Distinguished Women Scholars 

Distinguished Women Scholars honors alumnae who earned a Purdue doctorate and have made significant scholarly contributions to their respective academic communities.

Award Reception: Thursday, March, 22nd 2018: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Purdue Memorial Union's Anniversary Drawing Room. 

Congratulations to: 

Christine M.Ladisch, Ph.D., Textile Science, 1978
Kay A.Lawton, Ph.D., Horticulture, 1990
Deborah E.McDowell, Ph.D., English, 1979
Marilyn K. Speedie, Ph.D., Pharmacy, 1973

Please click here  for more details about the awardees!

Susan Bulkeley Butler Research Fellowship Call for Applications

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence calls for proposals for the Susan Bulkeley Butler Research Fellowship. This research fellowship recognizes a tenure-track or clinical faculty member or postdoc researcher who plans to undertake a project highlighting and/or benefitting women in academe. Projects focused on intersectionality (intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality and/or other differences) will be preferred. The PI must be a tenure-track/tenured or clinical faculty member or postdoc researcher. A total of $6,000 is available for making one or two awards.

Aimed at furthering the mission of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center, this award supports the work of an individual (or individuals) interested in developing leadership capacity of women, enhancing understanding of women and work, advancing inclusion and representation of women in academic decision-making, or some similar focus. As the title of the award implies, there is a research component required, though data for the research may be from a variety of sources (e.g., survey, interviews, focus group discussions, documents, secondary sources, experiments etc.).

 Individual and team submissions are accepted. An application packet must include the following:

(1)  Proposals should be described in a maximum of 3 pages (excluding title page and references) single spaced in 12 point font. It should include the following details:

  • Project goals and significance
  • Plan to gather and analyze data
  • Budget – Funding needed to conduct the project (as detailed as possible). The funds cannot be used for salary or salary supplements.
  • Timeline for project
  • Brief explanation of how project supports the mission of the Butler Center and clear outcomes

(2)  A 2-page CV

The selected individual(s) will receive funding to conduct their projects in one year. A report on the project and findings will have to be submitted to the Butler Center at the end of the one year project period. Application packets are due by 5 pm on April 9, 2018. The application packet should be emailed as a single PDF to butlercenter@purdue.edu

Research fellowship recipients will be recognized at the Butler Center’s end of the year reception on May 10, 2018.

In the News: 'Negotiation Workshop' coverage in The Exponent 

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence hosted workshops advising women faculty, staff and graduate students on how to negotiate for higher salaries. Read more about the Negotiation Workshop in The Exponent. 

Provost’s Message

Please see Provost Jay Akridge’s message for the month of December here, highlighting faculty focus on the Butler Center.

Welcome to the website of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center!

The Butler Center has an exciting set of events this fall (2017). The semester began with the extremely well-attended Conference for Pre-tenure Women in the first week of September. Supplementing the two keynote addresses by Jessica Bennett and Beronda Montgomery, several tenured faculty members from Purdue participated in one of the fourteen panels. An overview of this year’s conference can be reached from the following document (PDF, page 21).

The new series, Conversations about Inclusion, has been received well on campus. The first two panel sessions saw very high levels of attendance and engagement. Three more panels are coming up this semester. Please see the schedule.

As in past years, Susan Bulkeley Butler has graciously agreed to hold two leadership coaching sessions this fall. The first one is for staff and the second one will focus on faculty.

Please continue to join us for the WEN-U breakfast meetings. See our fall program for the dates. Two awards of the Center – Violet Haas award and Leadership in Action award – have been announced and will be decided this semester.

We will be continuing the Conversations about Inclusion series, WEN-U, and the Coaching sessions in spring 2018. Our spring program will be available late in November. In addition, we will have some new initiatives. Look out for the details of the new initiatives in November.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our events!


Mangala Subramaniam

Professor, Sociology &
Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence

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