Discovery Learning Research Center

An internal search is under way for the next Director of the Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC) in Discovery Park (  The DLRC has traditionally focused on interdisciplinary research and innovation that contributes to STEM and related disciplines, and is open to all areas of learning research.  The Director of the DLRC will lead the Center in its mission and will be responsible for all internal and external affairs of the Center, including supervising the DLRC staff.  The Director will be expected to effectively communicate the Center’s achievements and vision to a variety of stakeholders, including the public, policy makers, government leaders, industry, and researchers and educators in diverse fields. The Director is expected to take the DLRC to the next level of excellence, as a center that is a world leader with national impact and international influence. 

The successful candidate will be a Full Professor with broad knowledge and experience in issues and opportunities in learning research, as well as demonstrated leadership skills and scholarly achievement in one or more areas of learning research.  The Director is expected to work with DLRC stakeholders to define and pursue strategic priorities that utilize the unique infrastructure and investment of Discovery Park and that combine discovery and engagement to sustain a world class Center at Purdue University. The Director of the DLRC reports to the Executive Director of Discovery Park and works closely with Academic Deans, Department Heads, Discovery Park researchers, and the DLRC leadership in the administration of the program. 

The review and interview process is scheduled for completion before the end of the semester so that a new director can be named by January 1st, 2015.  Applications are welcomed from Purdue West Lafayette faculty with full professor rank in any department.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but review of applications will begin on November 17th, 2014, and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials prior to this date. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their interest with their department head, as a center director is typically expected to focus 75% effort on the position.  Applications should include a letter reflecting the applicant’s experience and vision for the position and DLRC, as well as a current CV.  Applications should be sent electronically to Lisa Muncy (  We anticipate that finalists for the position will interview and give public presentations on their vision for DLRC in early December.

If you have questions about the details of the position or about the search, or would like a copy of the DLRC draft strategic plan, please contact Jon Harbor, Search Committee Chair, at   


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