Conference for Pre-Tenure Women

New Series: Did You Know?: Information About Resources on Campus

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence is unveiling a new series in the 2018-19 academic year: "Did You Know? Information About Resources on Campus." The goal of the "Did you Know?" series is to share information about campus resources and enable a broader discussion of scholarship that addresses bias, inclusion and retention among all constituencies on campus. These initiatives are intended to facilitate the success of faculty, staff and students, which in turn can contribute to the leadership pipeline.

Date: August 28, 2018

Time: Noon to 1:30 pm

Topic: Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Speakers: Linda Mason; Katherine Sermersheim, Jeff Stefancic, and Steven Yeagley

Place: Stewart Center, Room 302.

Registration is available online. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. The event will also serve as the center's welcome back reception.

ICYMI : Provost's Newsletter

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence was featured in the May 2018 newsletter from the Provost's Office. The message from Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity highlighted the panel on Faculty Workloads and Rewards as well as the Conversations about Inclusion series organized by the Butler Center. Please read the feature here.

Working Paper Series Announcement in Purdue Today

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, in partnership with ADVANCE-Center for Faculty Success, is announcing a new Working Paper Series that will focus on navigating careers in the academy. This peer-reviewed series will include work by senior scholars, graduate students and faculty at Purdue.

The series will serve as a means for documenting and sharing interventions, practices processes developed or used by those in the academy to navigate their careers. Topics may include but are not limited to strategies for diversifying faculty, staff and students; creating inclusive research environments; considering inclusivity in mentoring; and gender biases in the classroom. The inaugural issue of the series with invited articles was released on May 10 and is available online  Those interested in submitting a manuscript to the series should send a 150-word abstract summarizing the paper’s essential points to Professor Mangala Subramaniam or Professor Chris Sahley at

For more information, please read the announcement in Purdue Today.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Research Fellowship 2018!

Jennifer DeBoer, Assistant Professor Engineering Education (Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering by courtesy)
Project: Fostering Networks and Supporting Leaders: A Study of Female Engineering Faculty in Supportive Professional Networks across Diverse Cultures.

Stephanie Masta Zywicki PhD, College of Education, Purdue University and Co-PI: Terese Mailhot, MFA, Visiting Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Project: Creating Place: The Experiences of Native American Women in Higher Education

End of Semester Reception for Campus Faculty 

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence will host an end-of-the-semester reception for all campus faculty at 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries in Pao Hall. Please find the flier here

Mangala Subramaniam, Chair and Director of the Butler Center, will announce the recipients of the Susan Bulkeley Research Fellowship for 2018-19. 

Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity, will give remarks at 5 p.m. and announce the inaugural issue of the new Butler Center-Purdue ADVANCE Working Paper Series about navigating careers in the academy.

Entertainment and refreshments will be offered. Click here for registration. 

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. 

In the News: Media coverage of Butler Center in DNA, a national newspaper in India 

In an article titled The Effective Executive in DNA, a national newspaper in India, Dr. Mangala Subramaniam, Butler Chair and director of Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence comments on the need for diversity in leadership: “Leader diversity is important because it can bring in different perspectives and approaches to understanding and solving issues. Diverse leaders may also foster excellence.”

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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