Provost's Newsletter – August 2018

Focus on Faculty

Across Campus

2018 Morrill Award Winners

Left - Stephen R. Byrn, Charles B. Jordan Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Right - Larry L. Murdock, Distinguished Professor of Entomology

Purdue partners with faculty for success

Faculty are the foundation of a great university. Purdue has developed initiatives designed to help faculty members navigate major steps along their career paths. The chart below shows some of the available programs at the university level, based on a career timeline, from hiring to retiring. The programs provide  strategies and professional development on a range of topics that include promotion and tenure, teaching, research, leadership, campus climate and work-life balance. Feedback from Purdue’s faculty through the COACHE survey (Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education) led to the creation of some of these programs and the ongoing refinement of others.

Faculty Advancement, Success and Tenure (FAST)

This program is geared to assistant professors and postdocs hired in the past year or two. Monthly sessions of 75 minutes each are offered during the academic year. Peers who are further along with their careers offer their strategies and tips to guide participants through the critical first years. Guest speakers, including top administrators, will share advice on topics such as promotion and tenure, grant writing, recruiting and mentoring graduate students, publishing, teaching and achieving work-life balance. The next class starts on Sept. 11

IMPACT — Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation

How do you become a great teacher? Design courses to foster student-centered learning and help students succeed. IMPACT focuses on large-enrollment foundational classes. It offers 13 weekly sessions of 75 minutes each to help faculty incorporate active and collaborative learning and technology.  Some techniques include offering online discussion and activities or posting lectures online to free up face-to-face class time for interactive activities or problem solving. IMPACT offers designated support staff and mentorship from 108 IMPACT faculty alumni. More information about IMPACT can be found here.

Orientation for New Faculty

Many faculty already have taken part in the new faculty orientation program, held on Aug. 16. Colleagues in the Provost's Office, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, and other University offices presented sessions focused on promotion and tenure; engagement and scholarship; diversity and inclusion; students and teaching; and campus climate. Faculty hired later in the year will attend a welcome session in February, and these newcomers as well as anyone who missed this fall's orientation session are encouraged to attend the orientation that will be held in August 2019.

Newly Tenured Faculty Workshop

Faculty members who were tenured in the 2017-18 academic year are invited to this program focused on their new roles and responsibilities as well as tips and strategies for plotting a course to full professor. The next annual session is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 in Stewart Center, Room 218AB. Register here.

Academic Leadership Program (ALP) through the Big Ten Academic Alliance

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program is designed to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. It is specifically oriented to prepare faculty members to meet the challenges of academic administration at major research universities in the 21st century.

Each year, Purdue competitively selects up to five faculty members to participate. Fellows meet with administrative leaders on campus throughout the year and attend three 2.5 day seminars at other Big Ten universities. Participants for this year's program have already been selected. Watch for a callout this winter for 2019-20.

Purdue Insights Leadership Forum

This program focuses on developing leadership skills for those interested in leading at Purdue, particularly as associate head, head, associate dean, and directors of centers or institutes. It was developed in response to feedback from deans and faculty who took part in the COACHE survey. Unlike the Big Ten program, which is geared to those ready for positions in upper levels of the administration, this program's goal is to prepare full and associate professors to step into academic leadership roles. Seventeen two-hour sessions explore topics that include diversity and inclusion, transparency, consensus building, recognition and appreciation, and mentoring. In addition to attending the bimonthly sessions, each participant is paired with an experienced administrator for mentoring. Expect group discussion and take-home projects. The 2018-19 class is full. Applications for the 2019-20 class can be made early next spring. If you are interested, please speak to your head and dean.

New Department Head Program

This two-semester program is open to new department heads to help them prepare or hone their skills to meet the responsibilities and challenges of their leadership positions. Two retreats and six lunch sessions are held during each academic year to give these new administrators in-depth assistance as they take on their new responsibilities. The first retreat was held on Aug. 30. The first lunch will be Sept. 20. Peter Hollenbeck, Adedayo Adeniyi, Amy Deitrich and Diana White will talk about faculty and staff evaluations. The full schedule is available here.

Department Head Forums

Monthly luncheons for department heads feature a speaker on topics ranging from mentoring to immigration to conflict management. The sessions are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 206 beginning Sept. 4. The full schedule is available here.


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