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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - September 2021

By Mary Jane Chew

Butler Center provides faculty resources, best practices tools

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence has created a set of best practices tools that could be a useful resource for faculty. The tools address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests for racial justice on teaching, research and engagement endeavors. The tools are intended to serve as resources, similar to all other resources made available from the Butler Center. The views expressed in these tools are those of the authors and do not represent official policy of Purdue University.

Mangala Subramaniam, chair and director of the Butler Center, has announced the addition of a fifth tool that offers guidance on wording that faculty can use to document the impact of the past 18 months.

 “In the fall of 2020, we recognized that the effects of the pandemic and racial justice movement will continue to have long-term impacts on our work and advancement within academia,” she said.  “We created several best practices tools to help faculty and administrators acknowledge and address those challenges. Since then, we have continued to hear questions about how best to convey the impact. Therefore, we put together the fifth tool with examples of wording for faculty members to consider.”

Subramaniam and her research partner, Donna Riley, the Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education, suggest the tool could be useful for putting together annual review documents, promotion and tenure documents, and perhaps, for promotion committee guidance as well.

All five tools are available on the Butler Center website.

The Butler Center hosts a number of informative and supportive programs throughout the year.  All faculty are invited to participate in the Butler Center fall semester events and programs.