Program

Institutional Resources to Soar to Promotion

12th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors
PROGRAM (All Eastern Time)

(Subject to change)
 
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In-person Conference Attendees Must Adhere to Protect Purdue Guidelines.
 
Time Agenda
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
8:00 am
Check-in
9:00 - 9:30 am
PMU South Ballroom
Welcome
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University.
 
Remarks by Susan Butler.
 
Opening Remarks
Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Purdue University.
 
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University.
9:30 - 11:00 am
PMU South Ballroom
Keynote: On "Kiddo" and Kiddos: Plagues, Permission Structures, and Women's Progress in Academic Leadership
Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities.
11:00 - 12:30 pm Break for Lunch - Boxed Lunches provided
12:45 - 2:00 pm
Room TBA
Breakout Session 1: ‘Difference’ that Makes a Difference
Speakers: Margo Monteith, Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University; Jennifer Esperanza, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Coopera Consulting; Seema Mattoo, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University; Denise Whitford, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Purdue University.
Moderator: Ayse Ciftci, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Head of Educational Studies, Purdue University.
 
‘Difference’ is sometimes the basis for subtle discrimination or unfair treatment of faculty within their departments and universities. Difference entails privilege and prejudice and that in turn impacts productivity, motivation, retention, and overall faculty success. How can faculty and especially assistant professors strategize to deal with such environments and succeed? How can an assistant professor navigate difference and related biases without losing focus on what needs to be accomplished to be promoted? Any suggestions to deal with social media discussions and how junior faculty may consider ‘protecting’ themselves?
12:45 - 2:00 pm
Room TBA
Breakout Session 2: Collaborating and Networking
Speakers: Richard Kuhn, The Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University; Bhramar Mukherjee, John D Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics and Chair of Biostatistics, University of Michigan; Laura Schwab Reese, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Purdue University.
Moderator: Shweta Singh, Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University.
  
Collaborations are key to research success in many disciplines. Lack of networks impact collaboration, including team compositions. In a recent article in the journal, Molecular Biology of the Cell, David Piefer discusses the role of privilege and accumulated advantage in his career.[1] That, no doubt, must have made it plausible to approach potential collaborators. What would you suggest that women faculty do to build networks? Which university-wide initiatives and professional association groups could faculty members engage with to build networks? What is the role of privileged full professors? And what can institutions do?
[1] See https://www.molbiolcell.org/doi/10.1091/mbc.E21-01-0024.
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Room TBA
Breakout Session 3: Balancing Research and Teaching
Speakers: Ourania Andrisani, Distinguished Professor of Basic Medical Sciences, Purdue University; Allison Rober, Associate Professor of Biology, Ball State University; Daniel DeLaurentis, Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University; Nusrat Jung, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University.
Moderator: Donna Riley, Professor and Kamyar Haghighi Head of Engineering Education, Purdue University.
 
Most faculty members teach as they do research and write. Balancing teaching and research has always been a challenge for academics and has been exacerbated for more than a year now. Writing, publishing, and competing for grants are central to faculty success. How can one address the challenges of balancing research and teaching? What of your own experiences can you share? What key points may be useful for conference attendees, particularly assistant professors?
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Room TBA
Breakout Session 4: Well-Being as a Priority
Speakers: Manushag Powell, Professor of English, Purdue University; Patricia Davies, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University; Yumary Ruiz, Associate Professor of Public Health, Purdue University; Laura Zanotti, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of Center for Environment, Purdue University.
Moderator: Emily Hixon, Professor of Education and Director of Center for Faculty Excellence, Purdue University Northwest.
 
Faculty members in higher education institutions continue to navigate the challenges posed by the two major crises - the COVID-19 pandemic alongside the protests for social justice and racial justice. Challenges continue in different ways including the small steps towards in-person interactions. Faculty members have responsibility for child care, elderly care, and long distance caring of family members – all of which have been exacerbated the past few months. Self-care has always been relevant and more so now. What can you share about self-care and well-being? Who/what are the powerful allies in the pursuit of wellbeing?
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Memorial Mall
Reception
Open to all registrants. Reception will be held in Memorial Mall (opposite Stewart Center which is across from Purdue Memorial Union, the site of the Conference).
Thursday, October 14, 2021
8:00 am
PMU East & West Faculty Lounge
Check-in
8:15 am
PMU East & West Faculty Lounge
Welcome
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University.
8:20 - 10:15 am
PMU East & West Faculty Lounge
Breakout Session 5: Preparing for Promotion/Tenure: Top Tips
Speakers: Candace Croney, Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-being and Director of Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University; Nilupa Gunaratna, Associate Professor of Public Health, Purdue University; Irena Swanson, Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, Purdue University; Liz Wuerffel, Associate Professor Department of Communication and Visual Arts, Valparaiso University; Ann Weil, Clinical Professor and Section Head of Anesthesiology, Purdue University; Linda Mason, Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Entomology, Purdue University.
Moderator:  Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence Purdue University.
 
The promotion/tenure process involves at least 5 years in rank and so can be intense. Panelists should speak to process of promotion/tenure in academia (link to type of institution as attendees are from within and outside Purdue; and maybe clinical or tenure track). Consider the expectations, strategies to adopt that is what may work, and what NOT to do. Panelists can include personal experiences or examples, but it would be most useful to make a broader point based on that experience.
10:15 - 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
PMU East & West Faculty Lounge
Workshop: Cracking the Confidence Code
Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Director of Advancement Talent Management, Dartmouth College
 
A hidden force that can undermine career and leadership ambitions is a lack of confidence, particularly for people with marginalized and minoritized identities who must also overcome systemic barriers due to their gender and race. In this session, we will unpack why it is so hard to feel confident, bust common myths about confidence, and identify research-based strategies to build confidence that capitalize on our diverse identities. Workshop attendees will leave with a two-week goal and a long-term action plan to achieve a personal or professional aspiration.
12:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University.

For more information about the keynotes and workshop, please visit the Keynote and Workshop page.

Time Zone

Please note that Purdue University is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST) and observes Daylight Savings Time.