David A. Reingold

david reingoldDavid A. Reingold became the Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at Purdue University March 1, 2015. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the College, he is responsible for the departments of History, English, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, and Anthropology, as well as the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, the School of Languages and Cultures, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) has nearly 300 full-time faculty members, approximately 2,500 undergraduate majors and 600 graduate students across more than 40 majors and 15 doctoral programs with an annual budget of over $70M.

Purdue College of Liberal Arts Priorities

At Purdue, Dean Reingold launched a series of initiatives to position the College to emerge as a leader in innovative liberal arts education and scholarship. His four areas of focus are to: strengthen undergrad education, upgrade graduate education, enhance faculty excellence, and expand revenue sources.

In undergraduate education, the College launched Degree in 3, the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program, Degree+, opened a CLA Career Center, and created the Job-Ready Awards to provide financial support for students on low- and unpaid internships. New beginners in CLA increased 16.4% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2018 after decreasing 40% in the prior five year period.

To upgrade graduate education, he led a graduate program right-sizing effort resulting in an increase in graduate assistantship salaries from $14,000 to $18,000 ($20,000 in the social sciences), increased the number of students on research assistantships, and created PROMISE, an internal grant program for graduate student research that supported more than 700 proposals and invested more than $600,000 from 2015-2018.

In support of faculty excellence, he advanced an array of programs to support teaching innovation and scholarship: Innovate, Aspire, Create, Engage, 2Teach. He established a Dean’s Faculty Fellow program and sponsored participation in the Faculty Success Program offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity for more than 40 assistant professors with a total investment in excess of $1,500,000 from 2015-2018.

To generate revenue, Reingold has supported the growth of an online professional master’s degree in communication and entered into a corporate partnership tied to the world-renowned Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL).

Academic Career

Reingold’s primary teaching and research areas include urban poverty, economic development, social welfare policy, low-income housing policy, civil society, and government performance. His research has appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Administration Review, Social Service Review, Urban Studies, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and Housing Studies, among other social science journals.

Prior to his appointment at Purdue, Reingold was Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (now the Paul O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs) at Indiana University – Bloomington.

Public Service

His public service experience includes positions as director of research and policy development at the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, a member of the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth and chair of the Task Force’s research committee, housing commissioner and vice-chairman of the Bloomington Housing Authority Board, board president of the South Central Community Action Program, and chair of the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. He has served on expert panels for the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has served on editorial boards for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Service Review, Evaluation Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Personal Life

A native of Chicago, Reingold received his B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Lynn Hooker, associate professor of music, have two children, Jessica and Jack.

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