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  • The main goal of the "Butler Center Roundtables" series is to discuss diversity and inclusion in higher education on campus. The aim of the Roundtable series is to disseminate academic research that can enable faculty and department leaders to develop strategies and institutional initiatives that can facilitiate the success of faculty, staff, and students and contribute to the leadership pipeline.

    In fall 2018, the Butler Center began a roundtable series. This series continued through fall 2019. The goal of the roundtables was to discuss diversity and inclusion in higher education on campus. Each roundtable focused on a topic relevant to academe and included anyway between 3-4 articles for discussion. The topics covered faculty careers; challenges faced by faculty of color, graduate education, issues about inclusion, and other similar topics. Butler Center Round Tables aim to disseminate academic research that can enable faculty and department leaders to develop strategies and institutional initiatives that can facilitate the success of faculty, staff, and students and contribute to the leadership pipeline. Articles for each roundtable were made available two weeks ahead of the session.

    Each roundtable typically included two lead discussants and anywhere between 3-5 secondary commentators. Remarks by each lead discussant was limited to 10 minutes and each secondary commentator spoke for 5-7 minutes each. This allowed time for Q&A and comments. Remarks were video recorded if all the speakers consented. Details of each roundtable (and recording, if available) are available below.

    Fall 2019 Roundtable II: Faculty Retention

    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge PMU
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. November, 7, 2019
    • Lead Discussants:  Dorothy Reed, Assistant Dean for Engagement, College of Education, Purdue University; Susie Swithers, Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior, Purdue University
    • Secondary Commentators:  Janet Alsup, Professor and Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University; Elizabeth Akey, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, Purdue University; Stacey Connaughton, Associate Professor and Director, Purdue Policy Research Institute
    • Video Recording of Remarks

    Fall 2019 Roundtable I: Work-life Balance

    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge PMU
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. September, 18, 2019
    • Lead Discussants: Nancy E. Marchand-Maretella, Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean of Education, Purdue University; Regena Scott, Assistant Professor of Practice, Technology Leadership & Innovation, Purdue University
    • Secondary Commentators:  Tiffany Lyle, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, Purdue University
    • Video Recording of Remarks

    Spring 2019 Roundtable III: Excellence and Diversity

    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge PMU
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. April 24, 2019
    • Lead Discussants:  Aparajita Sagar,  Associate Professor, English;  Jill Newton,  Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, School of Education 
    • Secondary Commentators:  Pam Morris,  Professor, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication;  Laura Zanotti,  Associate Professor, Anthropology; Danielle Walker, Assistant Professor, Library Sciences

    Spring 2019 Roundtable II: Avoiding Bias - Crafting Curriculum

    • Venue: Dauch Alumni Center
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. April 10, 2019
    • Lead Discussants:  Ximena Arriaga , Professor Psychological Sciences; Elena Benedicto, Professor, English 
      Secondary Commentators:  Neil Knobloch, Professor, Agricultural Sciences Education & Communication; Manushag Powell, Assoicate Professor, English

    Spring 2019 Roundtable I: Collegiality in Higher Education

    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge PMU
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. February 5, 2019
    • Lead Discussants:  Nancy Peterson , Professor English;  Ryan Davis , Director, Assessment and Educational Programs 
      Secondary Commentators:    Karen Foli , Associate Professor, School of Nursing;  Briony Horgan , Assistant Professor;  Alexander Francis , Associate Professor, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences; Malathi Raghavan, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Video Recording of Remarks

    Fall 2018 Roundtable II: Hiring and Retaining

    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge PMU
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. November 28, 2018
    • Lead Discussants:   Beth Holloway, Assistant Dean of Engineering for Diversity and Engagement, The Leah H. Jamieson Director of Women in Engineering and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy); Tahira Reid, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
      Secondary Commentators:   Ellen Gruenbaum, Professor, Anthropology; Andy Hirsch, Professor, Physics and Astronomy; Chris Sahley, Director, Center for Faculty Success, Professor Biological Sciences and Special Advisor to the Provost, Gender Equity; Regena Scott, Assistant Professor of Practice, Polytechnic Institute

    Fall 2018 Roundtable I: Bias and Inclusion

    • Venue: South Ballroom PMU
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. October 17, 2018
    • Lead Discussants:  Toni Munguia, Director of Recruitment, Retention and Diversity, Polytechnic Institute; Carolyn Johnson, Director, Diversity Resource Office 
      Secondary Commentators:    Linda Mason, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor, Entomology; Amy Petts, Sociology Graduate Student; Jennifer William, Professor, School of Languages and Cultures; Lowell Kane, LGBTQ Center
  • The main goal of the "Conversations about Inclusion" series is to facilitate thinking about inclusion on campus. While panelists may use scholarly research and literature and/or experiences, it may be relevant to think of strategies and initiatives that facilitate inclusion.

