Migliaccio named associate dean of academic affairs

Todd Migliaccio, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Todd Migliaccio, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

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WYOMISSING, Pa. — Penn State Berks Chancellor George Grant Jr. recently announced the appointment of Todd A. Migliaccio as the associate dean for academic affairs following a national search. Migliaccio will begin his appointment on July 15.

Chair of the department of sociology at California State University, Sacramento, Migliaccio earned a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of California, San Diego, and a master of arts and doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Riverside.

“Dr. Migliaccio’s advocacy for students, faculty, staff and the larger community are a true reflection of our mission at Penn State Berks,” stated Chancellor Grant. “His experience in the academy is framed by his commitment to academic excellence, applied research, and an unwavering dedication to student success. He is resolute in his work on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. I am pleased he will be joining Penn State Berks as associate dean of academic affairs.”

In this role, Migliaccio will serve as chief academic officer and is charged with budgeting and planning for the college’s three academic divisions; advising; instructional and learning support including the library; and academic enhancements such as the undergraduate research.

“I am excited to become a member of the Penn State Berks family,” stated Migliaccio. “The emphasis on being a learning-centered environment drew me immediately to the college and I am eager to engage and support the already impactful programs and the staff and faculty who have made them successful.” 

Migliaccio has worked at California State University, Sacramento, a public university with approximately 30,000 students, for more than 18 years, first as a faculty member, then as the director of graduate studies, and most recently as chair of the Department of Sociology.

Among his many accomplishments, Migliaccio facilitated movement of courses to an online platform and supported faculty in implementing online instruction during the coronavirus pandemic. He also designed a data gathering process for assessment of the sociology department by evaluating the career paths of students, and supported student engagement with faculty during social justice demonstrations.

“I look forward to working with all members of the University and surrounding community as we build on the previous efforts to establish an inclusive environment in which everyone can succeed,” said Migliaccio.

As a professor, Migliaccio has presented at conferences on several subjects, including bullying for both K–12 and universities, social justice, and community engagement. His record of scholarship includes numerous articles on bullying and other subjects. In addition, he co-produced and co-wrote a video titled “Identifying and Responding to Bullying for Teachers,” as well as many other resources for K–12 teachers dealing with bullying in the classroom.