Appointments, honors and activities

September 2, 2011

Appointments and promotions:

- Diane Beaudoin has been named the director of assessment. She will provide campus-wide leadership and support for assessment of student learning, and she will report to the vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs. The effective date was Aug. 22, and Beaudoin most recently served as director of assessment in the College of Engineering.

- Shawn S. Donkin has been appointed an associate director of the Purdue Agriculture Research Office. Donkin will be responsible for the transition of the graduate program to the Agriculture Research Office and facilitating activities that enhance the graduate student and post-doctoral experience in the College of Agriculture. He will serve as liaison to the Office of Academic Programs, which will maintain curricular and enrollment support for the graduate program. He also will be responsible for developing a more streamlined reporting strategy for the USDA-NIFA integrated Plan of Work and USDA-NIFA formula funded/capacity grants (Hatch, Animal Health and McIntire-Stennis). Donkin joined Purdue in 1995 as assistant professor of animal sciences. He was promoted to professor in 2006 and was selected as a University Faculty Scholar in 2007. Donkins' research program explores the cellular and molecular processes controlling liver function in response to nutritional, hormonal, environmental and developmental cues. The appointment was announced by Karen Plaut, associate dean and director of agricultural research.



- Daniel Morris, professor of English, recently published a book, "After Weegee: Essays on Contemporary Jewish American Photographers." More information on Morris’s book can be found at  

- Robert E May, professor of history, and Jill P. May, professor emerita of literacy and language, will publish their new book "Howard Pyle: Imagining an American School of Art," on Sept. 5. For more information, go to

- Anne Fliotsos, associate professor of visual and performing arts, recently published "Interpreting the Play Script: Contemplation and Analysis." For more information, visit  


Student honors:

- Last spring, four Krannert MBA teams participated in the Google Online Marketing Challenge. Two of these teams were listed in the top 100 entries and finished in the top 16 in their region. One team consisted of Tao Tao Wang, C.T. Gooding, Franklin Kuok, Giselle Montenegro, Vishwas Bhaaradwaj, and Elizabeth Pascarelli. The other team members included Ben Crockett, Saketh Chinni, Scott Fryer, Ankit Koppikar, Siddu Patil, and D.J. Crandall. Jeffrey Hu, assistant professor of management was the faculty adviser. For more information about the competition, visit