    Everyday Practices That Can Foster Inclusion

    • Venue: Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) B074
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. April 20, 2018
    • Panelists: Jean Beaman, Angela Goldstein, Ronda Phillips and Rachel Scarlett
    • Video Recording of Remarks

    The Role of Religion in Inclusion

    • Venue: Purdue Memorial Union's West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. March 30, 2018
    • Panelists: Gulcin Con, graduate student in sociology, Carolyn Johnson, director, Diversity Resource Office, Ashley Purpura, assistant professor, interdisciplinary studies, Renee Thomas, director, Black Cultural Center.
    • Video Recording of Remarks

    Strategies for Inclusion: A Vision for Purdue

    • Venue: Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) B074
    • Time and Date: Noon – 1:30 p.m. February 23rd 2018
    • Speaker: Dr. Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer

    Inclusivity in Mentoring

    • Venue: Purdue Memorial Union's West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: Noon – 1:30 p.m. February 9th 2018
    • Panelists: Zenephia Evans, Director of the Science Diversity Office at the Purdue College of Science, and Ala Samarapungavan, Professor of Educational Studies.

    Sensitivity about the Intersections of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Sexuality and Nationality to Enable an Inclusive Campus

    • Venue: East Faculty Lounge, PMU
    • Time and Date: 12:00 to 1:30 pm December 1st, 2017
    • Panelists: Tithi Bhattacharya and Humaira Gowher

    Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Navigating Faculty/Student Relationships

    • Venue: PMU, East Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: 4:00 to 5:30 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017
    • Panelists: Allison Godwin and Ray Fouche

    Inclusion through Inter-group Dialogue

    • Venue: PMU, East Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: Noon to 1:30 pm Friday, October 27, 2017
    • Panelists: Kathleen Howell, Klod Kokini, Allison Godwin and Ray Fouche
  • Women's Exchange Network - Uncensored (WEN-U)

    WEN-U is a monthly networking opportunity for women faculty to connect with others on campus, exchange information, and share leadership strategies. This monthly meeting takes place at Another Broken Egg.

    2019 Violet Haas and Leadership in Action Award Reception

    Recipients of the Violet Haas Award and Leadership in Action Awards were honored at a reception on December 5, 2019. Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, presented awards along with co-host Mangala Subramaniam.

    • When: Thursday, December 5
    • Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
    • Where: PMU West Faculty Lounge

    2019 Faculty Recognition Reception

    Presentation of awards and end of semester reception.

    • When: Thursday, April 25
    • Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
    • Where: PMU West Faculty Lounge

    2019 Distinguished Women Scholars Reception

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

    • Date: Wednesday, April 3
    • Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Venue: PMU West Faculty Lounge

    The two 2019 awardees, who graduated in the College of Health and Human Sciences and the College of Science, respectively, are:
    * Karyl A. Rickard earned her PhD in food and nutrition in 1978 from the Department of Foods and Nutrition. She is professor emerita of nutrition and dietetics in Indiana University’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Medicine.

    * Katherine E. Yutzey earned her PhD in biology in 1992 from the Department of Biological Sciences. She is currently professor of molecular cardiovascular biology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    2018 Violet Haas and Leadership in Action Award Reception

    Recipients of the Violet Haas Award and Leadership in Action Awards were honored at a reception on December 6, 2018. Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, presented awards along with co-host Mangala Subramaniam.

