Phillips was appointed Dean of the Purdue Honors College in July 2013. She is responsible for developing and implementing the new Honors College to serve students across all disciplines at the university. Since 2014, Phillips has served as the Faculty Liaison with the Purdue Extension Local Food Program. Previously, she served as Associate Dean for Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University and as a professor and director, School of Community Resources and Development. Phillips also served as Senior Sustainability Scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and as affiliate faculty in the School of Public Affairs and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. She has served on the faculty of the University of Florida and held visiting appointments at the University of Vermont and is a three-time Fulbright award recipient.
As a planning and economic development specialist, community quality of life and well-being comprise the focus of Rhonda’s research and outreach activities. She is author or editor of 25 academic books, including Introduction to Community Development and Local Food and Community Development. Rhonda is former editor of the journal, Community Development, and is founding editor of the book series, Community Development Research and Practice and Current Issues in Community Development, both in conjunction with the Community Development Society and Routledge. She is founding editor of the International Journal of Community Well-Being, published by Springer.
Phillips' work prior to joining academe was in community and economic planning and development at the state, local and regional levels; she is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, nominated and inducted in 2016 for career achievements. Rhonda is past President of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, www.isqols.org and serves on the site visitor team of the national Planning Accreditation Board.
Dr. Phillips received her doctorate in city and regional planning and a M.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and a M.S. in economic development and a B.S. in geography from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was the first woman to graduate from the doctoral program in city and regional planning at Georgia Tech.
Recent Awards and Honors
2019-20 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow
2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Commission Senior Specialist Award, Panama
The Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track for the Promotion of Community Development and Well-Being, established 2017 with a permanent track, International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.
2016 Distinguished Service Award, International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies
M. Brennan and R. Phillips (eds.) (2019). Culture, Community and Development, London: Routledge.
Kee, Y., Lee, S.J. and Phillips, R. (eds.) (2019). Perspectives on Community Well-Being. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
R. Phillips and P. Kraeger. (eds.) (2018). Community Planning and Development, four-volume reference set in Critical Concepts in the Built Environment series, London: Routledge, www.routledge.com/Community-Planning-and-Development/Phillips/
Phillips, R., Plunkett, D., and Ucar Kocaolgu. B. (2018). Place Attachment in Community Renewal and Development, Journal of Community Practice, 26(4): 471-482 https://doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2018.1521352
R. Phillips and C. Wong, (eds.) (2017). Handbook of Community Well-Being Research, in the series, Handbooks of Quality-of-Life Research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, Top 25% downloads for Springer, www.springer.com/us/book/9789402408768
M. Holden, R. Phillips, and C. Stevens. (eds.) (2017). Community Quality- of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII, in the series, Community Quality-of-Life and Well-Being, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, www.springer.com/us/book/9783319546179
S. Kenney, B. McGrath, and R. Phillips. (eds.) (2017). The Routledge Handbook of Community Development, London: Routledge, www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Community-Development/Phillips-Kenny-McGrath/p/book/9781138940765
Christensen, B. and Phillips, R. (2016). Local Food Systems and Community Economic Development through the Lens of Theory, Community Development, 47(5): 635-651 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15575330.2016.1214609
Phillips, R. and Stein, J. (2016) Heritage and Community Regeneration in Northern Ireland: Finding Points of Coalescence in the Development Planning Process, Journal of Community Practice, 24(1): 4-17, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10705422.2015.1127303
Phillips, R. & Pittman, (Eds) (2015). Introduction to Community Development, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.