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Lisa Mauer, Ph.D

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


Program Manager for Faculty Affairs: Susan Grasham

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Lisa Mauer

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Lisa Mauer joined the provost’s office as associate vice provost for faculty affairs (AVPFA) on January 1, 2020 . In this role, she provides leadership for initiatives that support faculty recruitment, hiring, retention, development, and success at all career stages.

Mauer is a professor of food science and member of the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, and served as director of the Center for Food Safety Engineering from 2011-2021 . Her research focuses on food materials science structure-function questions, emphasizing low and intermediate-moisture products, water-solid interactions, food ingredient architecture, and micronutrient stability. She has received the top research award in her discipline, the 2014 IFT Marcel Loncin Prize, as well as the 2019 IFT Research and Development Award, and the IAFP 2017 GMA Food Safety Award. At Purdue, Dr. Mauer has received the Agricultural Research Award, the Purdue TEAM Award, the Purdue Corps of Engagement Award, and several Seed for Success and College of Agriculture Millionaire’s Club Awards.

Mauer enjoys teaching, mentoring, and advising students. She has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including food chemistry, food packaging, food ingredient technology, and the science of experimental cuisine. She has also participated in study abroad courses. Dr. Mauer is an inducted  member of Purdue’s Teaching Academy and the Book of Great Teachers, and received the David C. Pfendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor Award.

After receiving her B.S. degree in food science from Purdue University, Dr. Mauer completed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral work in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She was a continuing lecturer in the Nutrition Department at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, prior to joining Purdue in 2001 as an assistant professor of food science.