2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Purdue University Northwest

2016-17 marks the first academic year of Purdue University Northwest. The comprehensive, Northwest Indiana-based institution is a unification of the former Purdue University Calumet of Hammond and Purdue University North Central of Westville. A single university of two campuses located 35 miles apart just outside the Chicago metropolitan area, Purdue Northwest is part of the internationally-respected Purdue University system, Indiana’s land grant institution.

Purdue Northwest was established to better serve students and the Northwest Indiana region.


The genesis of Purdue Northwest through its two campuses emerged during World War II when Purdue University in cooperation with the federal government offered technical classes to Northwest Indiana production workers in response to war effort needs. When the war ended, higher education took on new meaning in a region of returning soldiers and others eager to advance their futures.

Purdue introduced degree credit courses in a variety of facilities in and around Hammond in 1946 and in Michigan City and La Porte as early as 1949.

Subsequently, land Purdue acquired through the Ross-Ade Foundation paved the way for development of two campuses—one south of Michigan City near Westville and the other in Hammond’s Woodmar neighborhood. The first building on the Hammond location opened in late 1951. A permanent Westville location introduced classes in fall of 1967.

Both campuses grew and developed into comprehensive regional universities, collectively awarding more than 67,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees through spring 2016 and enrolling some 15,000 students during the 2016-2017 academic year, while also responding to the professional, cultural and economic needs of Northwest Indiana and beyond.

Emergence of Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University announced February 26, 2014 that Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central would unify their respective administrations. Through a detailed unification process, both campuses would be preserved and administrative, academic oversight and other functions would be combined.

The unification of two campuses into one university would enable more resources to be reallocated to advance educational quality, student success, efficiency and a more impactful response to specific needs of Northwest Indiana. In short, an extraordinary university of two strong campuses would emerge that would better serve students, families, business, industry and economic development.

The Purdue Board of Trustees approved Purdue University Northwest as the name of the unified institution in July 2014. Purdue Trustees also approved a plan in October 2015 to reorganize the 11 academic colleges of Calumet and North Central into six Purdue Northwest colleges. The establishment of Purdue University Northwest became official when the Higher Learning Commission granted approval March 4, 2016.

Purdue Northwest Senior Leadership

A single Board of Trustees governs the entire Purdue University system through the President of the University.

The Chancellor of Purdue University Northwest is the senior administrative officer on campus and reports to the President of Purdue University. Serving the Chancellor as senior administrators are:

  • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost – responsible for all academic programs and the Center for Learning and Academic Success.
  • Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration – responsible for the business affairs of the university, including budget and finance, human resources, buildings and grounds, and university police.
  • Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement – responsible for advancing the university and overseeing alumni relations, communications, fund raising, university and community relations, and marketing.
  • Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs – oversees the many services and functions the university offers to advance student success and nurture student life and community on campus, including enrollment related services.
  • Vice Chancellor for Information Services – responsible for connecting the changing, emerging needs of technology with the knowledge generated through library resources.
  • Athletic Director – responsible for administering all aspects of the university’s 13-team intercollegiate athletic program.

Purdue University Board of Trustees

Michael R. Berghoff, Chairman, Indianapolis, Indiana
Thomas E. Spurgeon, Vice Chairman, Peoria, Illinois
Lawrence C. “Sonny” Beck, Atlanta, Indiana
JoAnn Brouillette, Lafayette, Indiana
Vanessa J. Castagna, Dallas, Texas
Malcolm S. DeKryger, DeMotte, Indiana
Michael F. Klipsch, Carmel, Indiana
Gary J. Lehman, Lafayette, Indiana
Cameron S. Mann, Cloverdale, Indiana
Don Thompson, Chicago, Illinois

Officers of Administration - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President

Debasish Dutta, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity

James S. Almond, Senior Vice President and Assistant Treasurer

Ralph E. Amos, President and Chief Executive Officer, Purdue Alumni Association

Michael A. Bobinski, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Michael B. Cline, Vice President for Physical Facilities

Jon D. “Denny” Darrow, Vice President for Human Resources

Gina DelSanto, Chief of Staff

Frank J. Dooley, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Suresh V. Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships

Julie K. Griffith, Vice President for Public Affairs

Daniel J. Hasler, President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Purdue Research Foundation

Peter J. Hollenbeck, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Pamela T. Horne, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Trenton D. Klingerman, Assistant Legal Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer

