Purdue University Northwest — Founding Dean, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites nominations and applications for an exceptional academic leader to serve as the founding Dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS). The Dean will be expected to work with faculty, staff and students to build a vision for the College, which is composed of several recently merged units. This is an exceptional opportunity for an innovative thinker with experience in change management and partnership building.

Part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, PNW offers world-class educational opportunities at an excellent value on two culturally diverse, student-centered campuses located in Northwest Indiana and within easy driving distance of Chicago, Illinois. PNW is the fifth largest public university in Indiana, with more than 15,000 students, offering nearly 70 programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. The institution is distinguished by opportunities for experiential learning, undergraduate research and one-to-one relationships between students and faculty.

CHESS is the largest college at PNW and offers more than 30 degree programs in the humanities, education and social sciences. The programs place a strong emphasis on public expression and collaborative problem-solving, thereby preparing students for productive civic engagement, community leadership, global citizenship, and lifelong learning.

CHESS is a new college formed during the unification process, and thus, the Dean will lead the successful transition from two independent institutions into this new entity. The new Dean will also be engaged in strategic planning and establishing a vision for the College, which now includes the School (formerly the College) of Education. The Dean oversees a budget of $15.37 million. Among the direct reports to the position are the Director of the School of Education, the CHESS department heads, two assistant/associate deans, and an administrative assistant. The Dean also works in concert with dedicated staff support in advancement operations to further the College’s culture of philanthropy. There are 390 full-time and part-time faculty and staff in CHESS. There are 2166 undergraduate and 213 graduate students enrolled in the College.

The Dean of CHESS reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean provides strategic academic leadership for the College and is responsible for enhancing its core missions of teaching, research and service. The successful candidate will understand the opportunities and challenges facing public universities in the current higher education landscape and possess the skills, leadership and vision to advance the College in this complex environment.

The Dean will be actively engaged in program development, curricular enhancement, budget planning, resource development, and assessment of student learning. The Dean will bring to the role a record of teaching and scholarly achievement reflective of PNW’s own standards of excellence, coupled with integrity and vision. The successful candidate should possess an earned doctorate in a discipline appropriate to the College as well as academic qualifications appropriate for appointment at the rank of Professor in one of the academic departments of the College.

For more specific information about the leadership agenda and search, please see the full search prospectus at storbeckpimentel.com/resources/uploads/institution/PurdueNWCHESSDeanPD.pdf. For more information about PNW, please see www.pnw.edu.

Nomination and Application Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, materials should be filed by November 2. Requested application materials include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; and the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of five professional references. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format to PNWCHESSDean@storbecksearch.com.

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at PNWCHESSDean@storbecksearch.com to arrange confidential conversations.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: www.purdue.edu/ethics/policies/FosteringRespect_accessible.pdf


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