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Leading Ethically in the Age of AI and Big Data

A grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will allow Purdue to become a national leader in the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data. By organizing a series of four events featuring leading experts on ethics of AI and Big Data, Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts will develop a blueprint for undergraduate professional ethics curricula that will address the many ethical challenges presented by fast-evolving digital technologies.

Strategic Plan 2019-2024

As emerging technologies unfold making certain that those advances contribute in positive ways will fall to academic, business, community, and government leaders, who define its regulation and liability, and anticipate its consequences, intended and not. From our position at Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts is well-positioned to contribute to the body of knowledge that empowers future generations to reimagine the world around them and be a force for good.

The strategic plan was developed in collaboration with a team of faculty and staff representing the College, reviewed by faculty and staff, and endorsed by the CLA Faculty Senate and the CLA faculty as a whole.

CLA Space Study 2022

In summer 2022, the College of Liberal Arts began a Space Study as part of Purdue’s Future of Work initiative, working in partnership with Administrative Operations. The study will consider the appropriate footprint for each of its academic and administrative units. Under the direction of the Dean, space allocations will be set to accommodate current and anticipated staffing and to align with campus space guidelines as they relate to job classification and work modality (in-person, remote, or hybrid) to provide faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students with spaces appropriate to new ways of learning and working at Purdue.


In Fall 2022, the College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with the College of Science (CoS), launched a faculty cluster hire to advance our strategic investments and research profiles in Sociogenomics. We will search for multiple scholars, including existing groups of investigators, in Sociogenomics to assemble a new world-leading cohort of approximately 15 faculty.  A relatively new field, Sociogenomics brings together perspectives from across the social sciences and demography with the most advanced methods and technologies in statistical and computational genetics. It explores how genetics, the environment, and social forces interact to shape complex human behaviors and outcomes. Of particular interest are candidates with expertise in incorporating genetic data into research that investigates social, political, and health outcomes and topics. Complementary areas of interest are bioethics and the history of genomics. Please refer to this link to learn more about the positions available in this new initiative.