Welcome from the Dean of Students

Katherine L. Sermersheim, Ph.D. Dean of Students 

Welcome to Purdue University! As the Dean of Students, it is my pleasure to assist you in your academic, personal and professional development.  The Office of the Dean of Students is staffed with experienced and talented individuals who are ready to assist you. We are committed to a vision of diversity and inclusion that fosters the academic and personal growth of all students. 

These efforts include helping students make sensible and informed decisions about academic and personal matters, negotiate the opportunities and challenges that are an important part of a highly demanding academic environment, and find appropriate resources within and beyond the Division of Student Life. We also work with a range of collaborative partners including academic departments and programs to create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to integrate the learning that takes place inside and outside of the classroom.

The Dean of Students Office can help you work through many questions and concerns. Students often land in the Dean of Students Office when they are not clear about where to turn for help. 

Please feel free to contact us if we can be of service. Our number one priority is to make the student experience at Purdue University a powerful and enriching one.

Boiler Up!


Dean Sermersheim


Katherine L. Sermersheim, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
Purdue University
Schleman Hall| Room 207
475 Stadium Mall Drive | West Lafayette, IN  47907
Phone:  765.494.1257| Email:  ksermer@purdue.edu
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