November 8, 2021

Campus community invited to Violet Haas, Leadership in Action, and Research Project Grant awards reception

Recipients of the Violet Haas Award, Leadership in Action Awards, and Research Project Grant will be honored at a reception at 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 7 in Purdue Memorial Union's Anniversary Drawing Room. Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, will present the awards along with co-host Mangala Subramaniam, professor and Butler chair and director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

The reception is open to the campus community; registration is required for both in-person attendees and those who will be attending via livestream.

Violet Haas Award

The 2020-21 Violet Haas Award honoree is Donna Riley, the Kamyar Haghighi head and professor, School of Engineering Education, College of Engineering.

The Violet Haas Award recognizes individuals, programs or departments at Purdue that have effectively facilitated the advancement of women in hiring, promotion, education and salary, or have generally enhanced a positive professional climate for women at Purdue. The Butler Center administers the award. This is the 31st annual Violet Haas Award ceremony.

Leadership in Action Awards

The Butler Center also administers the Leadership in Action Awards, honoring a faculty member, staff member and student, each of whom must show leadership with direct effect on their work and community environments. To be eligible for these awards, individuals must demonstrate ongoing commitment to engagement at the local, state, national and/or global level; active service to the campus community; and national service to academic and/or professional organizations.

The 2021 Leadership in Action honorees are:

  • Faculty category: Carrie Berger, clinical professor of technology leadership and innovation and interim dean and associate dean for strategic initiatives, Polytechnic Institute.
  • Staff category: Jacqueline Boudreaux, senior academic advisor, Department of Animal Sciences.
  • Student category: Temitope Adeoye, PhD student, Department of Educational Studies.

Research Project Grant for Assistant and Associate Professors

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence has selected a recipient for the 2021-22 Research Project Grant for Assistant and Associate Professors.

Bhagyashree Katare, associate professor from the Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, has received the grant for her project, “Social Networks in Academia: Determinants of Selective Membership into Leadership Roles and Editorial Boards.”

The research project grant for assistant professors and associate professors is made possible through funds from Ketan and Tanuja Sheth Family Endowment and the Meghana and Vinayak Ranade Family Endowment established in spring 2019. The grant recognizes an assistant or associate professor whose proposed project focuses on any aspect of the academy and lives of faculty, staff and students. Aimed at furthering the mission of the Butler Center, this award supports the work of an individual (or individuals) interested in advancing inclusion and faculty success broadly.


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