Lori Feldman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – Academic Support and Development
The Office of Academic Support and Development monitors the many ways Purdue University Northwest academically affects students, faculty members, and the community.
With an ultimate success focus on graduating students, Executive Director of Academic Success and Transition Tara Sullivan has been engaging in initiatives designed to enhance student persistence and retention.
Last year, a newly introduced student success management system produced more than 16,800 advising reports. Plans call for the system to be expanded to provide reports on student progress and retention.
Also last fall, a new exploratory academic advising model and a revised first-year seminar were implemented to facilitate strong student-advisor relationships and improve student transition and retention. This year, PNW conducted its first comprehensive, cross campus academic advising survey.
Development of the Center for Academic Success, a cooperative initiative between Academic Success and PNW colleges to develop consistent and effective success, retention, and advising practices and initiatives, has been a key 2018 initiative.
Faculty Development And Success
The Center for Faculty Development and Leadership, launched in August, 2017 by Professor of Education Emily Hixon, offers programs to support faculty in all stages of their careers.
The New Faculty Academy expands on a traditional two-day orientation to engage with faculty throughout the academic year to help ensure a successful start to faculty careers.
PNW also has partnered with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer the course, Effective Teaching Practices. This “hands-on” offering enables faculty to try out new, evidence based teaching techniques in their classes.
This summer, the Center offered a Summer Research Accountability Group to help faculty achieve their scholarly objectives. Going forward, the Center will expand its services and ultimately its impact by providing more in-depth, one-on-one
support for faculty, including teaching observations and consultations.
The Office of Research, directed by Maja Marjanovic, worked with faculty members to facilitate development and submission of more than $21 million in grant proposals and contracts. To support faculty development, 20+ trainings on such topics as identifying funding opportunities, proposal development, research career planning, human subjects, industrial partnerships, and post award management were offered.
In collaboration with the Research Board and Student Research Office, Days of Discovery— a two-day celebration of student and faculty research—was launched. The event featured presentations of more than 203 student projects and 95 faculty projects.
The Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP), led by Interim Director and Associate Professor of Education Mary Jane Eisenhauer, opened in 2017 with a goal of creating structures through which PNW can advance community engagement.
Early this year, PNW was accepted into the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative to develop and share new strategies for deploying university intellectual and place-based resources in ways that enhance the economic and social well-being of nearby communities.