Purdue’s new faculty appointments hit all-time highs, led by record enrollment, investment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Andrea Hayes had family connections that made the opportunity very appealing to join the Purdue University faculty as an assistant professor focusing on public health literacy in the School of Libraries and Information Studies.

Her mother, Stephanie Allen, has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue. And Hayes knew Purdue’s commitment to teaching and scholarship would make an offer from the Big Ten school too attractive to resist leaving the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

“The atmosphere at Purdue Libraries, the camaraderie from the moment I walked in during my visit, was overwhelmingly positive,” said Hayes, a public health literacy expert in underrepresented and underserved populations who holds degrees from Central University of North Carolina and Columbus State University. .


Andrea Hayes is a new assistant professor of library and information studies coming to Purdue from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. (Photo by Purdue University/John Underwood) Download image

Hayes joins a class of new faculty already in the Purdue history books: 213 new faculty join Purdue, the most in a year, added to expand Purdue’s research capacity and work with more than 50,000 students and Boilermaker masters for fall 2022, an expected eighth consecutive year of record enrollment.

Through 281 faculty searches over the past year at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus:

  • 213 new teachers were hired — the most ever.
  • 84 of the 213 new faculty members were brought to Purdue through new investments as part of Purdue’s initiative to increase enrollment, the Equity Task Force’s cluster hiring program or other strategic initiatives.

“These are truly exciting times at Purdue, a remarkable year with the record levels of investment we are making in our faculty, attracting the best and brightest scientists, teachers and researchers from across the nation and the world to be part of our Boilermaker family,” said Jay Akridge, Purdue’s chancellor and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity.

“The rising tide of our record student enrollment growth, stemming from our continued efforts at affordability and affordability, creates commensurate demand to increase our faculty numbers, to enhance our commitment to quality instruction, and to competitive student-to-faculty ratios in our classrooms.” rooms. With these new faculty members, we are also dramatically expanding our research capabilities.”

As part of these record faculty numbers, 37 are arriving through Purdue’s successful Dual Career Assistance Program, which provides funding to departments and colleges for spouses and partners of faculty members seeking faculty and non-faculty appointments, said Peter Hollenbeck, Purdue’s vice chancellor for faculty affairs.

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Taimoor Qazi joins the Purdue faculty as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, arriving this fall from the University of Pennsylvania. (Purdue University photo/provided) Image download

I am joining Purdue this fall as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Taimoor Kazi cites the university’s ideal research environment, particularly a strong culture encouraging cross-departmental collaboration, for advancing his research program in engineered biomaterials for musculoskeletal tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

“I have been very impressed with the facilities and laboratories, the opportunities for collaboration between different schools and departments, and the high quality of student and staff support available here at Purdue. This made the decision to begin my independent research career at Purdue an easy one to make and one that I am very excited about,” said Kazee, who comes to Purdue after spending three years at the University of Pennsylvania.

“BBeing part of the largest class of incoming faculty ever just shows that Purdue has big plans for the future and is leading the conversation by investing in young faculty who are striving to make great strides in their fields of research,” Kazee added.

It also has an important story in the history of Purdue’s record-setting new faculty class.

As part of one of the largest faculty hiring initiatives in Purdue history, 11 new faculty are arriving through a cluster hiring effort that spans six departments in three colleges in public health, health policy and health equity, Hollenbeck said .

These educators are welcome through this comprehensive, five-year, $75 million Equity Task Force initiative, a Purdue Moves 2.0 effort aimed at promoting diversity in research, thought and representation among the university’s faculty, staff and students. Of the 11 Purdue faculty members starting this fall through this initiative, six are black.

And for the just-started fiscal year 2023, Purdue expects another year of record hiring levels, with 239 faculty searches planned, including 89 positions newly funded through enrollment growth and other strategic initiativesHollenbeck said.

For this fall, Purdue projects an enrollment of more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students; official enrollment figures for the semester will be released in early September. This follows fall 2021 enrollment of an all-time record 49,639 students, including a record 10,191 freshmen representing all 50 states and 130 countries.

With accessibility and affordability at the forefront of its mission and supported by record enrollment for eight consecutive years, Purdue has maintained tuition at 2012-13 levels of $9,992 per year for Indiana residents and $28,794 for out-of-state students for 11 consecutive years years. And Purdue’s commitment to holding the line of study will continue through at least 2023.

New faculty at the West Lafayette campus participated in a new faculty orientation Aug. 18 hosted by the provost’s office. The new faculty were welcomed by Provost Akridge and heard presentations on a variety of topics such as tenure and promotion; teaching at Purdue; campus climate; research and partnerships; equity, diversity and belonging; and engagement. They also attended an information fair during the day-long event.

Brief profiles of many of the new faculty members, such as a welcome and introduction, are presented here by the Office of the Provost and Purdue Today in downloadable format.

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Screenwriter: Philip Fiorini, 765-430-6189, [email protected]

Contact with the media: Trevor Peters, 765-494-2073, [email protected]

Sources: Jay Akridge

Andrea Hayes, [email protected]

Taimor Qazi, [email protected]

Peter Hollenbeck, [email protected]

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