2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 07, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

About Purdue University Northwest



 

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education.

History

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 71,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees through spring 2019 and enrolling some 10,500 students during the 2018-2019 academic year, while also responding to the professional, cultural and economic needs of Northwest Indiana and beyond.

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 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, Naples, Florida
  • Malcolm S. DeKryger, DeMotte, Indiana
  • Michael F. Klipsch, Carmel, Indiana
  • Gary J. Lehman, Lafayette, Indiana
  • Noah M. Scott, Warsaw, Indiana
  • Don Thompson, Chicago, Illinois

Officers of Administration - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

  • Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President
  • Jay T. Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity
  • Steven R. Abel, Associate Provost for Engagement
  • James S. Almond, Senior Vice President and Assistant Treasurer
  • William J. Bell, Vice President for Human Resources
  • Michael A. Bobinski, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • R. Ethan Braden, Vice President for Marketing
  • Karl B. Browning, Vice President for Information Technology
  • Michael B. Cline, Senior Vice President for Administrative Operations
  • Kristina Wong Davis, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Gina DelSanto, Chief of Staff
  • Brian E. Edelman, President, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Matthew D. Folk, Vice President for University Advancement and Alumni Engagement
  • John F. Gates, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Peter J. Hollenbeck, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Janice A. Indrutz, Corporate Secretary and Senior Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees
  • Trenten D. Klingerman, Deputy General Counsel
  • Wade A. Lange, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Theresa S. Mayer, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
  • W. Gerry McCartney, Executive Vice President for Purdue Online
  • Beth M. McCuskey, Vice Provost for Student Life
  • Alysa Christmas Rollock, Vice President for Ethics and Compliance
  • Christopher A. Ruhl, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
  • Steven R. Schultz, General Counsel

Purdue University Northwest, Hammond and Westville, Indiana

  • Thomas L. Keon, Chancellor
    • Kenneth Holford, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
    • Stephen R. Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
    • Yohlunda Mosley, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
    • Lisa Goodnight, 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
    • Leslie Plesac, Executive Director, Sinai Forum
    • Sheila Matias, Director of Leadership Institute
    • Laura Pardonek, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
    • Julie Wiejak, Senior Executive Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
    • Matthew J. Wells, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Engagement and Legislative Liaison 
  • Kenneth C. Holford, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
    • Rebecca Stankowski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - Institutional Effectiveness
    • Rachel Clapp Smith, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    • Lisa Hopp, Dean, College of Nursing
    • Niaz Latif, Dean, College of Technology and Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences
    • Elaine Carey, Dean, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
    • Lawrence Hamer, Dean, College of Business
    • Jonathan Swarts, Dean, Honors College and Undergraduate Studies
  • Stephen R. Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
    • Jacob Lenson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning, Project and Space Management
    • Scott Parsons, Senior Director for Facilities & Grounds
    • Brian Miller, Director of Public Safety
    • Sue Miller, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
    • Kimberly Thomas, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Services 
  • Lisa Goodnight, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Professor of Communication
    • Ashley Gerodimos, Executive Director, PNW Alumni Community and University Strategic Events
    • Jamie Manahan, Executive Director of Development
    • Kris Falzone, Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
    • Natalie Connors, Director of Career Center
    • Kara Griffin, Executive Assistant/Project Manager to the Vice Chancellor
  • Yohlunda Mosley, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
    • Colin Fewer, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    • Heather Zamojski, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success Technologies
    • Sandra Steele, Assistant Vice Chancellor of EMSA Reporting & Operational Intelligence
    • Scott Iverson, Executive Director of Housing and Residential Education
    • Tiffany Collins, Administrative Assistant
  • Timothy Winders, Vice Chancellor for Information Services
    • LaShawn Jones, Director of University Libraries
    • Carol Coupet, Executive Director of Enterprise Applications Services
    • Daniel Bruhn, Executive Director of Client Services
    • Randyl Marquis, Supervisor, Instructional 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 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 & Inclusion, 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 & Inclusion
Lawshe Hall, Room 231
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094
219-989-2337 (office); 219-989-4187 (fax)
(219) 989-3169
linda.knox@pnw.edu

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Website

As Purdue University Northwest’s Title IX Coordinator for the Westville location, Laura Odom, Associate Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, 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, Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Schwarz Hall, Room 25D
1401 S. U.S. Hwy 421
Westville, IN 46391
(219) 785-5545
odoml@pnw.edu

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Website

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:

Click here for the Hammond Campus Safety Report

You may also request a paper copy from the Purdue Northwest Hammond Police Department Office located at the east entrance of the Schneider Avenue Building. Located at the corner of 169th St. and Osborne.

Click here for the Westville Campus Safety Report

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