    • When: Thursday, December 6
    • Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
    • Where: PMU Anniversary Drawing Room

    2018 Reception for Associates Only (tenure track/tenured and clinical)

    • Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • Time: 4:30-6:30 pm
    • Venue: Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, Yue-Kong Pao Hall, 552 W. Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907

    2018 Distinguished Women Scholars Reception

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

    • Date: Thursday, March, 22nd 2018
    • Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Venue: PMU 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

    2017 Violet Haas and Leadership in Action Award Reception

    • Date: December 5, 2017
    • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
    • Venue: PMU Anniversary Drawing Room
  • Midlevel Leadership

    Mid-level Leadership Workshop: conducted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

    • Date: April 4, 2018
    • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Venue: PMU East Faculty Lounge
    • Using the lens of the gender leadership gap, and with the latest research and strategies, AAUW has developed a workshop designed to enable women to successfully navigate the complexities of the workplace. The workshop content is as follows:
      • Inventory women’s strengths so they can develop their personal brand and articulate their value
      • Create action plans to help faculty/staff grow their leadership skills
      • Learn negotiation skills critical to their leadership success, including discussion of raises and promotions
      • Increase skill in navigating difficult conversations and workplace conflict
      • Develop strategies for positively receiving and responding to feedback
      • Examine and understand the gender leadership gap, including its long-term consequences

    Salary Negotiations

    Workshop on Negotiation: conducted by American Association of University Women (AAUW)

    There were three iterations of the two-hour workshop. The workshop was open to women faculty, staff, and ABD Graduate students. The main goals of the  Negotiation workshop were to help participants with the following:
    1. An introduction to the gender pay gap and it’s long-long consequences;
    2. Know your value, or how to identify and articulate your personal value;
    3. Know your target salary and benefits, using objective market-based data;
    4. Know your strategy, and how to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies; and
    5. Practice and roleplay.
    • Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018: 9am to 12pm
    • Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018: 2:00 - 5:00 pm at STEW 202
    • Wednesday, January 24th, 2018: 9am to 12pm at STEW 202
  • Following the Conversations about Inclusion series in 2017-18, the Butler Center organized a series entitled ‘Did you know? Information about Resources on Campus’ in 2018-19. Purdue provides a wide variety of resources to faculty to ensure they succeed in doing research, teaching, and engaging with the community. The goal of this series was to share information about campus resources and address inclusivity in ways that can facilitate success of faculty, staff, and students which in turn can contribute to the leadership pipeline.

    Spring 2019

    Topic 1: Residential Academic Initiatives: Faculty-Student Interface
    • Venue: Dauch Alumni Center
    • Time and Date: 1/25/19, 12-1:30
    • Speakers:  Dr. Carl Krieger, Director of Residential Education;  Dr. Mark Ward, Associate Professor of Statistics & Associate Director, Actuarial Science, and Undergraduate Chair;  Dr. Jonathan Manz, Associate Director of Residential Academic Initiatives.
    • For the past two decades Purdue has offered Learning Community options for new students to engage with an academic topic as a cohort inside and outside of the classroom. Two years ago Residential Academic Initiatives was formed to add to the Learning Community program and support faculty in their efforts to pair a co-curricular experience with academic engagement. The Learning Community program is now only one of the programs supported within Residential Academic Initiatives. This panel will discuss two new initiatives, the Amelia Earhart Faculty-in-Residence program and the Data Mine community, as well as highlight other ways faculty mentorship and co-curricular programs can be supported by Residential Academic Initiatives.
    • Resources:
    Topic 2: Teaching Resources Emphasis on Undergraduates
    • Venue: Stewart Center, 218
    • Time and Date: 2/19/19, 12-1:30
    • Speakers: Jenna Rickus, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and  Susan Prieto-Welch, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services;  Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Executive Director, Center for Instructional Excellence.
    • This panel will provide an overview of who our undergraduate students are/who do we teach. In addition it will include today’s college student, from a mental health perspective, with information about how our students mirror, or are different, from the nation-wide snapshot of college students mental health. Services provided by CAPS and how they’ve been designed to fit and address the needs of students will also be included.
    •  Resources:
    Topic 3: Cultural Centers as Resources II: Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC), Black Cultural Center (BCC), Latino Cultural Center (LCC), Diversity Resources Office (DRO)
    • Venue: Dauch Alumni Center
    • Time and Date: 3/29/19, 12-1:30
    • Speakers: Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, Interim Director, AAARCC; Renee Thomas, Director, BCC; Carina Olaru, Director, LCC; Carolyn Johnson, Director, DRO.
    • This session will feature the work of the AAARCC, BCC, DRO, and LCC . The four centers are deeply involved in facilitating mentoring and inclusion of students, staff and faculty on campus, especially underrepresented minorities. Each center will provide an overview of what it does and the resources it provides.

