Dr. Rhonda Phillips
Dean, Honors College, Purdue University
Rhonda is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining teaching, research, and engagement opportunities. She provides interdisciplinary teaching experience across a range of diverse topics, including sustainability, international planning and world urbanism. Her research and outreach focus is community planning and development, as well as indicator and evaluation systems for monitoring progress towards community well-being and economic development revitalization goals. Rhonda is a three-time Fulbright recipient, serving as a 2015 -16 and 2012 Fulbright Specialist to Panama. She also served as the 2006 Fulbright UK Ulster Policy Fellow in Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster, focusing on heritage and culturally based community and economic development strategies. She was awarded the 2012 International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies' Distinguished Research Fellow for her work in community well-being. She is author or editor of nineteen academic books, including the textbook, Introduction to Community Development, and Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development.
Rhonda joined Purdue in 2013, the inaugural year of the Honors College, from Arizona State University where she served as Associate Dean for Barrett, The Honors College, a top five honors programs in the U.S. Rhonda also served as a professor and former director of the School of Community Resources and Development and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability. She holds a doctorate in city and regional planning and an M.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and M.S. in economic development and a B.S. in geography from the University of Southern Mississippi. She serves as president for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, www.isqols.org.