June 7, 2018

Programs prepare faculty to lead

Twenty faculty members have completed professional development programs designed to prepare them to take on leadership roles.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program and the Purdue Insights Forum are both designed to help faculty interested in taking on administrative roles. Although both programs will help faculty prepare for leadership positions, each program takes a distinct approach to achieving the goal.

BIG TEN ACADEMIC ALLIANCE ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The BTAA program helps faculty members explore academic leadership opportunities and develop leadership skills through small-group discussions with Purdue’s senior academic leaders. Participants meet every two weeks with a broad spectrum of Purdue’s administrators to learn about opportunities and challenges associated with academic administration. The BTAA program is part of a collaboration with Big Ten universities, and the cohort attends seminars at peer universities three times during the academic year.

Purdue faculty who have participated in this program in past years include Steve Abel, associate provost for engagement; Eric Barker, dean, College of Pharmacy; Jeff Bolin, associate vice president for research; Christine Ladisch, dean, College of Health and Human Sciences; and Pamala Morris, assistant dean/director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and professor of agricultural sciences education and communication in the College of Agriculture. A complete list of Purdue faculty who have participated is available online. Faculty apply to the program with support from their department and dean (the fall 2018 cohort has been selected and is listed below).

Questions about the BTAA program should be directed to Peter Hollenbeck, vice provost for faculty affairs, Steve Abel, associate provost for engagement, or Jessica Huber, associate vice provost for faculty affairs.

2017-18 BTAA Academic Leadership Program Fellows

* Greg T. Buzzard, professor and head, Department of Mathematics.
* Dimitrios Peroulis, Reilly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate dean for external affairs, College of Engineering.
* Barbara L. Golden, professor of biochemistry and interim assistant dean for graduate education and faculty development, College of Agriculture. 
* Susie Swithers, professor and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Psychological Sciences.
* Jennifer M. William, professor of German and head, School of Languages and Cultures.

2018-19 BTAA Academic Leadership Program Fellows

* Monica E. Cardella, associate professor of engineering education, director of INSPIRE.
* Donatella Danielli-Garofalo, professor of mathematics.
* Joel R. Ebarb, professor of visual and performing arts (theatre) and associate dean of undergraduate education and international programs, College of Liberal Arts.
* Heather L. Servaty-Seib, professor of educational studies and associate dean for student life, Honors College.
* Alan J. Zillich, William S. Bucke Professor of Pharmacy Practice and head, Department of Pharmacy Practice.

PURDUE INSIGHTS FORUM

The Purdue Insights Forum was created in response to feedback from the 2015 COACHE survey and needs expressed by the colleges. The program is designed to teach the fundamentals of leadership though a series of presentations, take-home projects and online discussions. The comprehensive Insights Forum covers a wide range of subject areas including developing a vision, navigating differing priorities, building teams, developing an inclusive environment, and managing resources. Experts across campus provide content and each participant is asked to choose a senior mentor to help develop personal goals and objectives. Participants are recommended by deans (the fall 2018 cohort has been selected and is listed below).

Questions about the Purdue Insights Forum should be directed to Peter Hollenbeck, vice provost for faculty affairs, or Jessica Huber, associate vice provost for faculty affairs.

2017-18 Purdue Insights Forum Fellows

For new promotions, the new rank and its effective date are shown.

* Mireille Boutin, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
* Sherylyn H. Briller, professor of anthropology (Aug. 13).
* David S. Corti, professor of chemical engineering, executive officer and director of undergraduate studies, School of Chemical Engineering.
* Greg H. Hockerman, professor and associate head, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.
* Mary E. Johnson, professor of aviation and transportation technology (Aug. 13).

* Karthik N. Kannan, Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management.
* Nathan S. Mosier, Indiana Soybean Board Professor in Soybean Utilization, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
* Kathryn M. Obenchain, professor of curriculum and instruction and associate dean for learning, engagement and global initiatives, College of Education (July 1).
* Manushag (Nush) Powell, associate professor of English and director of graduate studies.
* Laura J. Pyrak-Nolte, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

* Preeti M. Sivasankar, professor and associate head, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
* Marcy H. Towns, professor of chemistry and director of general chemistry.
* Ann Weil, clinical professor of veterinary anesthesiology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
* Nicole Olynk Widmar, professor of agricultural economics (Aug. 13).
* Wayne E. Wright, professor and Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language, and associate dean of research, graduate programs and faculty development, College of Education.

2018-19 Purdue Insights Forum Program Fellows

For new promotions, the new rank and its effective date are shown.

* Ximena E. Bernal, associate professor of biological sciences (Aug. 13).
* Elena Coda, associate professor of Italian and associate head, School of Languages and Cultures.
* Stacey L. Connaughton, associate professor of communication.
* William A. Crossley, professor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering.
* Patricia L. Darbishire, clinical professor of pharmacy practice (July 1).

* Brian R. Dineen, professor of management (Aug. 13).
* Natasha T. Duncan, clinical associate professor of political science, director of Honors Study Away Program in the Honors College.
* Stephen J. Elliott, professor of computer and information technology.
* Sonia A. Fahmy, professor and associate head, Department of Computer Science.
* Michael A. Gunderson, associate professor of agricultural economics.

* Jason T. Harris, interim head and associate professor, School of Health Sciences.
* Erla P. Heyns, associate professor and head, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Business Division, Purdue University Libraries.
* Neil A. Knobloch, professor of agricultural sciences education and communication.
* John A. Morgan, professor and director of graduate studies, School of Chemical Engineering. 
* Mandy J. Rispoli, associate professor of educational studies and co-director of the Purdue Autism Cluster.
* James L. Weisman, clinical associate professor and assistant dean for student affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine.


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