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Dean's Executive Team

Teresa Diehl

Teresa Diehl

Associate Dean of Administration

520 Thomas Building
(814) 865-9487

Teresa Diehl is the associate dean of administration. In this role, she oversees information technology, facilities, communications, outreach, and a number of budget- and leadership- related processes for the college. Areas of focus include planning for renovations on our instructional laboratories, restructuring and re-visioning the outreach efforts of the college, and a number of budget reduction– and process improvement–related initiatives.

Teresa came to Penn State in 1996 to serve as the director of the Department of Transportation Services. Previous to that, she performed similar duties at the United States Military Academy, where she served as the Provost Marshal’s Office plans officer. As director of the Department of Transportation Services, Teresa managed the transportation and parking resources for 41,000 students and 16,000 employees across 17,000 parking spaces, including four parking structures. Teresa also served as an Administrative Fellow, mentored by Craig Weidemann, vice president of outreach, in 2008. Her fellowship was followed by two special projects for the University: a review of the Commonwealth Campus Housing Study and the creation of an RFP for a feasibility study and project coordinator position for the Pegula Ice Arena project. She is also a graduate of Leadership Centre County, class of 2014.

Today, Teresa uses her extensive experience in evaluating, planning, organizing, and directing operational processes on behalf of the Eberly College of Science. She earned her doctorate in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State and a master’s in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She earned her bachelor of science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Jennelle Malcos

Jennelle Malcos.

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Students

158 Frear North Building
(814) 867-3338

Jennelle Malcos is assistant dean for undergraduate students in the Eberly College of Science, teaching professor in the Department of Biology, and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Science Education.

Malcos has served on the University Faculty Senate for several years, oversaw the biology undergraduate student Living Learning Community, the BIOME, and has active research focused on student self-regulated learning in science courses. She has led the college’s Learning Assistant (LA) Program—one of the largest efforts in the country. Since its launch in 2012, the program has grown from 81 LA positions in 5 courses to 839 positions in more than 44 courses spanning the Eberly college’s seven departments in the 2022-23 academic year.

In the assistant dean role, Malcos leads efforts to support and engage undergraduate students in the college. She is establishing a comprehensive, visible, and synergistic suite of programming and interventions to welcome and support science students—especially in the critical first two years of their development—and be a visible leader to welcome prospective students to the college.

David Simpson

David Simpson

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

120 Ritenour Building
(814) 863-8900

David Simpson is the associate dean for diversity and inclusion. In this role, he oversees the Eberly College of Science’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which supports students, faculty, and staff through initiatives and programs to promote inclusive excellence. David works closely with many offices within the college, including human resources, undergraduate and graduate education, academic advising, science engagement, and more, to increase equity and a sense of belonging across the college.  

Prior to joining Penn State, David was the special assistant to the provost for faculty success, provost initiatives coordinator for inclusive excellence, and an assistant professor in the Biological Engineering program at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). During this time, David created multiple initiatives to engage students, faculty, and staff in DEI programs, including the GROW Framework (an equity-minded approach to support development) and the Equity in Learning initiative (a data-informed strategy to remove equity gaps in teaching and learning).

Before coming to WIT, he was the associate director for the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures, director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, and an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, David helped to build a stem cell program at the School of Veterinary Medicine and taught classes in regenerative medicine. Prior to UC Davis, he was a senior scientist with Capricor Therapeutics and assisted in leading research and development strategies for the company’s therapeutic pipeline. 

David earned his doctorate from the joint Biomedical Engineering program at Georgia Tech and Emory University. His thesis work focused on the development of tissue-engineering strategies to enhance cell delivery to cardiac tissue. His current research interests include the development and deployment of equity-minded teaching and learning strategies to support student success.

Aleksandra Slavkovic

Aleksandra Slavkovic.

Associate Dean for Research
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education

421A Thomas Building
(814) 863-4918

Aleksandra Slavkovic, professor of statistics, is the associate dean for graduate education.  In this role, Aleksandra will oversee the enhancement of the graduate programs in the college and work closely with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Climate and Diversity Committee, and the departmental associate heads for equity to foster a positive climate for all members of the college. She will also work with graduate students and faculty in the college to improve graduate student mentoring and training for the full suite of jobs that graduate students will compete for.

