Purdue trustees ratify faculty appointments and promotions, approve new programs and civics literacy plans

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (April 8) ratified four faculty appointments and faculty promotions and tenures and approved two new programs, civics plans for the Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest and Purdue Schools at IUPUI and recognition resolutions for two pensioners.

The newly ratified positions are:

* Signe Kastberg, who was appointed to the Mary Endres Chair in Elementary Education.

* Evgeniy Narimanov, who was appointed Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

* Amy Reibman, who was appointed Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

* Lynne Taylor, who was appointed Savior Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy.

Kastberg, who focuses on teaching mathematics, joined Purdue in 2010 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2017. Through her scholarship, she addresses the needs of at-risk English learners and makes recommendations for teaching students with difficulties and students with disabilities. She works with many school districts, mentoring K-12 teachers in a variety of professional development workshops and short courses. Kastberg publishes in the top journals in mathematics education and has published 48 peer-reviewed articles, four books and 11 book chapters. She has spoken at national and international conferences, including the International Congress on Mathematics Education. Her honors include the Purdue College of Education Graduate Mentoring Award (2021), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Excellence in Mathematics Teacher Education Teaching Award (2018), and Purdue’s Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (2017).

Narimanov is a world leader in the fields of nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics. His work in optical imaging and metamaterials has shown amazing creativity and has led to the development of several new areas, including the concept of hyperbolic metamaterials, which has led to several thousand related research papers being published annually. Narimanov is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. In 2019, he received Purdue’s Arden L. Bement Jr. Award for outstanding recent achievement in pure and applied sciences and engineering. Narimanov joined Purdue as an associate professor in 2007 and was promoted to professor in 2013.

Reibman, who worked at AT&T Labs for 23 years, most recently as a Lead Inventive Scientist, became a Purdue Professor in 2015. It is a world leader in image/video processing and video transmission over wireless communication systems. She has created pioneering work in digital video compression and streaming, particularly for wireless systems. She pioneered a number of methods that allow images and video to be transmitted effectively over channels where data can easily be lost, including the multiple description coding technique that is widely used today. Reibman is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and received the 1998 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society. She has published 44 journal and 121 conference papers, edited one book and holds more than 60 patents. As of 2020, Reibman has served as Associate Director of the Faculty of Mentoring and Recognition.

Taylor, who joined Purdue in 2003, has been a Savior Professor of Pharmacy since 2016. She is an internationally recognized leader in pharmaceutical formulations. Her research aims to improve drug delivery by understanding the relationships between properties of the solid dosage form (e.g., the drug in a tablet formulation), barriers to drug entry into the solution phase during release, and the influence of solution thermodynamics on the absorption process understands . Taylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Her honors include the Dale E. Wurster Research Award from the AAPS in 2020 and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from the Purdue Provost in 2019. Taylor was named Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Molecular Pharmaceutics in 2018 and has done over 330 peer-reviewed articles published in top journals.

The board also confirmed the promotion of 184 faculty on campuses in West Lafayette, Northwest, Fort Wayne and Purdue Schools at IUPUI.

In addition, the Board approved the appointment of Darryl Ragland as the new College of Veterinary Medicine representative on the Indiana Board of Animal Health. Ragland is an associate professor of swine production medicine. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the Indiana livestock and poultry industry and an exceptional understanding of regulations protecting animal husbandry.

As an additional measure, the Board approved a Master of Science degree in Dietetics at the West Lafayette campus beginning in Fall 2023 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity at Purdue Northwest beginning in Fall 2022.

The Masters in Dietetics builds on the leadership and strength of the Department of Nutrition Sciences to train students for careers in nutrition and dietetics and to meet the needs of the state, region and nation workforce. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11% national job growth for nutritionists from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. From 2024, a master’s degree will be required to start a career in nutrition and dietetics.

The bachelor’s program in cyber security prepares students for the technical competencies, knowledge and skills required to protect networks, systems, programs and data from criminal or unauthorized use. The increasing frequency of cyber attacks has increased the importance of cyber security to mitigate and prevent the negative impact and potential risks to the security of business and financial systems. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that cybersecurity jobs will grow 33% from 2020 to 2030 and states that the typical entry requirement for cybersecurity education is a bachelor’s degree.

In addition, the Trustees approved civics education plans for Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest and the Purdue schools at IUPUI effective Fall 2022. Similar to civics education in West Lafayette RequirementEach school has developed several selection processes to supplement the required civics knowledge test for the successful completion of this bachelor’s degree requirement.

The Board heard an update from Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Diversity, on the mentoring requirement approved by the Board on October 9, 2015 as part of the promotion and tenure process. Mentoring activity is now reported by all faculty being considered for promotion and tenure. Faculty mentor students in a variety of ways, including supporting undergraduate research, advising student clubs and organizations, and providing career counseling. See slides.

Rob Wynkoop, Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services, briefed the Trustees on the renovations being carried out at the Stewart Center (for student services) and Schleman Hall (for data science). Announced in August 2021, both projects feature early implementations of Future of Work concepts that will improve space quality while encouraging greater utilization of facilities. Upon completion of the project, the facilities will feature open environments, strategically placed collaboration spaces, more natural light, and improved and accessible restrooms. Construction is ongoing and is expected to be completed in April 2024, with occupancy planned for August 2024. See slides.

Wynkoop also discussed a potential opportunity for the future of work involving Purdue Libraries and the School of Information Studies to move select books from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library at the Stewart Center and the Hicks Undergraduate Library to additional classrooms and study spaces in a prime, central location.

Wynkoop also provided information on the space leased by universities, and the Physical Facilities Committee requested that Administrative Operations consider two potential future projects:

* Construction of new dormitories on the Meredith site in accordance with the 2018 Giant Leaps Master Plan.

* Addressing the state of University Hall and Heavilon Hall using the Future of Work concepts implemented at Stewart Center and Schleman Hall.

As additional actions, the Board approved resolutions of appreciation for Nassar Paydar, the recently retired Chancellor of IUPUI, and Teresa Lubbers, the recently retired Commissioner for the Indiana Higher Education Commission.

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Sources: Jay Akridge

Signe Kastberg

Evgeny Narimanov

Amy Reibmann

Lynne Taylor

Rob Wynkoop

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