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Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence
Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication
Phone: (765) 494-9709
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Assistant: Krista Kelley

As Purdue's Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Beverly Davenport Sypher provides data driven strategic direction for a wide array of faculty-focused initiatives including recruitment, retention, resource allocation and faculty development.  New initiatives under her leadership include cluster hiring, strategic opportunity hiring, bridge fund hiring, dual career assistance programs and faculty success and retention efforts.   These programs are complimented by a strategic partnership with Harvard's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) and a Faculty of Excellence campaign to increase the number of endowed professorships.  She has responsibility for faculty policies including grievances, conflict of interest and commitment and promotion and tenure.

Davenport Sypher also leads the Provost's Fellows Program, the Department Head Leadership Program and New Faculty Orientation and serves as the liaison for the CIC Academic Leadership Program.  She directs the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence whose goals are to advance inclusion and broaden representation in academic leadership.  She founded Purdue Women Lead out of a partnership with the American Association of Colleges and Universities and launched Purdue's Distinguished Women Scholars Program to honor outstanding alumnae.

While at Purdue, Davenport Sypher has served as associate provost for special initiatives and Director of the Discovery Learning Research Center, part of Purdue's ambitious Discovery Park that promotes "discovery with delivery."  Under her leadership, the Center doubled external funding to $30 million and forwarded a digital media, games based learning initiative for which she and her team received the Mira Award in 2008 for educational contributions to technology.

Davenport Sypher has been the PI or Co-PI for more than $18 million of funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, most of which has supported student success programs especially for underrepresented students in STEM disciplines.  She has received NSF funding for studies in leadership and change management for engineers.  Organizational assessments and evaluation research have been supported by private foundations and industry contracts.  She has published three books on longstanding interests in quality of work life issues and workplace civility, directed the evaluation of a health related entertainment education initiative in the Peruvian Amazon, published on e-health including telemedicine and telehospice.  Her recent book with Lutgen-Sandvik (2009), Destructive Organizational Communication, won an Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association.

Davenport Sypher is also an award-winning teacher who was named a University of Kentucky Great Teacher, a University of Kansas Kemper Fellow, Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa outstanding professor, and the Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Profession from the National Communication Association.

Beverly earned a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan and bachelors degrees in communication and journalism from Western Kentucky University in her hometown of Bowling Green.  Prior to Purdue, she was a senior fellow in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Tech University, divisional dean for the social sciences at the University of Kansas and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky.