Photo of Andrea Tapia


411A Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub
State College, PA 16801
(814) 863-3528
Additional Title(s)
Ph.D., Sociology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2000

Andrea Tapia is the Dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. She oversees all aspects of the college, including its pursuit of excellence and innovation in information technology education and research; initiatives to attract students, faculty, and staff and support their development; an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; and stewardship of the college's financial resources.

Dean Tapia joined the College of IST in 2002. She was awarded tenure in 2010 and promoted to full professor in 2019. She has served as IST's director of graduate programs and as professor in charge of the college's social and organizational informatics research area.

Before she was named interim dean of the College of IST in August 2023, she served as its associate dean for research. In that role, she was responsible for driving the college's research priorities; fostering collaboration with institutional, federal, and industry partners; representing IST in research-related activities; and supporting initiatives across the college's four primary research areas. 

Dean Tapia is an international scholar in crisis informatics. Her research has examined the way information technology impacts and is impacted by social, cultural, political, economic, and organizational structures. 

Research Keywords
Crisis Informatics
Social Data Analytics
Social Theories and Methods of Information