August 11, 2017

Appointments, honors and activities

Appointments and promotions:

- Angie Abbott, program leader and associate director of HHS Extension, is now program leader and assistant dean of HHS Extension. She also serves as associate director of Purdue Extension, a position she’s held since August 2014. HHS Extension, in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is a network of county-based extension educators that serve all 92 Indiana counties. These educators draw upon research and expertise from Purdue to educate communities and help identify practical solutions to local needs. Each year HHS Extension reaches more than 1 million Indiana residents with information related to food, family, money and health.  

Faculty and staff honors:

-Tracey Jean Boisseau, associate professor and director of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, has been named the faculty-in-residence for University Residences' new Amelia Earhart Faculty-in-Residence program. Boisseau's primary role will be, in collaboration with the Residential Life staff, to create a programmatic plan that increases the intellectual and leadership growth of the residential students. Boisseau will focus the programmatic plan on intellectual development, maintain a presence in the community, and model social engagement. Boisseau will serve as faculty-in-residence for the 2017-18 academic year.

-Rhonda Phillips, dean of Purdue Honors College, has been recognized with an endowment by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS). The society aims to use the “Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track” to promote research centered on community development and well-being.  Funds from the endowed track will permanently support ISQOLS international conference programming involving city and regional planning, happiness in communities, collective quality-of-life dimensions and the interface between development and well-being.  “This international society provides an opportunity to connect with scholars from across the globe, while exploring cutting-edge and innovative research,” said Phillips, who served as ISQOLS’ president from 2013-2016.  Phillips is a specialist in community development and planning and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 


- Megan Dale has been named director of Purdue United Way. Dale, a 2001 Purdue graduate in computer graphics technology, formerly served as science gateway manager for HUBzero.

- Pattern, an ITaP-created tool for tracking study habits, helps students and instructors understand behaviors for success in the classroom. Campus Technology Magazine has named Pattern a top innovation for 2017. Read more at

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