W. Gerry McCartney, Vice President for Information Technology and System Chief Information Officer

Beth M. McCuskey, Vice Provost for Student Life

Amy R. Noah, Vice President for Development

Alysa Christmas Rollock, Vice President for Ethics and Compliance

Steven R. Schultz, Legal Counsel

William E. Sullivan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Purdue University Northwest, Hammond and Westville, Indiana

Thomas L. Keon, Chancellor

  • Ralph O. Mueller, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • Stephen R. Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
  • Carmen Panlilio, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Regina Biddings-Muro, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
  • Timothy Winders, Vice Chancellor for Information Services
  • Richard Costello, Director of Athletics
  • Linda Knox, Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Judith Jacobi, Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Art Collections and Special  
  • Leslie Plesac, Executive Director, Sinai Forum

Ralph O. Mueller, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Lori Feldman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - Academic Support and Development
  • William Law, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – Academic Programs
  • Rebecca Stankowski, Interim Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Elaine Carey, Dean, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • K. Chris Holford, Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Lisa Hopp, Dean, College of Nursing
  • Niaz Latif, Dean, College of Technology
  • Jane Mutchler, Dean, College of Business
  • John Rowan, Dean, Honors College

Stephen R. Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

  • Michelle Grant, Senior Director for Space Management, Planning and Design
  • Jim Sallee, Senior Director for Facilities & Grounds
  • Brian Miller, Director of Public Safety
  • Sue Miller, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Services 

Regina Biddings-Muro, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

  • Megan Davis-Ochi, Director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement
  • Kris Falzone, Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
  • Ashley Gerodimos, Director of Strategic Events
  • Erika Lubeznik, Alumni Engagement and Development Officer
  • Jamie Manahan, Major Gifts Officer
  • Sara Soneye, Donor Communication Specialist
  • Brandon Swanson, Development Officer

Carmen Panlilio, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

  • Lisa Goodnight, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Senior Dean of Students
  • Scott Iverson, Executive Director of Housing and Residential Education
  • Karen Stachyra, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Michael Biel, Executive Director of Financial Aid
  • Cheryl Arroyo, University Registrar
  • Sandra Steele, Director of EMSA Reporting & Operational Intelligence

Timothy Winders, Vice Chancellor for Information Services

  • Tammy Guerrero, Director of University Libraries
  • Katie Gutierrez, Assistant Director Information Security Services
  • Jerrold Martin, Interim Director for Customer Service, Director Technological Infrastructure Services
  • Paul Johansen, Executive Director of Enterprise Applications Services
  • Stefan Yanef, Budget and Financial Analyst
  • Heather Zamojski, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies

Non Discrimination Policy Statement

Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. Purdue University views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any University related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics. Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue’s Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action policy Executive Memorandum No. D-1, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Any question of interpretation regarding this Nondiscrimination Policy Statement shall be referred to the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance for final determination.

Title IX

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” - Title IX

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members. The purpose of Title IX is to help foster safe and respectful University environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.

As Purdue University Northwest Title IX Officer for the Hammond location, Linda B. Knox, Director for the Office of Equity & Diversity, is responsible for coordinating Purdue University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Linda B. Knox
Director, Office of Equity & Diversity
Lawshe Hall, Room 231
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094
219-989-2337 (office); 219-989-4187 (fax)
(219) 989-3169

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Web site: http://www.pnw.edu/diversity/title-ix/

As Purdue University Northwest’s Title IX Coordinator for the Westville location, Laura Odom, Associate Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Training, is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Laura Odom
Associate Director of Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)
Schwarz Hall, Room 25C
1401 S. U.S. Hwy 421
Westville, IN 46391
(219) 785-5545

In light of recent reports concerning a university’s response to allegations of child abuse, you are reminded that under Indiana law, each person over the age of 18 has a duty to report child abuse or neglect. In the event of an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency, immediately alert the police or Child Protective Services (1-800-800-5556). Thank you for your commitment to the safety of children on our campuses.

Your Campus, Your Safety

Your Campus, Your Safety - Purdue University Northwest’s annual security and fire safety reports are available online. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for Purdue University Northwest. The policy statements address Purdue University Northwest’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security (i.e., policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses). Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The reports are available online by campus location:

Hammond Campus Safety Report

You may also request a paper copy from the Police Department, located in the University Police Building (just south and east of the 169th St. entrance).

Westville Campus Safety Report

You may also request a paper copy from the Police Department located at the Physical Facility/Campus Police Building Room 101