Associate Dean and Director of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education

West Lafayette, Indiana
September 17 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is searching for a creative and innovative leader who has a passion for research and wants to work across disciplines/colleges and the university to enhance faculty success and further develop the research enterprise at Purdue.

Duties & Responsibilities:  The Associate Dean and Director of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education reports to the Dean of Agriculture and has responsibility for leading research programs in agriculture, food, life, and natural resource sciences and directs the activities of the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station.  Responsibilities include: develop college-wide research priorities; support and facilitate multidisciplinary research; support new faculty hires and faculty in the pursuit of extramural funds; enhance graduate education and professional development; foster a diverse and inclusive environment; develop, manage and allocate resources, including facilities; lead reporting efforts to supporting agencies and partners; and generally advocate for agriculture, food, life and natural resource sciences research in Indiana with state and federal funding agencies, corporate partners, and broader stakeholders.  For more details go to:  The Director oversees research portfolio, including $69M in grants and contracts, eight regional Purdue Agricultural Centers, campus-based research facilities, and a number of research centers and core facilities.  The Director coordinates and manages agricultural research through the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station with the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine, and assures effective connections with other campus research communities, Extension, other colleges, and Discovery Park.

Qualifications:  Candidates must have an earned Doctorate that would qualify them for the rank of Professor in a department in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University, demonstrated effective leadership in multidisciplinary teams, and an affinity for the land grant mission.  Successful candidates will have demonstrated excellence in research and grantsmanship; the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, university administration and broader stakeholders; the capacity to think creatively about key research/grant opportunities and challenges, and work successfully with public and private agencies that support scholarly research; a commitment to diversity and inclusion; and an appreciation for the commercialization process and protection of intellectual property.  Demonstration of effective leadership, the ability to foster and lead effective partnerships, and the capacity to work successfully as part of a leadership team to integrate agricultural research, academic programs, extension and international programs is essential.

The College: The College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked ninth globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 313 faculty, 2782 undergraduate students, and 690 graduate students.  The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at

Application:  Nominations or letters of interest should be sent electronically to Dr. Jason Henderson, Associate Dean and Director of Purdue Extension and Chair of the Search Committee, Purdue University, at  Applicants should submit a cover letter emphasizing his or her ability to carry out the responsibilities of the position; a complete curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail for five references.  Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval of the applicant.

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.  Purdue is an ADVANCE institution –  A background check is required for employment in this position.

To ensure consideration, applications should be submitted by October 12, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.  Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Henderson at (765) 494-8489.  The successful candidate must have or be eligible to obtain a work Visa in the U.S. upon appointment.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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