Linda Higginson

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I grew up in the Philadelphia area, and many summers were spent on family vacations at beaches along the Atlantic coast—Cape Cod, Maine, and New Jersey. This summer beach-going activity continues to be pivotal any time of the year. My two siblings and their families reside in New Jersey, and during visits I always find a way to head to the Ocean City Boardwalk to get my "fix" of sea air.

When I first came to Penn State some years ago, I fully expected to stay just a year to complete my master's degree. Now several decades later, working here still energizes and excites me. While I have had many different responsibilities in my years at the University, none of my positions has been as rewarding or as satisfying as the one I currently hold–working with Penn State students as they determine their individual paths through the University.

Engagement in service—to the University, my community, and professional groups—has been a hallmark of my career. For more than a decade I was a chairperson of the University Hearing Board, the body that considers student disciplinary cases. I also serve as a member of the First-Year Experience Steering Committee and Parents Program Committee. Previously I served as a chairperson of the Framework to Foster Diversity Review Team.

I enjoy biking, yoga, needlework, and always have a canine companion by my side. My real passion, however, can be found at the beach—walking, people-watching, building sand castles, gazing at the breaking waves and, of course, eating seafood!


  • B.A. in Mathematics, University of Delaware
  • M.Ed. in Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • D.Ed. in Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Current Position

Assistant Dean for Advising

Research & Teaching Interests

In addition to the classroom, my scholarship has focused on three areas—orientation and academic advising for undergraduate students, program assessment for academic and student support functions, and professional quality standards for student services and programs.

Contact Information

Office: 125 Grange Building
Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913