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Requisition ID:  7674

Department Head

Job Summary

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Department of Educational Studies (EDST) at Purdue University is seeking a visionary department head with exceptional communication and administrative skills, a proven record of successful leadership, and the ability to lead an academically diverse department. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in creating a productive and supportive environment for EDST faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must have a strong record of published scholarship and be eligible for appointment as a tenured Full Professor in one of four department program areas: Counseling Psychology, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. Professional experience or scholarly expertise with PK-12 teaching, counseling, and/or administration is <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">preferred<span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">. It is anticipated that the initial appointment as Head will be for a 5-year term with potential renewal for consecutive terms. This is a 12-month appointment that will become a regular 9-month faculty position when the final term as Head expires.


The Department Head is responsible for leadership of the department’s faculty, staff and academic programs as well as effective use of the department's financial, administrative, and human resources. The Head works closely with the Dean and members of the College’s Administrative Council to further the mission and vision of the department and college. The Head is expected to advocate for department programs at the state, national, and international levels; participate in state and national educational policy decision-making; support faculty scholarship and teaching innovations; and lead the faculty in strengthening and fulfilling the mission of the department.


EDST is one of two departments in the College of Education and consists of 25 tenure track/9 clinical/5 staff members, and 292 grad/116 undergrad students. Our nationally known faculty is engaged in the discovery, application, and dissemination of new knowledge focused on enhancing human potential. Our faculty collaborates with colleagues across and beyond Purdue University on interdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement efforts. Additional information on the department’s programs and course offerings can be found at the department website:  https://www.education.purdue.edu/departments/department-of-educational-studies/

Application Requirements

Review of applicants will begin on Monday, November 25 and will continue until the position is filled; start date is July 1, 2020. Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications and expectations including a review of administrative experience and accomplishments to date
  • Curriculum vitae (including home address and preferred e-mail address)
  • Statement of vision and goals as the Head of EDST


References will be requested from finalists. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and verification of eligibility to work in the US.  The College of Education 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 letter of application, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


All materials must go through <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">https://career8.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=7674&company=purdueuniv&usernamebut should be addressed to Drs. Mandy Rispoli & Heather Servaty-Seib, Co-Chairs, Educational Studies Department Head Search Committee. For questions, contact Dr. Rispoli mrispoli@purdue.edu or (765) 494-7301 or Dr. Servaty-Seib servaty@purdue.edu or (765) 494-0837.

Equal Opportunity

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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