Purdue University — Associate Department Head, Division of Consumer Science

School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Position Announcement: Associate Department Head – Division of Consumer Science
Date Available: August 2021 

Principle Duties: Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Associate Head of the Division of Consumer Science in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. The position will be available August 2021, reporting to the Head of the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Dean of the College of Health & Human Sciences. The Associate Head will provide leadership, vision, and serve as a facilitator for research and scholarship, and educational activities. In addition, the Associate Head is responsible for personnel issues, faculty/staff development, and advocacy for the Division to the School, College, University, and larger community. 

Qualifications: We are looking for an academic leader and scholar with strong commitment to the discovery, learning, and engagement missions of the School. Applicants must have scholarly credentials commensurate with the rank of a tenured full professor, a PhD with specialization in CSR, HTM, or related consumer-focused discipline, a strong record of published research and external funding, and prior experience in academic administration, undergraduate and graduate education, and development. The successful candidate will be someone with excellent communication skills who values and promotes diversity. 

The Division: The Division of Consumer Science is a diverse division with 11 full-time lecturers and research/tenure track faculty. The Division awards BS, MS and PhD degrees and currently has 497 undergraduates, and 11 MS/PhD students. Research is conducted in Consumer Behavior, Family and Consumer Economics, and Financial Planning. At the undergraduate level, there are three majors: Selling and Sales Management, Retail Management, and Financial Counseling and Planning. 

The College: The Division of Consumer Science is an integral part of the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the College of Health and Human Sciences. Our college prepares scholars, develops leaders, translates theory to practice, and advances knowledge of human behavior, health, and quality of life. The College is deeply committed to the land-grant mission (teaching, research, and engagement), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment focused on excellence. The College has nine academic units and is the home of the Master of Public Health program. The College includes 219 faculty, 4,900 undergraduate students, and more than 525 graduate students. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution. 

Purdue HTM is situated in the heart of the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. The University has more than 44,000 students and is located in a prosperous county of about 150,000 people. Purdue University is about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 120 miles southeast of Chicago. Please access the following Web sites for more information: 

HTM Division of CSR: http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/csr 
Purdue University: http://www.purdue.edu/
Purdue Advance: http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/advance
Community: http://www.HomeOfPurdue.com/ 

Application Procedure: Applications must include: 1) Letter of Interest indicating relevant experience, qualifications, statements of research, teaching, and leadership philosophy, 2) Complete Curriculum Vitae, 3) Reference List (at least three); references will be contacted only upon applicant’s approval, 4) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement (as outlined below). Nominations of potential candidates for the position are welcome, initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential. 

Purdue University’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Division of Consumer Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 

Application review will begin January 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. 

All candidates must apply through SuccessFactors (SF), using the below address: 


For further information, contact Dr. Hugo Tang, Search Committee Chair:
hugotang@purdue.edu | 765-494-4733 

Purdue University is EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.