Shaun Knight

Instructor of Management and Organization
Department: Management and Organization
Office: 475 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-9310
Fax: 814-863-7261


Shaun Knight is the Director of Educational Leadership & the newly formed Smeal Experiential Learning Center, in addition to being the Faculty Director of the Sapphire Leadership Program within the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. His responsibilities include strategically managing the Experiential Learning Center, directing the Sapphire Leadership Program, teaching academic courses, reviewing curriculum and its alignment within business course offerings throughout the commonwealth, and working with World Campus and Continuing Education to roll-out and streamline certificate and degree granting programs. The primary mission of the Educational Leadership unit's is to further the college's strategic goals of extraordinary education and providing a world-class undergraduate experience. Knight has also been globally engaged in strategic consulting work focused on career development, succession planning, and recruitment and retention. Shaun is the author of numerous publications and has worked in a consulting capacity with national and multi-national organizations throughout the world. Previously, Shaun was the Associate Director of Online Education and a Senior Instructor in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), and the Director of Career Solutions for the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State.

Current Research

Current research involves the investigation of succession planning strategies within private firms with regard to enterprise architecture professionals.


Succession Planning, Recruitment/Retention, & Career/Organization Development


PSU 006, FYS for Leap and Sapphire Cohorts
B A 297A, Career Planning Seminar
B A 297C, Project Seminar Sapphire