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Chair – Department of Public Policy

Posted: 4/9/2018 (Employment)

The Department of Public Policy at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW)1 is seeking an energetic and engaged Chair to begin July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar with the administrative experience and skills to lead a department that emphasizes quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and community engagement.

The mission of the Department is to improve the quality of public service through teaching current and prospective public servants, through research on public issues, and through service to organizations with public policy interests. The Department awards bachelor and master degrees. Undergraduate concentrations are Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Law and Public Policy, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Graduate concentrations are Health Systems Administration and Policy, Public Administration and Policy, and Nonprofit Management.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in criminal justice, health administration, public or nonprofit management, political science, sociology, or a related field and must have qualifications to be a tenured associate or full professor. Experience in government, criminal justice, health, nonprofit administration, or other related field is required. The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, maintain an active research agenda, and manage the day-to-day operations of the Department in collaboration with the faculty in the Department. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The faculty in the Public Policy have backgrounds in Political Science, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Management, and Public Health. The Department currently has approximately 210 undergraduate and graduate students. PFW1 (see is the largest institution of higher learning in northeast Indiana, offering more than 200 degrees and certificates to a student body of more than 8,000. PFW’s commitment to community engagement makes it an economic, cultural, and societal leader in the region. PFW is located in Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 425,000. PFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The review of applications will begin March 26th and will continue until the position is filled. All candidates who are interviewed should prepare a 45-60 minute instructional presentation. Please submit a letter of application explaining how you would contribute to our program and teaching needs; a curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching effectiveness; unofficial transcripts; and the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of three professional references to:

Andrew Downs, Search Committee Chair
Department of Public Policy
Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Room Neff Hall 260
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Telephone: 260-481-6691
Fax: 260-481-6985

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Location: Purdue University Fort Wayne