November 16, 2022

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 p.m. Dec. 6. Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, will present the awards, along with co-host Linda Mason, dean of The Graduate School and interim director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

The reception is open to all, and registration is required.

Violet Haas Award

The 2021-22 Violet Haas Award honoree is Dorothy Teegarden, professor, Department of Nutrition Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences, and director, Women’s Global Health Institute.

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 32nd 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 2022 Leadership in Action honorees are:

  • Faculty category: Amanda Deering, associate professor of food science, College of Agriculture.
  • Staff category: Carina Olaru, director, Latino Cultural Center, and director of student advocacy and education, Division of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Student category: Roseline Adewuyi, PhD student, School of Languages and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts.

Research Project Grant for Assistant and Associate Professors

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence has selected a recipient for the 2022-23 Research Project Grant for Assistant and Associate Professors.

Ashima Krishna, clinical associate professor from the John Martinson Honors College, has received the grant for the project “Documenting Black Heritage Sites in the Greater Lafayette Area.”

The research project grant for assistant professors and associate professors is made possible through funds from the 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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