Administrative Experience

I came to Purdue as an assistant professor in 2001 and moved up the ranks to become a full professor in 2017, and in the same year was appointed as the Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. Started in 2004, the main mission of the Butler Center is to enable the excellence and success of faculty, particularly women, through professional development programs, initiatives, research, and workshop to enhance leadership skills and abilities of women. The initial endowment of about 4 million dollars expanded further in 2018-19 with two new endowments and a donation from three first-time donors to Purdue who noted that the Center programs made them excited to give to the Center. My administrative experience encompasses the following main areas (see CV for details):

  • Academic administrative and service experience

  • Contributions to Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

  • Creating and offering professional development programs

  • Commitment to inclusive excellence

  • Assessment skills (data driven assessment of initiatives and programs)


Keynote (virtual and live) at 2nd Annual Conference of GEARING-Roles, GENDER AND LEADERSHIP in Higher Education, November 9, 2020.  

Title of Keynote: Doing the Work of Leadership to Transform Institutions


Presentation is here. Recording of keynote is here.


Serving on Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (inaugural committee started in fall 2020)


Women in Leadership: Challenges and Recommendations Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2020. Even in top positions, women face challenges within institutional structures, systems    and mind-sets that require transformative change, argue M. Cristina Alcalde and  Mangala Subramaniam.

See SBBCLE mentioned as a resource in From Associate to Full Professor in Inside Higher Ed, 5/22/20. Keisha N. Blain shares some tips, strategies and resources to help midcareer scholars overcome barriers to promotion. 

Underpinnings of Gender and Colorism in the Culture of Niceness in Universities.

Presented at (1) Academic Deans Council, Purdue University, February 27, 2019, (2) ADVANCE Steering Committee, Purdue University, April 2019, (3) Dean, Polytechnic’s leadership team, Purdue University, April 2019. 


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