Buzzanell to lead Butler Center

February 6, 2015  

Patrice Buzzanell

Patrice Buzzanell 

Patrice Buzzanell has been named the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence.

In her new role, Buzzanell serves as director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, leading its research and education efforts to promote inclusive leadership and facilitate collaborations among academic and business leaders. The appointment was effective Jan. 1.

Buzzanell, professor of communication with a courtesy appointment in the School of Engineering Education, joined the Purdue faculty in 1999. She earned her doctorate in organizational communication from Purdue in 1987, her master's degree from Ohio University in 1978 and her Bachelor of Science from Towson University in Maryland in 1975.

Buzzanell's research focuses on the intersections of career, leadership, gender, and resilience. She is the editor of three books and author of more than 155 articles and chapters. Her work has been published in journals including Human Relations, Communication Monographs, and Human Communication Research as well as in handbooks on organizational, professional, family, conflict, ethics, and gender communication and proceedings in engineering education.

Buzzanell has worked on ADVANCE-Purdue initiatives for institutional change and as a faculty team advisor for the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. She also serves on the faculty advisory committee of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue.

Buzzanell has been president of the International Communication Association (ICA), Council of Communication Associations, and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG). She was named ICA Fellow in 2011. She served on the research board of the National Communication Association (NCA) and on the advisory board for the Global Media Institute of Shanghai Jiaotong University.  

At Purdue, Buzzanell has received the 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, the Violet Haas Award, the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion, and the W. Charles and Ann Redding Faculty Fellowship. Buzzanell has been honored nationally and internationally with the 2014 Velux Faculty Research Fellowship from Copenhagen Business School, the NCA's Francine Merritt Award, the ICA's Fredric M. Jablin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organizational Communication, the ICA's Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship, and OSCLG's Teacher-Mentor Award.

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