Associate Dean for Social Sciences

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Job Summary

Associate Dean of Social Sciences – 12 month position, start date July 1, 2024

The Associate Dean of Social Sciences is an academic and administrative officer who reports to the Dean of the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences (CHESS) and oversees the departments of Behavioral Sciences (BHS) and Communication and Creative Arts (CCA). They support the teaching, research, and service mission of the CHESS by discharging responsibilities in one or more areas as defined by the dean and serve as a conduit for the communication between the dean’s office and program coordinators and university offices/external communities as defined by the dean.

Responsibilities of this position include academic programs and curriculum; student affairs and success; faculty affairs; research-related activities; resource management; and other activities (e.g., shared governance, strategic planning, etc.).

University Profile

Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana, is dedicated to empowering transformational change in its students on its two campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana. Part of the Purdue University system and offering more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, PNW is committed to academic excellence, supports growth, and celebrates diversity. PNW’s colleges, schools and centers are distinguished through prestigious accreditations, national recognitions, and competitive rankings.

PNW’s Hammond campus is located only 30 miles from Chicago with the Westville branch campus just 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. Fostering a university community full of contrasts—urban and rural, industrial and natural, with a well-established history and forward-thinking mindset—PNW’s two campuses serve its students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college to make the most of this rich range of resources. Moreover, PNW has been designated as a Hispanic-serving public institution dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning and committed to the advancement of a diverse and under-served student population.

  • A doctoral or terminal degree from an accredited institution, in one of the disciplines within the [insert humanities; education/counseling/psychology; social sciences]
  • Must hold tenure or be tenurable in a department in the College at the level of associate professor or professor;
  • Understanding of and support for appropriate technology integration in an academic setting;
  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Experience working with budgets;
  • Administrative experiences related to facilities management;
  • Administrative leadership and experience in higher education; ad
  • Supervisory skills.
College Profile

The College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences serves over 1,400 undergraduate students and 170 graduate students across a wide range of programs. Departments and Schools within the college include:
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Communication and Creative Arts
  • English and World Languages
  • History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Psychology
  • School of Education and Counseling
The College houses the Community Counseling Center that provides quality affordable mental health services and the Institute for Social and Policy Research, which uses social science and policy analysis methods to find solutions to educational, social, and health-related challenges facing the citizens of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan region. The college is also home to the Willie T. Donald Exoneration Advisory Coalition to support those who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Indiana.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references. In the cover letter, please include your teaching philosophy and a statement of your commitment to diversity and social justice with examples of how you have fostered them. Screening of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be received by November 15, 2023 to receive full consideration. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Anne Gregory, Dean at .

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana that is dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. Diverse, hardworking, and innovative, we’re where academic excellence meets real-world experience. At PNW, students from next door and students from halfway across the world come together to learn, grow, and connect.

At Purdue University Northwest, we go beyond the classroom, walking the extra mile with students to empower confidence and encourage real-world experiences. We push beyond the boundaries of innovation to drive engagement and make an impact in Northwest Indiana and the world at large.

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