Joseph Sun is a seasoned administrator, strategist, teacher, adviser, consultant, and community volunteer with nearly 40 years of experience in higher education, consulting, and the non-profit sector. His experience and expertise span the local, regional, and international levels in strategy, assessment, leadership, DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice), admissions, global education, and service learning/civic engagement. Living and working in the Philadelphia region since the early ‘80s, Joseph spent 31 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served Penn’s engineering school as vice dean for Academic Affairs, the Wharton School as director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and the School of Arts and Sciences as an assistant dean. He also held leadership roles in Penn’s University Life Division.
After retiring from Penn, Joseph has served as vice rector (Provost) at Forman Christian College University (Lahore, Pakistan,) director of strategic initiatives in the President’s Office at Arcadia University, and global director of master’s programs at DAI, an iNGO providing leadership education in low-income countries. He currently serves as diversity, equity, and inclusion program manager in the President’s Office at Montgomery County Community College (PA). He has taught courses across a spectrum of fields, including appropriate technology and development, information and communications technology for development, social research methods, race and ethnic studies, Asian American studies, Chinese development, and leadership.
Joseph holds a master’s in Appropriate Technology and Energy Management for Development from Penn and a bachelor’s in Design from the UCLA School of Fine Arts.