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Title:  Dept. Chair Biological Sciences

Requisition ID:  5609

Hammond & Westville, IN, US

Date:  Oct 19, 2019
Position Introduction

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) with campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana, invites applications and nominations for an experienced and enthusiastic academic leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences within the College of Engineering and Sciences. The Chair will provide a contemporary vision and leadership to the largest academic department in the college; and will be expected to play a key role in expanding and strengthening the growing health-related programs in the unit.

Purdue University Northwest (PNW)

PNW, part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, offers world-class educational opportunities at an excellent value on two culturally diverse, student-centered campuses located in northwest Indiana and within easy driving distance of Chicago, Illinois. PNW is public university in Indiana, with more than 10,000 students, offering nearly 70 programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. The institution has distinguished itself with opportunities for experiential learning, undergraduate research, and one-to-one relationships between faculty and students.

College of Engineering and Sciences (CES)

The College of Engineering and Sciences serves over 1,600 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students across a wide range of academic programs. In addition to the Department of Biological Sciences, the college includes: a Department of Chemistry and Physics; a Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; and the School of Engineering which houses the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The college also contains three distinguished and award-winning research centers, which include: Center for Innovations through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center, and Water Institute.

Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences is a multi-disciplinary unit serving more than 450 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate students at 2 campus locations. The department includes 15 tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty members, and 4 staff members. The unit offers baccalaureate degrees in Biology (with multiple concentrations), Health Studies, and Medical Laboratory Science, as well as a master’s degree in Biology. The service region offers some unique natural attractions, such as the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore, and both campuses are within 15 miles of the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Additionally, between university property and the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, faculty have access to more than 600-acres of habitat for educational and research opportunities.  In fall of 2020, the new $40 million, 68,000 sq. ft. Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovations Building will open on the Hammond campus. The facility will house the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Nursing, and will contain flexible teaching and research labs, as well as contemporary student interaction spaces.

Department Chair

The Department Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences. The Chair provides first-level management and strategic leadership for the academic unit, as well as students, faculty, and staff assigned to the department. The needs of students and the well-being of the department, college, and university are central obligations of this position. The Department Chair is expected to promote collegiality, positive university citizenship, and must be able to represent the unit both to on-campus and off-campus constituencies. The successful candidate will understand contemporary trends in both higher education and the discipline; and will be able to articulate a vision to advance the department in learning, scholarship, and community engagement.


Candidates for the position of Department Chair are REQUIRED to hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences, or a closely related field, and must have experience with contemporary health-related programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Examples of closely related fields include but are not limited to Athletic Training, Biomedical Science, Clinical Laboratory Science, Exercise Science/Kinesiology, Health Science, Nutrition and Wellness, and/or Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy.


Applicants with 3 or more years of academic leadership experience are preferred, as are candidates that are able to articulate a clear vision for both biological and health programs. DESIRABLE skills include an ability to promote student success, manage effectively, strategically plan/implement new programs, and build partnerships with the community in a meaningful way. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills are desirable. The successful candidate will have a record of teaching, scholarship, and service that merits appointment at the rank of Professor in one of the disciplines in the department.

Application Process

The search committee will begin reviewing applications for the position on September 2, 2019; the committee will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to have application materials submitted by August 29, 2019. A complete application will include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and contact information of 5 professional references.  Applications must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format.


PNW is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, 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 sincerely values diversity and inclusion.


Position inquiries and nominations must be emailed to the Search Committee Chair at

Additional Information

Visit our web site for additional information about the University. For information regarding our excellent benefits package, visit Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check.


Purdue University Northwest 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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