November 8, 2019

Appointments, honors and activities

Faculty and staff honors:

- Brandon Cutler, associate dean of students for fraternity, sorority and cooperative life at Purdue, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. Cutler will hold a two-year term with the AFA from December 2019 to December 2021. As a member of the board of directors, Cutler will help govern the affairs of the association, articulate its mission and purpose, formulate and adopt policies, manage the association’s finances, ensure effective organizational planning and resource allocation, enhance the association’s public image, work to advance projects, participate in fundraising activities of the AFA Foundation, and more.

- Harry Denny, associate professor of English and director of the Purdue Writing Lab, won the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Book Award for “Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles.” This collection (co-edited with Robert Mundy, Anna Sicari, Richard Severe and Lila Naydan) presents literature reviews and individual narratives about the politics of identity and disclosure around race, gender, sexuality, class, faith, multilingualism, and learning disabilities in the context of writing centers. Denny and his co-authors received the award at the IWCA’s annual conference Oct. 16-19 in Columbus, Ohio. Denny also co-authored the recently released book “Gender, Sexuality, and the Cultural Politics of Men’s Identity: Literacies in Masculinity” (Routledge, 2019)

- The Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work and Family recently announced that Kate Weisshaar, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the winner of the 2019 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Awards for Excellence in Work-Family Research. Weisshaar’s article, “From opt out to blocked out: The Challenges for Labor Market Re-Entry After Family-Related Employment Lapses, was published in the American Sociological Review.

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