August 25, 2021

Butler Center fall schedule to continue to address key issues of academia, careers

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The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence announces a fall schedule filled with perseverance in its mission, expanded collaboration and new programs. Among the highlights will be the 12th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors and the new Lead by Example speaker series.

Ongoing programs serving Purdue and others are the Coaching and Resource Network (CRN), Support Circle, Courageous Conversations and award presentations. Among the range of programs, the center will have a mix of virtual, in-person and livestreaming access. The center’s efforts have received national attention.

The mission of the center is to develop leadership capacity through research, education and collaborations that helps advance and broaden representation in academic decision making.

This fall, the center is announcing its partnership with Purdue’s Women’s Global Health Institute (WGHI) in Discovery Park, recognizing the integral relationship of wellness and work-life satisfaction. Once a month, the center’s Support Circle, WGHI and the Women’s Exchange Network-Uncensored (WEN-U) will join to hold a Drop-in focused on a key subject for faculty and staff. Each Drop-in will be available in-person at Dauch Alumni Center and by livestreaming. The first Drop-in is at 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 8. The others are at noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Nov. 3 and Dec. 6.

For all Butler Center events, a registration link will be announced in Purdue Today and sent out to the center’s email list about 10 days in advance. All attendees will be required to adhere to Protect Purdue guidelines. CRN functions mainly on a one-on-one basis but to begin building a CRN community, this semester includes announcement of the monthly newsletter, CRN Connect, on Sept. 8 and a reception for only those participating in CRN.

Registration for the Conference for Assistant Professors on Oct. 13-14 is open now. The 2021 theme is “Institutional Resources to Soar to Promotion.” The conference brings together faculty nationwide to discuss issues, share information and learn strategies. The conference includes a keynote presentation by Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and a workshop titled “Cracking the Confidence Code,” as well as breakout sessions on topics of interest.

The inaugural Lead by Example event, set for Sept. 17, will feature Roslyn Carter Artis, president of Benedictine College in South Carolina, speaking on “Leadership Language: Articulating Purpose, Preparation and Possibility.” The event is open to Purdue and members of ACE-Women’s Network of Indiana.

Courageous Conversations, as in spring semester, will consist of paired sessions — one led by the Butler Center and engaging in in-depth discussion of its topic, then another led by the Purdue Policy Research Institute in Discovery Park framing policies and actions related to the topic. The fall sessions, both virtual, are Oct. 20 and 27.

Other fall events include workshops and a reception recognizing winners of the Violet Haas Award, Leadership in Action Award and research grants related to the Butler Center. A detailed fall schedule includes information about speakers and panelists, as well as a summary of other Butler Center resources and the Working Paper Series for Spring 2022.

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