Penelope Diebel

Professor and Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences
penelope.diebel [at]

Office: 541-737-5317

Strand Agriculture Hall

Strand Agriculture Hall 147B

170 SW Waldo Place

170 SW Waldo Place
Corvallis, OR 97331

Fields: Agribusiness Management, Crop Production Economics, Natural Resource Economics

As Assistant Dean of Academic Program, Penny’s responsibilities include providing leadership and guidance for a variety of services and programs.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Academics, including:

  • curriculum development
  • curriculum assessment
  • experiential learning opportunity development (internships, research, study abroad, service)
  • academic advising

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Services, including:

  • Ag Executive and club support
  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Ambassadors
  • student scholarships
  • academic and student behavior grievances
  • new student services development
  • recruitment and retention programs

Faculty and College Support, including:

  • teaching and advising development and support
  • international academic partnerships
  • partnerships with other collegiate institutions
  • industry partnerships

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Affiliated with: 
College of Ag Admin

Penny joined the Corvallis campus in September of 2010 after 15 years working for OSU in the OSU Agriculture Program at EOU in La Grande, OR.  She became Assistant Dean of Academic Programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences in April of 2013. She has a strong commitment to students and teaching. She has served as advisor and mentor for many students and student clubs, and received several teaching awards.  Dr. Diebel ’s research program includes studies on biofuels, no-till/direct seed adoption and  assessment of agribusiness student learning outcomes.

Penny was born in central Kansas but was raised in Colorado. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Parks and Recreation Department after high school and during her early collegiate years. She studied at Colorado State University, receiving a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation Management and later a M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics.  Penny and her husband moved to Virginia to attend Virginia Tech, where she received her PhD in Agricultural Economics.

Penny and her family, husband Dr. Ken Diebel enjoy working on their small acreage outside of Lebanon where they house a mixture of horses, dogs, and cats. They camp and hike in their spare time. Their two children are both preparing to graduate; one from high school and the other from college in the upcoming year.