Associate Dean for Research, College of Health and Human Sciences

Purdue University
Indiana, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Deans
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Salary Band
Employment Type
Full Time

Nominations and applications are invited for the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) at Purdue University. The Associate Dean of Research is responsible for overseeing and promoting the research mission of HHS. The Associate Dean of Research will identify new collaborative funding opportunities and facilitate new research partnerships within HHS, across the University, and with external stake-holders. The Associate Dean of Research will support and grow the strength and vitality of the research programs of HHS faculty. The Associate Dean for Research serves on the senior administrative team of HHS.

Founded in 2010, the College of Health and Human Sciences is the third-largest College at Purdue, and includes nine academic units: Health and Kinesiology; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Development and Family Studies; Nursing; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; Public Health and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. These nine units hold national and international recognition for their fundamental scientific and programmatic contributions to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities. HHS provides a rich environment for world-changing discovery and boasts a robust and diverse research portfolio. In fiscal year 2020, HHS received ~$34.7million in research and sponsored program awards. Funding sources to HHS include the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Institute for Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, private foundations, non-profit and state organizations.

The College of Health and Human Sciences strives to elevate the reputation of Purdue University by positioning our faculty to meet the population's health challenges, growing and creating opportunities for Indiana and the global economy, and enhancing student learning for success in a rapidly changing world. The multidisciplinary learning environment uniquely prepares students to contribute to improved human health and behavior and serve as leaders in their disciplines.

Qualifications for the position

  • Experience with establishing and managing a vibrant research program, with demonstrated skills in conducting exceptional scholarship, obtaining consistent extramural research funding, research mentoring, and cultivating research careers.
  • An innovative scholar demonstrating vision, and a commitment to supporting and fostering inter-disciplinary research.
  • Earned doctorate with accomplishments that merit appointment as a Full Professor with tenure in one of the nine academic units.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and management skills.
  • Experience with and a commitment to working with individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and to expanding and fostering an inclusive and equitable climate.

Responsibilities of the Associate Dean

  • Administering and coordinating intramural funding opportunities for faculty.
  • Advising in the preparation and processing of extramural grant applications.
  • Facilitating the development of multidisciplinary, multi-investigator research projects.
  • Administering and coordinating competitions for research grants and awards.
  • Serving as the College's liaison with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, Sponsored Program Services, Discovery Park, and other University offices.

About Purdue University:
Established in 1869, Purdue is Indiana's only land-grant University, a comprehensive R1 educational and research institution, and a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU). In addition to the College of HHS, Purdue University's strengths in Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management, Pharmacy, Science, Veterinary Medicine, and extension offices, contribute to robust research and educational environment. The University supports an The West Lafayette campus, located one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of downtown Chicago, has ten academic colleges with more than 49,000 students from over 133 countries. The diverse greater Lafayette/West Lafayette community ( has a population of approximately 200,000, various community amenities, and a low cost of living.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in this position, evidence of research funding success, administrative and leadership experience, and how the applicant’s career goals align with this position.
  • A complete curriculum vitae.
  • A statement of commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences 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 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.
Purdue is an ADVANCE institution:

For priority consideration, please submit all application materials by November 15, 2021.
Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential and should be directed to Stephanie Ferguson, HR Recruiter.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Preeti Sivasankar, Chair, HHS Associate Dean of Research Search Advisory Committee, Purdue University. Applications must be submitted electronically via this site: 

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to Stephanie Ferguson at 

A background check is required for employment in 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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