Michael Lynn, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – Academic Support and Development
The Office of Academic Support and Development focuses on ways in which Purdue University Northwest can maximize its impact on students, faculty members, and the community. During 2016-2017, a variety of committees, groups, and individuals planned ways in which to improve PNW’s overall impact. Academic Affairs completed a number of these changes during the past academic year while others will undergo implementation during 2017-2018.
In May 2017, Lori Feldman, a longtime faculty member who had served as an associate dean in the College of Business, was named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs — academic support and development. In this position, Feldman will focus on student success, faculty and staff development, and community partnerships.
The Exploratory Advising continues to work vigilantly on a number of issues designed to facilitate student success and effect significant and positive change toward student retention, helping to form a positive impression of PNW through the first-year experience and new student orientation, and maintaining and improving the technology used to assist students and their academic advisors. Tara Sullivan joined PNW as executive director of student success and transition. Sullivan has spent much of her time collecting data and analyzing how her office interacts with students and how PNW advises students in order to propose changes to infrastructures and practices at PNW impacting student success. These changes will be implemented during the coming academic year.
The Office of Research, under the leadership of Director Maja Marjanovic and her staff, worked with faculty members from across the university to facilitate applications for regional and national grants. In conjunction with the PNW Research Board, the Office of Research also oversaw a threefold increase in the amount of internal funds awarded to PNW faculty as a catalyst for exploring new ideas and piloting initial research, developing grants, launching interdisciplinary collaborations, engaging in international travel, and conducting summer research.
New Center for Faculty Development and Leadership
The Office of Academic Affairs established a task force, composed of faculty members from across the campuses and including members of Faculty Senate, to explore the possibility of creating a Center for Faculty Development and Leadership (CFDL). The task force discussed how such a center could help PNW faculty members at all stages of their careers. Provost Mueller acted on the recommendation of the task force and created the CFDL; after an internal search, Emily Hixon, professor of educational psychology and instructional technology in the School of Education and Counseling, accepted the post of inaugural director of the center. The new center will work to inspire faculty members to strive for excellence and offer resources and opportunities to faculty members related to learning, discovery, engagement, and professional growth. In addition, the center will: complete a comprehensive new faculty orientation process to assist faculty arriving at PNW as they settle into their new positions and to help them effectively work toward tenure and promotion; identify and facilitate faculty fellows working in areas such as the scholarship of teaching and learning and the scholarship of engagement; and plan for leadership training opportunities for faculty interested in taking on new challenges at PNW.
Office of Strategic Partnerships
Academic Affairs worked with Mary Jane Eisenhauer, associate professor of education, and Richard Rupp, associate professor of political science, along with Steve Abel, associate provost for engagement for Purdue University, in the ongoing development of the Office of Strategic Partnerships. This new office will be designed to develop methods through which PNW can coordinate its efforts and engage with community partners. During 2016-2017, Eisenhauer and Rupp conducted an extensive survey of engagement activities to collect and analyze the ways in which PNW currently impacts the community. This establishes the groundwork for the next academic year when the office will actively begin organizing PNW’s engaged impact in ways designed to benefit students, faculty members, and the community.
The Center for Faculty Development and Leadership (CFDL) will help PNW faculty members at all stages of their careers.