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Associate Vice Provost and Dean of the John Martinson Honors College

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Date posted
Mar 13, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

 Applications are invited to lead the John Martinson Honors College at Purdue University, a residential college which provides a home and experience to the most outstanding of Purdue’s nearly 40,000 undergraduate students in West Lafayette and Indianapolis, Indiana. The John Martinson Honors College works in close partnership with Purdue’s degree-granting academic colleges to engage thousands of honors students across campus as part of its intellectual and residential community of scholars. 
The successful candidate will lead the college to a top-five ranking amongst honors programs nationally, by enhancing academic excellence; expanding the reach and presence of the college across campus through a variety of new engagement models; playing to Purdue’s strengths in STEM, Business, and elsewhere; and ultimately helping to shape exceptional students to be exemplary scholar-citizens and multi-disciplinary thinkers who will go on to become future leaders in the world at large. 
Reporting to Purdue’s Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, the successful candidate must possess a terminal degree and academic credentials suitable for appointment at the rank of full professor (tenured, clinical or research) in one of Purdue’s academic departments. 
Additional key responsibilities include: 
Create a bold vision, set & meet ambitious, achievable goals to raise the profile of the college to the top five nationally, all while fostering and ensuring an enhanced climate of academic excellence. 
Provide leadership across the university for all undergraduate honors programs, promoting and integrating the honors experience across Purdue’s entire university landscape. 
Strengthen collaborative partnerships with Purdue’s degree-granting colleges and programs, to deliver transformative experiences for honors students which fuel impactful student career outcomes. 
Strengthen partnerships across the Office of the Provost and entire academic enterprise to recruit, retain and foster strong success for high potential honors students. 
Enhance the impact of Purdue’s National and International Scholarship Office, to further support Purdue students’ successful pursuit of prestigious awards, fellowships and recognition. 
Strengthen research grant, foundation and other philanthropic support to deliver on the vision for the college. 

About John Martinson Honors College 
The John Martinson Honors College (JMHC), Purdue’s only academic residential college, brings together over 3,000 highly motivated undergraduate students from all areas of study across campus into an intellectual and residential community of scholars. Founded in 2013, the college was renamed in 2022 in honor of a transformational gift from Purdue alumnus John Martinson. The JMHC is built upon the four pillars, undergraduate research, global and community engagement, interdisciplinary academics, and leadership development. The JMHC is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university; our goal is to create a community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. 

About Purdue University 
Founded in 1869, Purdue University is Indiana’s public land-grant university and a world-class research and teaching institution known for global impact at scale. In 2023, for the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Purdue among the top 10 Most Innovative Schools in the nation. A member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the American Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), Purdue has outstanding academic programs in the colleges and schools of agriculture, education, engineering, health sciences, liberal arts, management, pharmacy, technology, science, and veterinary medicine. 

The University also has a rich culture of interdisciplinary research and translation, which is supported by university-wide institutes and centers headquartered in Purdue’s Discovery Park District – an area where people, ideas, and partners converge to address grand challenges facing society. In Fall 2023, Purdue’s flagship campus in West Lafayette enrolled a diverse student body of over 12,100 graduate students and 39,000 undergraduate students, and has over 400,000 loyal alumni around the world. In 2023, Purdue’s engineering and agriculture programs were ranked in the Top 5 in the U.S. for both quality and scale, and the University graduated more than two-thirds of its students in high-demand STEM fields. Purdue reached a record $754M in annual research expenditures. Complementing its strong support from government and philanthropic sponsors, Purdue has rapidly growing partnerships with corporations and start-ups, with over 25 strategic alliance partners and 380 industry sponsors. 

West Lafayette, IN 

Reporting Relationship 
Jenna Rickus, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning 

Application Procedures 
Interested candidates are asked to submit applications with the following: 

  • A cover letter 
  • A curriculum vitae 

A confidential review of applications will begin on our preferred date for full consideration, April 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be addressed to Stephanie Ferguson, Executive Recruiter, at 

A background check is a requirement for 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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