A. Dale Whittaker, PhD
A. Dale Whittaker became Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs of Purdue University on July 1, 2010. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's and doctorate in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University.
As vice provost, Dr. Whittaker is responsible for undergraduate education, admissions, enrollment management, academic planning, assessment and accreditation, and academic policy development and implementation. He oversees a number of comprehensive programs dedicated to student success including the Center for Instructional Excellence; the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certification Program; the Oral English Proficiency Program; Student Access, Transition and Success; and Undergraduate Studies.
Dr. Whittaker has led or participated in programs affecting multiple colleges including Foundations of Excellence, a program designed to improve the first-year college experience; and the ThinkSummer initiative, exploring the feasibility of a balanced trimester for more efficient use of facilities and greater flexibility for students. He has assisted with the successful formation of the Honors College, Core Curriculum, and the IMPACT classrooms, which are leading course redesign into "flipped" and interactive classrooms in order to improve student learning outcomes.
Dr. Whittaker joined the Purdue faculty in 2002 as the associate dean and director of academic programs in the College of Agriculture and professor in agricultural engineering.