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Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership

Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date posted
Apr 23, 2024

Job Details

The Department of Organizational Leadership at Purdue University Fort Wayne ( seeks an Assistant Professor with a specialization in leadership, organizational behavior, HR management, or HR development effective August 12, 2024. In addition to research and teaching, the selected candidate will be expected to serve on campus committees. Candidates are expected to currently possess or demonstrate potential to establish a defined research agenda within their field of study. Additionally, candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to successfully teach using various modalities.



  • PhD/terminal degree or ABD in leadership, organizational behavior, human resource management, industrial/organizational psychology or closely related field. Evidence of capacity to conduct high-quality research within OB, HR, leadership, or related field 


  • Demonstrated evidence of recent research productivity, i.e., peer-review publications, book chapters, and/or conference proceedings Prior college-level teaching experience and/or relevant work experience. Demonstrated success in teaching face-to-face, and/or hybrid, and/or online courses.

Possible Courses

Class assignments (3/3 load) may include Introduction to Organizational Behavior, Applied Leadership, Leadership Process, Conference Leadership, Training and Development, Human Resource Issues or other HR courses, Research Methods, or others that align with selected candidate’s discipline and corresponding department needs.

Application Information

Application materials will be accepted immediately and position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter Curriculum vita A 1-2 page teaching philosophy Evidence of teaching effectiveness A 1-2 page research statement and/or evidence of research activity (publications/writing samples) List of three references with contact information Candidates invited for a campus interview will be asked to deliver a teaching demonstration

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About Us

The Organizational Leadership Department at Purdue University Fort Wayne’s goal is simple: To develop leaders capable of driving positive change in businesses and organizations within our community and beyond. We equip our students with the skills needed to influence organizational success so they can ultimately make a meaningful contribution to the global marketplace.

The department is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including research, teaching and service/engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter how their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals help to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University Fort Wayne 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.  A check of criminal conviction records will be made for employment in this position.  Position contingent on available funding.

Review of applications will commence May 7, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee Chair:

Michael Kirchner, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor

Department of Organizational Leadership

Purdue University Fort Wayne

Office: Neff Hall 258

2101 East Coliseum Blvd.

Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Phone: (260) 481-6539



Purdue Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne is located in Indiana’s second-largest city and offers a traditional campus experience within a thriving metropolitan setting. As part of the venerable Purdue University system, students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from one of the most trusted and prestigious brands in higher education. 

With more than 8,000 students and over 300 full-time faculty members, Purdue Fort Wayne is perfectly sized to offer small classes and individualized attention, yet large enough to have all the attributes of a major research university. Students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty to tackle real-world challenges through groundbreaking research, to create exciting new scholarship, and to explore new facets of creative expression.

For more than 50 years, Purdue Fort Wayne has drawn Mastodons from near and far. Our students value the prestigious Purdue name and degree, and they experience the affordability and vibrance of Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne. We offer a traditional campus experience with perfectly sized classes that allow for individualized attention to help our students thrive. Students also have the opportunity to work alongside faculty to tackle real-world challenges through groundbreaking research and to explore new facets of creative expression.

Purdue Fort Wayne is the only university in the country with a mastodon as a mascot. It’s a distinction that we are proud of, and it represents our unique story.

Mastodons roamed the southern Great Lakes region of North America more than 10,000 years ago. But it was in 1968—four years after the university was founded—that Jack Sunderman, chair of the Department of Geology, identified a leg bone of a mastodon found just south of Angola, Indiana. Sunderman and his team of faculty and students subsequently unearthed the entire mastodon skeleton—along with the skull of a baby mastodon.

Later that year, Steve Pettyjohn, who served as the student body president in 1968–69, wrote a letter to the Communicator, the university newspaper, extolling the virtues of choosing the mastodon as the mascot: “It sounds different, strange. That’s exactly why [we should choose it]. I’m tired of slavishly copying what Bloomington, West Lafayette, and other big schools do. Let’s have the courage to be a little different.”

The following year, a student government committee selected the Mastodon as the university mascot. Don lives on as a fierce representative of Purdue Fort Wayne!

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