Spring 2020 Program

Spring Program Schedule is available here.

Date / Time Location Event Name


Wednesday, January 22 
12:00 – 1:30 pm

Another Broken Egg
Women’s Exchange Network - Uncensored (WEN-U)

Connect with others on campus, exchange information, and share leadership strategies. Lunch provided, RSVP is required. Faculty only. Registration link will be emailed.
Tuesday, January 28
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Dauch Alumni Center
Coaching and Resource Network Meeting – Members and Participants – with Provost Jay Akridge  (by invitation only)
The Butler Center in partnership with ADVANCE Purdue continues the Coaching and Resource Network (CRN) for assistant and associate professors. The 19 CRN members have been actively meeting with the assistant and associate professors (participants). Initial meetings with the CRN members and participants provide some preliminary insights into the content of discussions, needs, and benefits. The goal of this meeting is to provide an opportunity to CRN members and participants to share their experiences, this far, as well as comments and questions, if any with Jay Akridge, Provost and Chief Diversity Officer.


Monday, February 10 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Room 258, PMU
The OpEd Project Workshop (entails an internal selection process)

Co-sponsored with Center for Environment and Discovery Park’s Purdue Policy Research Institute Workshop conducted by: The OpEd Project

The OpEd Project is a think tank and leadership organization that changes history by accelerating the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices, including women. They run a portfolio of programs across the United States and the globe and are a community of journalists and thought leaders who actively share knowledge, resources and connections across color, creed, class, sexuality, gender and beyond. They have been featured in most major media. They believe the best ideas, regardless of where they come from, should have a chance to be heard and to change the world.

This one-day workshop is highly-interactive workshop and is based on time-tested models of transformational learning around knowledge and impact. It will explore the source of credibility; how to present ideas quickly and powerfully under pressure; when and why people change their minds; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and strategies for greater impact, including how to escape a pigeonhole, how to preach beyond the choir, and the power in seeing your ideas as part of a bigger picture. Participants leave with an outline of an op-ed in hand, and + 3 months access to OpEd Project journalist mentors for individual follow up.

Thursday, February 20
12:00 - 1:30 pm

West Faculty Lounge, PMU
Panel Session:  Strategies for Addressing Gender Bias in Letters

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 women or 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 towards male applicants based on the number of standout adjectives. What do we know about such biases in letters? And how do we consciously mitigate these biases when writing letters as well as reviewing them when making decisions?

Speakers:  Lecia Barker, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder; Rosanne Altstatt, Assistant Dean, National and International Scholarships Office, Purdue University; Juan Madera, Associate Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of HoustonVideo Recording of Panel Session

Friday, February 28
12:00 - 1:30 pm

West Faculty Lounge, PMU
What Leaders Should Know and Do:  Gender, Race, Culture and the Why, When, and How of Macroaggressions

Based on a newly co-authored book, Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education, this interactive talk examines the current, too-tame language of racial, gender, and heterosexist microagressions and proposes a more frank and reality-based terminology. Using examples from the academic frontlines, it explains 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.  It highlights the day-to-day realities of imposed identity and persistent stereotyping and shares the narratives and coping strategies of women and minorities who have faced significant exclusionary challenges. The talk identifies proactive leadership approaches that will help institutions identify, counteract, and overcome behavioral and process-based barriers to inclusion.

Speaker:  Edna Chun, Chief Learning Officer, HigherEd TalentVideo Recording of Session

MARCH 2020

Thursday, March 5 - Friday, March 6

East and West Faculty Lounges, PMU
2nd Annual Conference for Associate Professors
Breaking Barriers: Path Toward Promotion

Sponsored by Butler Center, ADVANCE Purdue & Office of the Provost

Keynote Speaker: Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology, California State University Los Angeles
Keynote Title: Authentic Inclusiveness for Growth

CRN Table Discussion: Michele Buzon, Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts; Sophie Lelievre, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine; Greg Shaver, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering; Ann Weil, Clinical Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary MedicineModerator: Ximena Arriaga, Professor, Psychological Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University

NCFDD Workshop:  Every Semester Needs A Plan
Title: Maintaining Momentum and Increasing Influence After Tenure
Workshop conducted by:  Dr. Lisa Hanasono, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State UniversityRegistration required. Registration link will be emailed. Registration link will appear in Purdue Today.

Thursday, March 26

4:30 - 6:00 pm

East Faculty Lounge, PMU
Distinguished Women Scholars Awards ReceptionRecognition Lunch (by invitation Only)

Reception (open to all), RSVP is required. Registration link to be emailed and will appear in Purdue Today.

Friday, March 27
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Another Broken Egg
Women’s Exchange Network - Uncensored (WEN-U)

Connect with others on campus, exchange information, and share leadership strategies. Lunch provided, RSVP is required. Faculty only. Registration link will be emailed.

APRIL 2020

Wednesday, April 1
12:00 - 1:30 pm

East Faculty Lounge, PMU
Panel session: Butler Center grant recipients 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The four faculty members who received grants from the Butler Center for specific projects will present their study and findings.

2018-19 - Jennifer DeBoer, Assistant Professor, Engineering Education; Stephanie Zywicki, Assistant Professor; Curriculum Studies

2019-20 - Anne Lucietto, Assistant Professor, Purdue Polytechnic Institute;  Malathi Raghavan, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

April 7
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room 214AB, Stewart Center
Workshop: Negotiation

The ability to effectively influence others and manage conflicting interests is crucial to individual and organizational success. Now more than ever, your ability to negotiate effectively determines your own effectiveness. In this session, you will learn tools for negotiating outcomes that are mutually beneficial, and for bringing power and persuasiveness to bear in ways that leave the relationship intact. The objective of this workshop is to provide a cognitive framework for understanding negotiation and to offer a set of skills you can apply immediately. The role of gender in negotiation will also be briefly discussed.

Please come to the session with a negotiation of your own in mind. This might be one that you had in the past and want to revisit, or one that you need to have in the future.

Workshop conducted byGillien Todd, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Law School

Wednesday, April 22
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Anniversary Drawing Room, PMU

Faculty Recognition Reception

Presentation of awards and end of semester reception. RSVP required. Registration link to be emailed and will appear in Purdue Today.

Wednesday, April 29

8:00 - 9:00 am

Another Broken Egg

Women’s Exchange Network - Uncensored (WEN-U)

Connect with others on campus, exchange information, and share leadership strategies. Lunch provided, RSVP is required. Faculty only. Registration link will be emailed.