    Fall 2018

    Topic 1: Graduate and Undergraduate Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
    • Venue: STEW 302
    • Time and Date: 8/28/19, 12-1:30
    • Speakers: Linda Mason, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Entomology ; Katherine Sermersheim; Dean of Students; Jeff Stefancic, Associate Dean, Student Rights and Responsibilities; Steven Yeagley, Associate Dean of Students.
    • Speakers will cover the rights and responsibilities of undergraduate and graduate students including information about Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Will address issues that may be concerning regarding a student (all students: graduate, undergraduate, international, domestic, study abroad, West Lafayette campus, etc.).
    • Resources:
    Topic 2: Human Relations Commission
    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: 9/14/19, 12-1:30
    • Speakers: Vidhya Iyer & Charlie Shook, Co-Chairs West Lafayette Human Relations Commission and Patrick Jones, Withered Burns LLP (represents West Lafayette in HRC matters).
    • Speakers will talk about the purpose and history of the HRC, how it interacts with other HRC’s and the relationship it has with Purdue University.
    • Resources:
    Topic 3: Resources from Office of Institutional Equity
    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: 11/13/19, 12-1:30
    • Speakers:  Erin Oliver, Director, Office of Institutional Equity.
    • The Office of Institutional Equity works with the Purdue University community in implementing and upholding policies and practices that are consistent with federal and state mandates as well as existing University policies regarding equal access, equal employment and educational opportunity for all persons. OIE addresses informal and formal complaints of harassment and discrimination, and as Director of OIE, Erin Oliver also serves as the campus Title IX Coordinator and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Coordinator. She will speak about these policies and practices.
    • Resources:
    Topic 4: Cultural Centers as Resources
    • Venue: West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: 11/13/19, 12-1:30
    • Speakers: Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, NAECC; Lowell Kane, LGBTQ; Florence Adibu, CILMAR Cultural Centers.
    • NAECC, LGBTQ, and CILMAR – are deeply involved in facilitating mentoring and inclusion of students, staff, and faculty on campus especially under-represented minorities and enable intercultural learning opportunities for all Boilermakers. Each Center will provide an overview of what they do and the resources they provide. For instance, CILMAR mentors intercultural leaders, supports innovative scholarship and encourages best practices in teaching and learning and offer students mentorship, workshops and grant money for study abroad.
    • Resources:
  • Fall 2020

    Intersectionality, Institutions and Environmental Justice
    • Virtual Talk
    • Time and Date: 9/16/20, 12-1:30
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speaker: Julie Sze, Professor, American Studies, University of California, Davis

    Spring 2020

    Panel Session: Strategies for Addressing Gender Bias in Letters
    • Venue: PMU West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: 2/20/20, 12-1:30
    • Numerous studies have uncovered evidence for historical and continuing gender- and ethnicity-based differences in academia, attributed to various causes such as innate differences between the sexes, differences in career goals and interests, and explicit and implicit bias against minority academics. One topic that has been receiving increasing attention is letters of recommendations – letters for fellowships, for graduate admission, for faculty positions, and external letters for tenure and/or promotion among others. Studies suggest that letters of recommendation are ineffective because there are more similarities than differences between candidates. There is evidence for an unconscious (or implicit) bias toward male applicants based on the number of standout adjectives. What is known about such biases in letters? And how do individuals consciously mitigate these biases when writing letters as well as reviewing them when making decisions? A resource page is available here.
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers: Lecia Barker, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder; Rosanne Altstatt, Assistant Dean, National and International Scholarships Office, Purdue; and Juan Madera, Associate Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston
    What Leaders Should Know and Do: Gender, Race, Culture and the Why, When, and How of Macroagressions
    • Venue: PMU West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: 2/28/20, 12-1:30
    • Based on the new book "Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education" by Chun and Joe Feagin, this interactive talk will examine the current, too-tame language of racial, gender, and heterosexist microaggressions and proposes a more frank and reality-based terminology. Using examples from the academic front lines, the authors explain how recurring acts of exclusion of nondominant faculty, staff and students are in fact macro-inequities with long-term career, educational, material, health and familial consequences.The authors highlight the day-to-day realities of imposed identity and persistent stereotyping and share the narratives and coping strategies of women and minorities who have faced significant exclusionary challenges. The talk identified proactive leadership approaches that will help institutions identify, counteract and overcome behavioral and process-based barriers to inclusion.
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers: Edna Chun, Chief Learning Officer, HigherEd Talent

