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Endowed Professorship, Health Studies, Biological Sciences
Purdue University Northwest

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2019
Title Endowed Professorship, Health Studies, Biological Sciences
University Purdue University Northwest
Hammond, IN, United States
Department Department of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering and Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 10, 2020
  • Associate Professor
    Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Biomedical Sciences
    Anatomy & Applied Anatomy
    Health Sciences - General

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) with campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana, invites applications for the newly created Nils K. Nelson Endowed Professorship in Health Studies housed within the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Engineering and Sciences (CES). The successful candidate is expected to play a central role in expanding health-related programs on campus and compliment the growing research initiatives within the department.

Purdue University Northwest (PNW), part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, offers world-class educational opportunities at an excellent value on two culturally diverse, student-centered campuses located in northwest Indiana and within easy driving distance of Chicago, Illinois. PNW a public university in Indiana, with more than 10,000 students, offering nearly 70 programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. The institution has distinguished itself with opportunities for experiential learning, undergraduate research, and one-to-one relationships between faculty and students.

The College of Engineering and Sciences (CES) serves over 1,600 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students across a wide range of academic programs. In addition to the Department of Biological Sciences, the college includes: a Department of Chemistry and Physics; a Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; and a School of Engineering with a Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The college also contains three distinguished and award-winning research centers, which include: Center for Innovations through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center, and Water Institute.

The Department of Biological Sciences is a multi-disciplinary unit serving more than 450 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate students at 2 campus locations. The department offers baccalaureate degrees in Health Studies, Medical Laboratory Science, and Biology (with multiple concentrations), as well as a master’s degree in Biology. The B.S. in Health Studies currently offers opportunities to follow tracks in health care administration/communications, and wellness/fitness or tracks for pre-professional programs in pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy and pre-chiropractic. The department currently has over 230 majors in health-related programs. The department, as well as the University as a whole, is in the process of expanding interdisciplinary program offerings in health-related fields. The faculty includes 15 tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty members, and 4 staff members. In fall of 2020, the new $40 million, 68,000 sq. ft. Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovations Building will open on the Hammond campus. The facility will house the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Nursing, and will contain flexible teaching and research labs, as well as contemporary student interaction spaces. For additional information about the department see

Education: Applicants should have an earned doctorate in Health Studies/Sciences, or a related discipline.

Experience: The applicant must have documented experience in teaching, curriculum development, and scholarship in a department offering health-care related programs. The successful candidate will have a record of teaching, scholarship, and service that merits appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, and will become the inaugural Nils K. Nelson Professor.

Responsibilities: Desirable candidates will be able to contribute to the core instructional requirements for the program, and develop more advanced courses in health-care related subjects. The successful candidate is expected to carry out an active research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students and to be involved in curriculum development. This named endowment includes annual support for a variety of research activities, including supplies and equipment, travel, and support for graduate students.

Application Process and Requirement: The desired start date for this position is August 10, 2020. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. A complete application will include a letter of interest, teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three or more references electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

PNW 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 sincerely values diversity and inclusion.

Applications must be submitted electronically at…al Information: Visit our web site for additional information about the University. For information regarding our excellent benefits package, visit Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check.

FLSA Status: Exempt

  • Purdue University Northwest is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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