Dr. Rhonda Phillips
Dean, Honors College, Purdue University
Rhonda is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining teaching, research, and engagement opportunities. She provides strong experience in teaching honors courses with interdisciplinary topics, including community sustainability, quality-of-life and happiness studies, and international planning and world urbanism. Her research and outreach focus is community planning and development, as well as indicator and evaluation systems for monitoring progress towards community well-being, development and economic development revitalization goals. Rhonda is a two-time Fulbright recipient, serving as a 2012 Fulbright Specialist to Panama. She also served as the 2006 Fulbright UK Ulster Policy Fellow in Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster, focusing on heritage and cultural based community and economic development strategies. She was awarded the 2012 International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies' Distinguished Research Fellow for her work in community well-being and quality of life. She is author or editor of eighteen books, including Introduction to Community Development.
Rhonda joined Purdue in 2013, the inaugural year of the Honors College, from Arizona State University where she served as Associate Dean for Barrett, The Honors College, a top five honors programs in the U.S. Rhonda also served as a professor and former director of the School of Community Resources and Development and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability. She holds a doctorate in city and regional planning and a M.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and M.S. in economic development and a B.S. in geography from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Phillips' work prior to joining academe was in community and economic planning and development at the state, local and regional levels; she holds professional certification in urban and regional planning (AICP - American Institute of Certified Planners). She serves as the president for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, www.isqols.org. Her faculty appointment is as a Professor in Purdue’s Agricultural Economics department.