Faculty Scholar Award

This award supported two Purdue tenure-track faculty members to plan for and carry out research on a topic that would further the mission and goals of the Butler Center.

2014 Faculty Scholars                             

Nadia Brown photo Shannon McMullen photo
Pictured: Nadia Brown Pictured: Shannon McMullen

Nadia Brown and Shannon McMullen were named 2014 faculty scholars for the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

The appointments provided research support to Brown and McMullen, who formed the center's second class of faculty scholars. The professors received the honor because their scholarship exemplifies the mission of the center, which focuses on research about women and leadership.

Nadia Brown.....

is assistant professor of political science and African American studies. Her book-length research project, "The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Candidates," focused on electoral politics and will include an examination of African American women candidates’ identities and understanding of the political environment.  

Brown's research interests lie in identity politics, legislative studies and black women's studies. Her ongoing research projects address the politics of appearance for black women candidates for public office. Brown enjoys teaching courses in the fields of African American studies, women's and gender studies, and political science, she says.

Brown received her PhD in political science in 2010 from Rutgers University with major fields in women and politics and American politics. She also holds a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies. She received her BA, also in political science, from Howard University in 2004.

Read Nadia Brown's report here

Shannon McMullen.....

is assistant professor of electronic and time-based art and American studies. Her research project, "Gender and Campus Visual Culture: Viewing Narratives and Voicing Alternatives," will apply social inquiry and artistic forms to provoke critical public dialogue around the gender narratives of campus visual culture.

McMullen's ongoing research interests and artistic endeavors investigate changing relations between nature and technology, the creation of installations to produce temporary socio-democratic spaces, and public visual cultures.  Collaboration and interdisciplinarity are significant components of her research and practice.

McMullen received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego, in 2007. Her dissertation, titled "Post-Industrial Nature and Culture in the Ruhr District, Germany, 1989-1999," considers an extreme example of how political and cultural elites of a rust-belt region jointly constructed a new visual culture based on the material and "natural" legacy of more than a century of coal mining and steel production in an effort to revitalize a devastated landscape.

Read Shannon McMullen's report here

Award Information


  • A 1-semester faculty release time during the AY (a maximum of $20,000.)
  • A $1500 discretionary account for use in furthering a research discussion through collaboration with the Butler Center Research staff and the Faculty Scholar.

Purpose and Participation:

  • The Butler Center sponsors a faculty scholar with the intent of supporting the faculty member’s research in developing a project that furthers scholarship and promotes the mission and strategic themes of the Butler Center
  • The Faculty Scholar will generate a research brief, explaining the project undertaken, accessible to a general audience. The brief will be posted with the research section of the Butler Center website.
  • After the fellowship period, the fellow will continue their association with the Butler Center through research engagement, formal and informal collaboration, attendance at Butler Center events and general contribution, as appropriate, to the ongoing vision and intellectual capital of the Center.
  • Recognize the Butler Center in all presentations and publications that arise as a result of research generated through the Butler Scholar support by listing the Butler Center as the author’s academic affiliation:

Application Process:

Applications consist of the following:

  1. A cover sheet with name of the faculty member, department and contact information, title of the project, and the acknowledgement of the faculty member’s participation by the department head.
  2. A 500-word abstract of the proposed research.
  3. A two-page proposal that describes the research to be carried out, how the work supports the mission and goals of the Butler Center.
  4. A two-page CV that includes:
    • Record of applicant's education, including the dates when degrees were awarded;
    • Record of applicant's employment;
    • List of applicant's publications, including page numbers for journal articles and book chapters; and
    • List of applicant's awards and grants received during the last five years.

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