long been a core strength of the college and a passion of mine. I look forward to adding to the legacy that Gus and his predecessors have established over the past years and decades.”

Sharp joined Smeal in 1989 after serving as litigation counsel to national financial institutions and the FDIC during the banking crisis of the 1980s. He has taught courses in commercial transactions law, environmental law, and general business law. In 2003, Sharp was presented with the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn State's highest award for those who primarily teach undergraduates. He is a three-time winner of the college’s Fred Brand Award for outstanding teaching and was also named a Master Teacher by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Sharp has published numerous articles, papers, and books on business law subjects including bankruptcy, commercial transactions, property rights, environmental law, and banking. With undergraduate, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Sharp is a member of the Texas State Bar Association and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

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