Diversity Leadership Team (Organization Chart)


Deba Dutta

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity


As of July 1, 2015, the role of chief diversity officer is being handled directly by Deba Dutta, whose new title reflects this change.

As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, Dutta ensures that diversity and inclusion are a priority for all areas of the university including faculty, students and staff.  He and the college deans work in tandem to coordinate campus efforts for maximum impact.

As chief diversity officer for Purdue, Dutta intends to broaden the conversation and programming about diversity at Purdue and leverage the success of the NSF-funded Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) initiative that is now housed in the Office of the Provost.

Broadened participation will include underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and women, as well as first-generation students,members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. New programs and initiatives are in development and will be announced shortly by the Office of the Provost.

Dutta has an extensive understanding of the issues fundamental to expanding participation of populations underrepresented in higher education, and has demonstrated his ability throughout his career.

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Mark J. T. Smith

Dean, The Graduate School

Mark J. T. Smith serves as Dean of the Purdue University Graduate School. He is an active member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and currently serves as Chairman of the CGS Board.

Smith is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity. While working at Georgia Tech, he helped create the EMERGE Consortium, which together with AAAS hosted the EMERGE Workshops for the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) programs. He was a member of the Administration Team for AGEP-FACES at Georgia Tech, one of the first AGEP programs funded by NSF. At Purdue, he was an active member of the Diversity Action Committee in the College of Engineering and led the NSF Midwest Crossroads AGEP program as PI—an alliance consisting of Purdue, Northwestern University, and IU. Smith is a member of Purdue’s NSF ADVANCE leadership team, tasked with increasing the participation and advancement of women in STEM fields at Purdue. Smith currently serves as the lead faculty member of the NSF-funded Professorial Advancement Initiative, a Big 10 Academic Alliance project aimed at increasing faculty diversity within the alliance, through active mentoring of underrepresented minority post-doctoral scholars.

Smith is a recipient of the Purdue University Dreamer Award, which recognizes service to others and promoting inclusiveness, and the Black Graduate Student Association’s Engagement Award.

Smith’s scholarly interests are in the area of digital signal processing. Over the years, he has supervised and graduated 32 PhD students. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and is a former IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. Smith is the co-author of two introductory books, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filtering; co-author of the graduate-level textbook, A Study Guide for Digital Image Processing; co-editor of the book,Wavelets and Subband Transforms; and editor of a new book, GPS for Graduate School—Students Share Their Stories.

Smith received the B.S. degree from MIT and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. He joined Purdue in 2003 as head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Joan Fulton

Joan Fulton

Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion

Joan Fulton is Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. She is also Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Fulton is passionate about diversity and making Purdue University a place where students, staff and faculty from all backgrounds feel welcome and have the resources they need to excel.

She has a three-way appointment with responsibilities in teaching, research and Extension and is active in the broader Purdue community. She was Chair of the University Senate during the 2010-2011 academic year. She has been one of the senior faculty resources for Purdue’s FAST mentoring program since its inception and is a regular table facilitator for the ADVANCE Faculty Search and Screen hiring workshops. As a faculty member she has formally and informally mentored women faculty as well as faculty from underrepresented minorities. She was a formal mentor in the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program. Fulton was selected by the Provost’s office as one of five faculty to be a Fellow in the 2015-2016 CIC Academic Leadership Program.

Dr. Fulton’s research and Extension program focuses on problems related to marketing and business structure both in the United States and internationally. She has examined the soybean value chain with specific emphasis on the cost of identity preservation of specialty soybeans. She develops and delivers programming for small businesses in Indiana and beyond. In West Africa she has explored the importance of alternative extension programming for technology transfer and adoption of improved technologies. She is currently examining the factors that contribute to successful entrepreneurship for women selling street food in West Africa and other developing countries..

Dr. Joan Fulton joined the Purdue faculty in July 1997. She completed her Ph.D. work at the University of Minnesota where she explored the impact of centralized versus decentralized decision-making authority in grain marketing cooperatives. She previously held assistant professor positions at the University of Alberta and Colorado State University.

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