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Susan K. AufderheideSusan Aufderheide

Director of Exploratory Studies

Office: YONG 831
Phone: (765) 494-0843


Born in North Dakota, been in Lafayette since 1980 


Ph.D., Adapted Physical Education, University of Texas-Austin
M.A., Adapted Physical Education, University of Texas-Austin
B.A., Health & Physical Education Teaching, Hamline University


  • Director of Exploratory Studies since 2000.
  • Has been a faculty member in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation where she developed Purdue’s first adapted physical education program for teaching majors
  • Served as an academic advisor for Political Science and pre-law students
  • Served as the Director of Academic Support Services for Purdue’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program

Advice for the Future Boilermaker

College is the time to really get to know yourself and to find and follow your passion. Take time to develop new interests, get to know new people and new cultures.  Very few of the careers out there require specific majors to enter.  They do require people to demonstrate the ability to think critically, communicate well both orally and in written form and to be able to work well with others. Studying what you are passionate about allows you to demonstrate your highest level of achievement in the college setting. Let us help you discover your passion!

Fun Facts

Love reading, staying in shape, traveling and spending time with family and friends