    Fall 2019

    Panel I: Trends in Higher Education: Implications for Faculty
    • Venue: PMU West Faculty Lounge
    • Time and Date: 10/1/19, 12-1:30
    • We are living in a period of major transition for institutions of higher education and with the economic pressures, universities are making more demands on faculty. Recent waves of faculty must be prepared to meet the new challenges facing the professoriate while representing the diversity of our population. Institutions of higher education are hiring and supporting a diverse faculty workforce. While commitments to tenured and tenure-track faculty continue, there is a growing group of non-tenured faculty under other categories such as, clinical faculty, continuing lecturers, visiting faculty, adjuncts (part-time or full-time), faculty, and instructors. The changing structure requires institutions to think strategically about providing faculty with opportunities and resources for recognition and excellence. What are the trends in higher education? What are the implications of these trends for leadership of women in academia? How can institutions respond to the changing profile of students? And what are the patterns in recruitment, types of appointments, retention, and time to promotion, if any, within the different types of non-tenure-track faculty appointments?

    • Speakers:  Jennifer Ruark, Deputy Managing Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education; Teresa Sullivan, President Emerita, University of Virginia; Kris Wong Davis, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Purdue University; Malathi Raghavan; Clinical Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

    Panel II: Enabling Conversations about Inclusion
    • Venue: Dauch Alumni Center
    • Time and Date: 11/21/19, 12-1:30
    • Info: We all live in and participate in a society characterized by historical and ongoing institutionalized inequality. We have varying experiences based on our gender/gender expression, race/ethnicity, sexual identity, class, ability, etc. Working together as allies is key for social and institutional transformation and to facilitate scholarly productivity. The speakers on this panel will address questions such as: What do YOU want in a colleague? How can you be an ally when you are a bystander? How can conversations be enabled to avoid conflicts?

    • Speakers: Chardie Baird, Associate Professor, Sociology and Executive Director, Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, Kansas State University; Marion Underwood, Dean, College of Health and Human Science, Purdue University

    Spring 2019

    Information about Commercializing Research
    (Co-Sponsored by the Butler Center and Purdue Foundry)
    • Venue: PMU Anniversary Drawing Room
    • Time and Date: Thursday, February 14, 12:00-1:30 pm
    • This panel session provided an overview of the Foundry services and experiences of two faculty members who are commercializing their research. The session included opening remarks by Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, vice president for Discovery Park. Panelists Juliana Casavan, entrepreneurial programs manager at Purdue Foundry; Azza Ahmed, associate professor of nursing; and Georgia Malandraki, associate professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences shared their experiences with commercializing research, and time was made available for Q&A.
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Presentations

    Spring 2018

    Faculty Workloads and Rewards Panel 

    On March 8th , the Butler Center hosted a panel titled Faculty Workloads and Rewards. The speakers were Sharon Bird, Professor and Head of Sociology at Oklahoma State University and KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education, Director of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, Affiliate Faculty in Women’s Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Studies in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park and P.I. of the NSF funded ADVANCE-IHI- PLAN, Faculty Workload and Rewards Project (2015-2020).

    Dr. Bird discussed her work comparing ADVANCE institutional efforts for organizational equity at two universities. Both institutions developed institutional transformation projects at the department level to facilitate equity and address faculty retention. Though the two universities adopted similar approaches, they differed in that one emphasized training on implicit biases and gendered organizations and were more open-ended in their efforts, while the other emphasized developing skills for democratic dialogues and required departments to develop and adhere to strategic plans for change. She then outlined the outcomes of both university’s approaches and their implications for developing best practices. Dr. O’Meara discussed her work on gender differences in faculty workloads at research universities from her NSF project, posing the problem of women being more likely to be asked to do service and other ‘non-promotable activities.’ She emphasized how department conditions and practices can either facilitate or reduce workload inequality.

