Interim Dean of Libraries, Dean, Honors College, Professor Agricultural Economics
Rhonda Phillips is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining educational, research and engagement opportunities in experiential, transformative environments. She provides interdisciplinary teaching and research experience across a range of diverse topics, including sustainability, community well-being, economic development and planning, and world urbanism. 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. In addition, Phillips served ASU as a professor and director of the School of Community Resources and Development, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability. Rhonda is a three-time Fulbright recipient, serving as a 2015-16 and 2012 Fulbright Specialist to Panama and as the 2006 Fulbright UK Ulster Policy Fellow in Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster. Recognition includes induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) and recipient of the 2012 International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies' Distinguished Research Fellow. She is author or editor of 24 academic books, including the textbook, Introduction to Community Development, and Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning and a M.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a M.S. in economic development and B.S. in geography from the University of Southern Mississippi.