Faculty Cluster Hire Initiative

Faculty Cluster Hires

Purdue University is a national leader in the graduation of Black and African American doctorates in the physical sciences, computer science, and veterinary medicine. Our track record of supporting diversity dates back well over a century and is rooted in our land-grant mission.

Today, as part of the comprehensive 5-year, $75 million plan to further enrich and diversify its faculty, staff, student body, we have mounted a cluster hiring initiative in Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Equity with a strong commitment to continuing to advance diversity in research, thought and representation at Purdue. 

Cluster-hires to begin fall 2021 [full list at bottom]

The first cluster, comprised of 14 new faculty members across four colleges—Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Libraries and Information Studies, and Pharmacy—is just the first wave of a larger, multi-year cluster hiring initiative, totaling 40 faculty, that will expand our research enterprise, add to the range of perspectives of our faculty, and promote a supportive community for all students. Alongside several other ongoing initiatives, this program evinces Purdue’s strong commitment to further enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We are not only conducting inclusive searches that will help us land a diverse set of exceptional faculty, but will also use considerable resources to nurture each hired cohort into a true intellectual cluster, with support for aggregation, meetings and workshops, and other disciplinary and professional development activities.

The first group of faculty cluster-hires will be in the area of Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Equity. This broad area, which was originally developed as a Moves 2.0 proposal by several deans, is a good fit for Purdue, and possible sub-areas within it are public health, social demography, health policy analysis, public health administration, public health education and communication, health science information specialties, health science analytics, and health equity and disparity.  For the full list of positions for which we are currently searching, see the list at bottom.

Creating an environment for success

The Colleges and Departments that are participating in the cluster-hire initiative are collaborating to build strong applicant pools, recruit top candidates, and support the cluster as an academic and professional cohort once they arrive at Purdue.   Central support will be provided for the group to coalesce and collaborate, with a view to the eventual development of a campus Center or Institute, along with the expansion of the Department of Public Health.  Important elements that will provide collaborative opportunities and cohesion for the cluster hires include the Center for Health Equity and Innovation, based in Purdue’s College of Pharmacy ( https://cheqi.pharmacy.purdue.edu/), and the leadership of Jerome Adams, former Surgeon General of the United States, who has recently joined Purdue as a professor of practice in the departments of Pharmacy Practice and Public Health.  Dr. Adams will serve as the university’s executive director of health equity initiatives, and as a faculty member of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue. 

Position 1

  • College: CLA
  • Department: Sociology
  • Faculty Position: Health Equity and Disparity
  • Brief description: The Department of Sociology at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track advanced Assistant Professor position in the area of health disparities with a focus on racial inequality.  To complement growing departmental strengths, we are especially interested in those who study adolescent and young adult health, including mental health and well-being disparities as a consequence of social position.  Being able to teach race and ethnicity is a plus. Applicants with expertise in the study of mental health disparities during the pandemic are encouraged to apply.
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Ken Ferraro - ferraro@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 2

  • College: CLA
  • Department: Lamb School of Communication
  • Faculty Position: Health Communication
  • Brief description: The Brian Lamb School of Communication is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in health communication and/or public relations who will be able to perform research and teach in areas related to health education/promotion, campaigns, social justice, health policy, health equity, or public relations. The candidate must have a PhD: can be in communication, health promotion, health education, public relations, or a related field.
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Evan Perrault - eperraul@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 3

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Nutrition Science
  • Faculty Position: Chronic Diseases
  • Brief description: The Department of Nutrition Science invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the areas of 1) nutrition and chronic diseases and 2) community based participatory research. This individual will carry out work directly relevant to improving the health of populations, and will work closely with our Extension Programs to disseminate their findings to local communities. This will likely involve partnering with colleagues with a public health focus whose expertise is in health literacy communication, promotion, and community engagement -- in our Dept of Public Health, as well in Health and Kinesiology and in Engineering.
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Laura Murray-Kolb - lmurrayk@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 4

  • College: HHS
  • Department:Public Health
  • Faculty Position: Epidemiology
  • Brief description: The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences seeks applicants in the area of epidemiology with a research focus in social determinants of health or global health (Asst/Assoc).
  • Rank: Associate
  • Search Committee Chair: Amanda Seidl - aseidl@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 5

