Patrice M. Buzzanell

Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence 
Director, Butler Center

Patrice M. Buzzanell is a Distinguished Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the School of Engineering Education (courtesy) at Purdue University. In 2015, she became the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence and Director of the Butler Center.

Buzzanell's research focuses on the intersections of career, leadership, gender, and resilience. Specifically, she focuses on the everyday negotiations, policies, and structures that produce and are produced by the intersections. She is the editor of three books and author of more than 160 articles and chapters. Her work has been published in journals including Human Relations, Communication Monographs, andHuman Communication Research as well as in handbooks on organizational, professional, family, conflict, ethics, and gender communication and proceedings in engineering education. She also has published in the proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Frontiers in Education, and other outlets.

Buzzanell has worked on ADVANCE-Purdue initiatives for institutional change and as a faculty team advisor for several engineering design teams the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. She also serves on the faculty advisory committee of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue.

Buzzanell has been president of the International Communication Association (ICA), Council of Communication Associations (CCA), and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG).She was named ICA Fellow in 2011. She served on the research board of the National Communication Association (NCA) and on the advisory board for the Global Media Institute of Shanghai Jiaotong University. She has served as editor of Management Communication Quarterly and associate editor and editorial board member of about two dozen journals and handbooks.

At Purdue, Buzzanell has received awards for her discovery, learning, and engagement. Among these, she has received the 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, the Violet Haas Award, the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion, and the W. Charles and Ann Redding Faculty Fellowship. Buzzanell has been honored nationally and internationally with the 2014 Velux Faculty Research Fellowship from Copenhagen Business School, the NCA's Francine Merritt Award, the ICA's Fredric M. Jablin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organizational Communication, the ICA's Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship, and OSCLG's Teacher-Mentor Award. Current funded collaborations include development and validation of individual engineering ethical development and team ethical climate scales as well as everyday negotiations of ethics in design through National Science Foundation (NSF) funding as Co-PI. [Email: buzzanel@purdue.edu]


Tamara Hoffman
Administrative Assistant and Assistant to Patrice Buzzanell



(765) 494-9879

Tamara Hoffman relocated to the Lafayette area from Greenville, SC, and joined the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence in March, 2013. She has over twenty years experience in executive support positions at corporations such as BMW, Inc., Cessna Aircraft and Koch Industries. She enjoys spending time with family, playing the piano, cooking, traveling and volunteering.

Ellen Ernst Kossek

Research Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence 

Basil S. Turner Professor of Management, Krannert School of Management

Ellen Ernst Kossek (PhD, Yale) is the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. Her research has won awards including the 2015 Rosabeth Moss Kanter award for research excellence, the Families and Work Institutes’ Work-Life Legacy award for helping to build or advance the work-life movement. She has also won the Academy of Management’s Gender and Diversity Division’s Sage Scholarly achievement award for advancing understanding of gender and diversity in organizations. She was the first elected president of the Work-Family Researchers Network, a founding member of the Work Family Health Network and elected a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She was elected to serve on the Academy of Management’s board of governors, and Chair, of the Gender & Diversity in Organizations Division. She has been invited to give keynote speeches to managers, scholars, students and policymakers in over a dozen countries.  Prior to taking an endowed chair at Purdue, she was awarded the rank of University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. She has been a visiting scholar at Kings’ College London, Harvard Business School, the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the University of Michigan’s Institute of Social Research, and Center for Education of Women. Prior to becoming a professor, she worked in Human Resources in Asia, Europe and the U.S. for Hitachi, IBM & GTE. She works globally to advance knowledge on gender and diversity and positive employment practices. 

Visit Ellen's website here.

Kyunghee Lee

Kyunghee Lee 

Research Associate and Project Manager

Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence 

Dr. Kyung-Hee Lee is a Research Associate and Project Manager at the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center at Purdue University. She earned her Ph.D. at Texas Tech and previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. Her research interests include military families, work-family issues, dyadic and longitudinal processes of intimate relationships, and voluntary childlessness.

Sherry Fisher

Sherry Fisher

Administrative Assistant and Assistant to Ellen Kossek

Krannert School of Management

fishe120@purdue.edu; (765) 496-2708

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