    • Date: Thursday, March, 8th 2018
    • Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Venue: PMU Anniversary Drawing Room
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers:
      • KerryAnn O’Meara, professor of higher education, director of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, affiliate faculty in women’s studies and associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate studies in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. O'Meara's research examines faculty careers and academic rewards systems with a particular focus on organizational practices that support and limit the full participation of women and underrepresented minority faculty and the legitimacy of diverse forms of scholarship in the academy.
      • Sharon Bird, professor and head of sociology at Oklahoma State University. Bird was formerly a program director at the National Science Foundation (2016-17) in the Education and Human Resources Directorate, working primarily with the NSF ADVANCE Program and the Alliances for Graduate Education Program. Her research examines institutions of higher education and initiatives for enhancing the recruitment and advancement of women and underrepresented minority faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
    Building Institutional Mechanisms for Post-Tenure Advancement
    • Venue: WALC 1132
    • Date and Time: Wednesday, February 4, 2018, 3:00-4:30 pm
    • A panel presented by the College of Liberal Arts. Guest speakers: Dr. Julia McQuillan, Dr. Linda Trinh Vo, Dr. Connie Hargrave.
    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 8:00 - 10:30 am, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Sagamore Director's Room
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:00 am, PMU Director’s Room
  • As current events related to COVID-19 bring many new challenges to us all, ACE Women’s Network of Indiana organized a ‘townhall’ virtual series. The series was co-sponsored by the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University.
    COVID and Self-Care: Individual and Collective Care 
    • Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers:
      • Kristin Champa, Vice President for Advancement, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis; Sharon Bowman, Chair and Professor, Department of Conseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling, Ball State University; Marie S. Morris, Provost, Anderson University
    Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Research Productivity During COVID-19 
    • Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers:
      • Shalini Low-Nam, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Purdue University; Ella Ingram, Associate Dean for Professional Development, Professor, Biology & Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Tiffany Lyle, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Director, Histology Research Laboratory, Purdue University
    Networking/Collaborating in a Virtual Environment 
    • Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers:
      • Amisha Shah, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering & Environmental and Ecological Engineering; Purdue University; Paaige K. Turner, Dean & Professor, College of Communication, Information, and Media, Ball State University; Ximena Bernal, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Purdue University
    Community and Belongingness at the Time of COVID-19 
    • Date: Wednesday, September, 23, 2020
    • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers:
      • Nadia Brown, Associate Professor, Political Science & African American Studies and Research Center, Purdue University; Laura J. Treanor, Provost, Vincennes University; Carina Olaru, Director, Latino Cultural Center, Purdue University
    Leadership During the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities 
    • Date: Wednesday, September, 2, 2020
    • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers:
      • Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Chancellor, Indiana University Kokomo; Jay Akridge, Provost & Chief Diversity Officer, Purdue University; Susana Rivera-Mills, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ball State University
  • Topic 2: Future of Work and Well-Being - Part 2
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. April 7, 2021
    • Led by: Purdue Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park. 
    Topic 2: Future of Work and Well-Being - Part 1
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. March 31, 2021
    • Speakers (all Purdue University): 
      • Bedrich Benes, Professor, Computer Graphics Technology; Ayse Ciftci, Professor, Educational Studies; Alex Francis, Associate Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Chair, Senate Faculty Affairs Committee; Karen Foli, Associate Professor, Nursing; Jennifer Freeman Marshall, Associate Professor, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies; Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Distinguished Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    • Led by: Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. 
    Topic 1: Social Justice in Higher Education - Part 2
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. February 23, 2021
    • Led by: Purdue Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park. 
    Topic 1: Social Justice in Higher Education - Part 1
    • Time and Date: Noon-1:30 p.m. February 16, 2021
    • Video Recording of Remarks
    • Speakers (all Purdue University)
      • Megha Anwer, Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Diversity Inclusion & Equity, Honors College; Levon Esters, Professor, Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication; Meara Habashi, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management; Krannert School of Management; Donna Riley, Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education; Alberto Rodriguez, Mary Endres Chair in Elementary Education & Professor, Cross-Cultural Science Education; Audrey Ruple, Assistant Professor, One Health Epidemiology and Chair, Senate Equity and Diversity Committee; Greg Shaver, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    • Led by: Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.