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Human Development & Family Studies
  • Faculty Position: Diverse Families
  • Brief description: The HDFS department is hiring an Assistant or Associate Professor who studies diversity in family or developmental science. We are particularly interested in candidates who aim to understand the unique needs of families and/or individuals from ethnically/racially diverse, marginalized, immigrant, and/or underrepresented groups.
  • Rank: Associate
  • Search Committee Chair: Sara Schmitt - saraschmitt@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 6

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Public Health
  • Faculty Position: Health Disparities
  • Brief description: The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences seeks applicants in the area of public health with a research focus in health disparities (Asst).
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Chris Ladisch - ladischc@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 7

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Faculty Position: Total Worker Health
  • Brief description: We seek a faculty member studying Total Worker Health, an area of research that is a high priority of the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health, whose definition of total worker health is "policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being." This represents an integration of classic occupational health hazards with general health and well-being (i.e., wellness programs). Total Worker Health views work as a social determinant of health, and its research areas include worker well-being, mental health, substance abuse in the workplace, healthy work design, chronic disease, and more. 
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Ellen Wells - wells54@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 8

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Public Health
  • Faculty Position: Global Health
  • Brief description: The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences seeks applicants in the area of public health with a research focus in global health (Asst).
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Chris Ladisch - ladischc@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 9

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Public Health
  • Faculty Position: Health Policy
  • Brief description: The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences seeks applicants in the area of health policy with a research focus in health disparities (Asst/Assoc).
  • Rank: Associate
  • Search Committee Chair: Amanda Seidl - aseidl@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 10

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Nursing
  • Faculty Position: Emerging public health inititaives, care inequities
  • Brief description: The School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professor positions in the area of public health and care inequities.  The faculty member will be expected to conduct research and teach courses that enhance or complement the School’s priority area of public health and care inequities, including but not limited to: emerging public health initiatives, care inequities, health policy and regulation, maternal and child health, health disparities, health behaviors, wellness and care of vulnerable populations across the life span.
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Libby Richards - earichar@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 11

  • College: HHS
  • Department: Nursing
  • Faculty Position: Emerging public health inititaives, care inequities
  • Brief description: The School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professor positions in the area of public health and care inequities.  The faculty member will be expected to conduct research and teach courses that enhance or complement the School’s priority area of public health and care inequities, including but not limited to: emerging public health initiatives, care inequities, health policy and regulation, maternal and child health, health disparities, health behaviors, wellness and care of vulnerable populations across the life span.
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Libby Richards - earichar@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 12

  • College: Libraries
  • Department: Libraries and SIS
  • Faculty Position: Health informatics and literacy
  • Brief description: This position focuses on health informatics and critical information literacy related to health and wellness. The position’s scholarship and engagement would relate to community education, particularly in traditionally underserved communities, and improving access to credible health information and critical evaluation of that information.
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Margaret Phillips - mlphillips@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 13

  • College: PHARM
  • Department: Pharmacy Practice
  • Faculty Position: Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Equity
  • Brief description: We seek faculty interested in addressing disparities in the social determinants of health locally in Indiana and/or in settings outside of the United States.  Pertinent experience and desirable areas of engagement may include, but are not limited to: providing healthcare services for underserved populations; working directly with marginalized communities to develop contextualized services aligned with their needs; assisting with nutrition insecurity; promoting youth education and wellness; evaluating public health programs; developing population health enhancing programs; addressing economic disparities. These areas of emphasis align with Purdue’s Center for Health Equity and Innovation (CHEqI) to which the faculty will be expected to contribute based on their expertise. 
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Sonak Pastaki - spastaki@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

Position 14

  • College: PHARM
  • Department: Pharmacy Practice
  • Faculty Position: Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Equity
  • Brief description: We seek faculty interested in addressing disparities in the social determinants of health locally in Indiana and/or in settings outside of the United States.  Pertinent experience and desirable areas of engagement may include, but are not limited to: providing healthcare services for underserved populations; working directly with marginalized communities to develop contextualized services aligned with their needs; assisting with nutrition insecurity; promoting youth education and wellness; evaluating public health programs; developing population health enhancing programs; addressing economic disparities. These areas of emphasis align with Purdue’s Center for Health Equity and Innovation (CHEqI) to which the faculty will be expected to contribute based on their expertise. 
  • Rank: Assistant
  • Search Committee Chair: Sonak Pastaki - spastaki@purdue.edu
  • Application Web Site

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