Trustees ratify appointments; approve degree program and
academic name changes
December 17, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Board of
Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 17) ratified the appointment of
one distinguished professor and two named professors and
approved a bachelor of arts with a major in history program
at Purdue University North Central.
Trustees also approved name changes for two academic units
at the West Lafayette campus and one at Indiana
University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
The board ratified P. Christopher Earley as the James
Brooke Henderson Professor of Management, Robert V. Kail as
Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences and James
Mullins as the Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library
Earley has been dean of the Krannert School of Management
since Nov. 1. He came to Purdue from the University of
Connecticut School of Business, where he had been dean
since January 2008.
Prior to that, he was dean of the National University of
Singapore Business School, chair of organizational behavior
at London Business School in England and Randall L. Tobias
Chair of Global Leadership at Indiana University's
Kelley School of Business.
His academic interests include cross-cultural and
international aspects of organizations. He has held
visiting professorships at universities in China, Thailand,
Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Israel. He also has
taught executives and consulted for companies in Europe and
Asia, including Nestle, Cisco Systems Inc., Samsung,
General Motors, Unilever, BAE Systems, Mercury Asset
Management Corp., and Eli Lilly and Co.
Earley is a fellow of the Association for Psychological
Science and the Academy of Management. He also is author or
co-author of 10 books and more than 100 articles and book
chapters exploring issues ranging from motivation and
leadership to global teams.
Earley received his bachelor's degree from Knox College
and his master's and doctoral degrees from the
University of Illinois.
Kail has been a faculty member in Purdue's Department
of Psychological Sciences since 1979. Prior to that, he was
an assistant professor of psychology at the University of
His research focus is cognitive development, particularly
children's memory and the speed and efficiency of
cognitive processing. His teaching interests are in child
and developmental psychology, cognitive development and
Kail has 65 publications in refereed journals, and he has
written five textbooks. He is editor of Psychological
Science and the incoming editor of Child Development
Perspectives. Previously he served as editor of Advances in
Child Development and Behavior and the Journal of
Experimental Child Psychology.
A visiting professor at the University of York in 2010, he
was named the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumnus in
Psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Kail received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan
University and his master's and doctoral degrees from
the University of Michigan.
Mullins has been dean of Libraries and professor of library
science at Purdue since 2004. Before that he was associate
director for administration at MIT Libraries, and prior to
MIT was university librarian at Villanova University. He
also held administrative positions at Indiana University
while serving as a part-time faculty member in the Indiana
University School of Library and Information Science.
At Purdue, Mullins has helped create a vision for the
Purdue Libraries to meet the challenge of the 21st century
by redefining the role of Libraries and its faculty
(librarians), integrating them more into the
university's instruction and discovery efforts. He was
instrumental in creating the Distributed Data Curation
Center at Purdue, which has secured grants to study data
Mullins just completed an elected term on the board of
directors of the Association of Research Libraries and is
currently on the board of directors of the Center for
Research Libraries. He also serves on the Science and
Technology Section of the International Federation of
Library Associations and as a member of the board of
directors of the International Association of Scientific
and Technological University Libraries. He is on the
editorial board of College and Research Libraries, the
official scholarly publication of the Association of
College and Research Libraries. He has contributed to
professional literature through his research and has given
numerous national and international presentations.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees
from the University of Iowa and his doctorate from Indiana
In other business, trustees approved a bachelor of arts in
history program for Purdue University North Central. The
degree will prepare graduates for entry into a wide variety
of employment fields, said Timothy D. Sands, executive vice
president for academic affairs and provost.
Jobs that are typical for undergraduate degree recipients
include teaching, training and development specialists,
lawyers, sales representatives, and management specialists,
said Sands, who also is Purdue's Basil S. Turner
Professor of Engineering.
He said no new state funding is needed for the program,
which is scheduled to begin in the fall 2012 semester,
subject to approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher
Trustees also voted to change the name of Purdue's
School of Veterinary Medicine to the Purdue University
College of Veterinary Medicine, effective spring semester
"The name more accurately reflects the size and scope
of the programs within the School of Veterinary
Medicine," said Willie M. Reed, the school's dean.
"In addition to the doctorate of veterinary medicine
program, we now offer the baccalaureate degree and the
associate degree in veterinary technology. We also offer
the master of science and Ph.D. degrees in a number of
biomedical disciplines. The change would be more in line
with the other major units on campus and reduce confusion
by some who mistakenly believe that our school is part of
another Purdue college.
"Also, college is used in all but five of the 28 U.S.
veterinary institutions. This will help ensure an accurate
understanding of our mission."
Another name change trustees approved is for the Department
of Foreign Languages and Literatures, which, beginning Jan.
1, will be known as the School of Languages and Cultures.
It is housed in the College of Liberal Arts.
Sands said there are three reasons for the change.
"First, the term 'foreign' is not appropriate
for a university that is increasingly global in impact and
perspective," he said. "Second, the word
'department' no longer accurately reflects foreign
languages and literatures in terms of scope and structure.
Third, most language units have stressed the cultural
studies of the respective societies. Languages and cultures
more effectively capture the diversity of what the school
Trustees also voted to change the name of the Department of
Computer and Electrical Engineering Technology and
Information Systems and Technology at Indiana
University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Beginning in fall
2012, it will be called the Department of Computer,
Electrical and Information Technology.
Max Yen, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and
Computer Science, said the associate's and
bachelor's degrees in information systems were removed
as part of a restructuring. The new name better reflects
the department's programs.