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School Head, School of Construction Management Technology

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Compensation arrangements are competitive and commensurate with both experience and achievement.
Posted Date
Sep 23, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Purdue University announces the nomination and application process for the position of School Head, School of Construction Management Technology (SCMT) within the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue’s West Lafayette main campus.  The school is fully accredited by the ACCE with over 500 undergraduate students, 125 graduate students, with 26 full-time faculty members, and an active connection with the construction industry, including an industry advisory board consisting of 80+ companies and two career fairs each year with more than 180 company participants each semester. The School’s faculty conduct industry-focused research in areas such as virtual design and construction, structures and processes, construction materials and applications, training and safety systems, construction project management and contracting computing and automation in construction, and more.  The School of Construction Management also boasts a 100% job placement rating for its students. The school head reports directly to the dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and is responsible for the administrative, budgetary, and personnel decisions within the school. 


The successful candidate will advance a culture of academic excellence and build upon an excellent construction management program, including an exceptional undergraduate and graduate curriculum, an advanced research program, a strong relationship with the construction industry, and will teach as appropriate. 

 Candidates must: 

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to lead and mentor faculty in the areas of learning, discovery, and engagement, while building effective and collaborative teams.  Be recognized for scholarly achievement across the breadth of construction management, have achieved a Ph.D. degree (construction or related field) and have the qualifications for appointment as a full professor.  Have proven skills as an effective and visionary leader with competencies in administration, teaching, fiscal management, facilitation of grants, and development.  Demonstrate a commitment to students and student learning at the collegiate level. 
  • Have a proven record of management experience with an understanding of interaction with diverse groups of internal and external constituents.   Relatable to industry; open to feedback related to graduates’ competencies; someone who can make SCMT accessible to industry. 

About the School

The SCMT has an ongoing curriculum transformation to include more project-based, real-world learning with vertical and horizontal integration of construction management competencies and student learning outcomes.  A successful candidate will continue to support the curricular transformation underway while cultivating an innovative learning environment which encourages faculty to engage in discovery and develop new connections with the construction industry. 

The School of Construction Management Technology will benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories, faculty offices, and departmental space in the newly constructed Dudley Hall, part of the new Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway project. New spaces for SCMT include: 

  • 5,000 sq ft state of the art, construction instructional lab with 6 building bays, remote control gantry crane, and live monitoring of building systems station.  Surveying lab  Bidding & estimating lab  Project management lab  Separate construction lab/crane reserved for research purposes 

Occupation of the new departmental space is scheduled for January 2023.

On August 12, 2022, Purdue University and Indiana University announced a new approach to their presence in Indianapolis by realigning programs within the IUPUI campus. This move allows the Polytechnic Institute to expand its programs and presence in Indianapolis. 

About the University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today's toughest challenges. Ranked one of the top 10 Most Innovative Schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, with a $685+ million research enterprise, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery that drive discoveries and innovative solutions that have a critical impact on the nation and the world.

Application procedures

Purdue University, the Polytechnic Institute, and the School of Construction Management Technology are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

Purdue University’s School of Construction Management Technology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion

Application packages must include the following: 

  • Cover letter stating interest in the position, alignment between candidate experiences and position characteristics, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Full CV, including five (5) professional references  Statement on Leadership and Mentoring  Statement on Industry Engagement and Development 

All questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Nathan Hartman, at Confidential nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023. 

A background check is required for employment of this position. 

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




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