Aleksandra joined Penn State in 2004. She has served in various positions in the statistics department, including associate head for diversity and equity and associate head for graduate studies. Aleksandra has affiliated appointments in the Institute for CyberScience, the Department of Public Health Sciences, and the Penn State College of Medicine, and she serves on Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Director’s Council. She has also held visiting scholar positions at Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, and Utrecht University.

Aleksandra received masters degrees in human-computer interaction and in statistics and a doctoral degree in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Her current research interests include statistical data privacy with applications across different domains, algebraic statistics, causal inference, and more broadly the application of statistics to information sciences and social sciences.

Alba Congiu

Financial Officer
(814) 863-1955

Alba comes to us from the Penn State College of Education, where she served as financial officer, following seven years at the University’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Kim Neely

Kim Neely.

Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations

430 Thomas Building
(814) 863-1247

Kim Neely has over 25 years of professional fundraising experience. As senior director of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Neely oversees a staff that focuses on alumni relations and fundraising campaigns for the Eberly College of Science that meet strategic priorities for the dean and relate to student and faculty support, programmatic development, and research advancement and align with the University’s objectives.

Prior to joining the college, Neely worked alongside vice provosts for undergraduate education, student affairs and educational equity to generate resources for these student-focused areas of Penn State. She began her Penn State fundraising career in the College of Health and Human Development in 1995. From 2005-2015, Neely managed the first ever capital campaign for Mount Nittany Health, and over those 10 years built a fundraising team and program that generated community support to significantly upgrade and improve the physical plant of Mount Nittany Health and add important programs and services.

Neely has served on numerous boards and committees locally and regionally and won the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award for Central Pennsylvania in 2015. She has a master’s degree in communications with a public relations concentration.

Heather Robbins

Heather Robbins.

Director, Office of Communications

428D Thomas Building
(814) 867-5830

As director of communications, Heather Robbins oversees the strategic direction of the Eberly College of Science by creating and executing marketing and public relations communications strategies and functions that focus on building Eberly’s brand and national reputation. She leads a talented communications team in identifying compelling stories that align with both the college’s and University’s strategic plans and fundraising campaigns.

Prior to joining the Eberly College of Science, Robbins managed Penn State's media strategy for almost seven years in the University's Office of Strategic Communications. She has experience in media relations, science writing, strategic planning, issues and crisis communications, internal communications and social media management. For nearly a decade, Robbins has also served as an adjunct lecturer in the Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, teaching public relations methods as well as editing and introductory journalism and communications courses.

Robbins began her career in journalism at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., and joined Penn State in 2013 as a writer/editor in the University's News and Media Relations office. She also directed a high school digital journalism summer camp with the Bellisario college for eight years.

Her honors include being recognized by Penn State's strategic communications office with two employee achievement awards, as well as several awards and honors from industry associations, including the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Keystone Press Award and Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Golden Quill Award. A three-time Penn State graduate, Robbins has a masters in media studies -- where she focused on science communication for her thesis -- and bachelors degrees in journalism and international relations.

Adrian Weaver

Adrian Weaver.

Human Resources Strategic Partner, Human Resources Consultant

512 Thomas Building
(814) 863-6216

Adrian joined Penn State in 2003 as an administrative assistant in the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Programs Office. Shortly thereafter she was promoted to a Research Staff Assistant within the department. In this role, she supported nine faculty members and their research groups. In 2009, Adrian transition to a new role as an Associate Coordinator of Grants & Contracts within the College of Science. She held this position until she was hired as a Human Resource Consultant in 2011, the role she currently holds. In June 2022, Adrian took on the Interim HR Strategic Partner role in addition to her role as an HR Consultant. Adrian is an active volunteer in her local community and is a certified instructor of Tang Soo Do, for which she currently holds a first-degree black belt.

Kristen Robinson

Kristen Robinson.

Executive Assistant to the Dean

517 Thomas Building
(814) 865-9592

Kristen joined Penn State in 2009 as an administrative assistant in the College of Engineering and shortly transferred to the Engineering Deans Financial office before joining the Eberly College of Science in 2013. Kristen joined the Eberly College of Science as the assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Associate Dean for Research before transitioning into her current role.

Department Leadership

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology