Westville: Schwarz Hall (SWRZ) 150, 219-785-5243
Hammond: Lawshe Hall (LAWS) 346A, 219-989-2446
Dr. Ralph O. Mueller serves Purdue University Northwest as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. In his new role, Mueller oversees an institution of six colleges and 70+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He will continue building quality academic programs and learning experiences for students and faculty engaged in the transformation of the university.
Mueller came to Purdue Northwest in 2016 after seven years as dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions in West Hartford, Connecticut. He brings to PNW a background of diverse success that has contributed to increased student retention; effective faculty mentoring; development of new market-responsive academic programs; establishment of formal research and experiential learning opportunities; strong visioning and strategic planning; and outstanding financial management, fundraising and partnership development.
Mueller also brings an extensive academic portfolio of published books and peer-reviewed articles and presentations. He holds a baccalaureate degree from Elon (NC) University, master’s degree from Wake Forest (NC) University and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
- Implementing the Strategic Plan, with mid-course corrections as needed. Examples include:
- Expand current degree offerings and add additional degrees
- Enhance campus-wide efforts to increase student success, with a focus on well defined student learning outcomes and retention
- Increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning
- Increase distance-learning opportunities, especially as it relates to having certificate and degree programs online
- Develop programs to expand and to make student experiences as rewarding as possible
- Hire additional staff and faculty in high-growth areas
- Increase the number of high schools offering dual credit courses
Planning and policy for Academic Affairs
Providing leadership for institutional accreditation, including serving as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission
Representing PNW with the Provost’s Office, the Purdue System, the Board of Trustees, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the community
Overseeing the budgetary plans that support academic unit operations
Overseeing human resource issues
Promoting community engagement