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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - September 2019

By Mary Jane Chew

Focus on Faculty

Butler Center offers networking opportunities and insightful events

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence kicked off a full slate of academic year programming with the 10th annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women earlier this month. The center continues to deliver on its mission to develop leadership capacity that helps advance and broaden representation in academic decision making. Again, this year, the center will host monthly networking opportunities, panel discussions and interactive roundtables.

Some of the upcoming events include:

  • Panel I – Trends in Higher Education: Implications for Faculty; Tues., Oct. 1
  • Roundtable II – Faculty Retention; Thurs., Nov. 7
  • Panel II – Enabling Conversations about Inclusion; Thurs., Nov. 21

New this semester is the Coaching and Resource Network – a mentoring program. The initiative was launched last spring in partnership with ADVANCE at Purdue. Butler Center Director Mangala Subramanian says the CRN will serve assistant and associate professors.

“We are excited to offer this one-on-one coaching opportunity to faculty,” Subramanian said. “It somewhat continues the coaching sessions offered by Susan Butler in the past. I hope faculty will use it.”

The CRN members, all full professors, will advise assistant and associate professors about navigating their lives on campus. It’s designed to function outside of the existing appeal and evaluative process, which can focus on the needs and requirements for a specific discipline.

“We hope the relationships built as part of the CRN have a broader framework and will be ongoing and long-term,” Subramanian said.

In addition to the popular roundtable and panel events, the center hosts a working paper series, C-3 (Coffee, Conversation and Cookies) and WEN-U, which stands for Women’s Exchange Network – Uncensored.

For more information on the Butler Center Fall 2019 programs, visit their website.

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