May 14, 2018

Working Paper Series to focus on academy careers as related to gender, race and class

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, in partnership with ADVANCE-Center for Faculty Success, is announcing a new Working Paper Series that will focus on navigating careers in the academy. This peer-reviewed series will include work by senior scholars, graduate students and faculty at Purdue.

The series will serve as a means for documenting and sharing interventions, practices and processes developed or used by those in the academy to navigate their careers. Topics may include but are not limited to strategies for diversifying faculty, staff and students; creating inclusive research environments; considering inclusivity in mentoring; and gender biases in the classroom. The inaugural issue of the series with invited articles was released on May 10 and is available online.

Submissions that fall under the broad topic of academic careers, particularly as related to issues of race, class, and gender, are being sought. Papers can be a maximum of 5,000 words and may be reflection papers, summaries of research, write-ups of speakers or meetings, white papers, preliminary findings, conceptual pieces, creative works or best practices. The series will have two issues during an academic year -- one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.

Those interested in submitting a manuscript to the series should send a 150-word abstract summarizing the paper’s essential points to Professor Mangala Subramaniam or Professor Chris Sahley at If the abstract suggests that the paper is suitable for the Butler Center-ADVANCE Working Paper Series, the submitter will be invited to turn in the full-length paper for peer review and consideration for publication. Decisions on abstracts will be made within three weeks of receipt of the abstract. Abstracts will be accepted starting Aug. 1. 

For more information, visit the series website or email

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