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Joel Ebarb

Joel Ebarb

Executive Associate Dean // Administration

Professor / Theatre // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Professor // Theatre // Rueff School

Office and Contact

Room: Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Room 1290H


Phone: (765) 494-0934

M.F.A. Theatre, University of Houston (1997)
B.A. English, Northwestern State University of Louisiana (1990)


Design and Production



Joel Ebarb is Executive Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. He has served in the dean’s office since 2015. His portfolio includes the following areas, programs, and initiatives:

Undergraduate Education

Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Global and Experiential Learning

Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE)

Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP)

Writing Lab/Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Previously, he served as chair of the Department of Theatre from 2011-2015. He is a professor in the Rueff School of Design Art, and Performance, specializing in theatre design and production/costume design. Joel began his career at Purdue in 1997.

He is an award-winning educator, and was a 2011 recipient of the Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, Purdue University's highest undergraduate teaching honor. He is a member of the Teaching Academy, and is listed in the Book of Great Teachers.