Ladisch, Christine M.
- Existence: June 10, 1951 -
Christine M. Ladisch was appointed Dean of Purdue University's College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) on January 7, 2013, and served as the Inaugural Dean of the college since July 1, 2010. Prior to her appointments as Dean and Inaugural Dean, she served as Purdue's Vice Provost for Academic Affairs since July 2005, and as Associate Provost since 2001, where she provided leadership in undergraduate education and dealt with matters of personnel, budget, academic planning, program evaluation, promotion and tenure, and general academic policy development and implementation. Her direct reports included the Center for Instructional Excellence, the Oral English Proficiency Program, the University Honors Program, the Undergraduate Studies Program and the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. From 2008-2010, she led with co-chair Mark Pagano, the West Lafayette campus' preparation and self-study for institutional reaccreditation review. Purdue received the full 10-year re-accreditation with no follow-up requirements. Ladisch and Pagano both received Purdue's One Brick Higher Award for their leadership role in the accreditation process. Dr. Ladisch has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Consumer Science since 1979. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Purdue University and the baccalaureate degree from Indiana State University. Her research focuses on cellulose chemistry and biotechnology applications for textile products. She has received departmental, school and university-level awards for teaching excellence, is a member of the Teaching Academy and listed in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. In 2003, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue's former College of Consumer and Family Sciences.