The Academic Minute for 2018.04.16-04.20 – Purdue University Week


Academic Minute from 4.16 – 4.20

Monday, April 16th
Mary Pilotte – Purdue University
Engineering Education
Mary Pilotte received her B.S. in organizational leadership and supervision at Purdue in 1986, an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2001, and returned to Purdue for her Ph.D. in engineering education in 2013.

She has worked for more than 20 years in automotive, aerospace, airline, and commercial products industries, having held a variety of industrial leadership roles including manufacturing plant management, design-engineering management for new product and process development, and leadership of interdisciplinary integration teams for strategic mergers and acquisitions. She also has worked in the academic setting as managing director of the Dauch Center for Management of Manufacturing Enterprise and the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative for Krannert School of Management at Purdue.

Her research interests include industrial knowledge sharing and transfer, and the exploration of engineering work culture including generations-based engineering practices and norm.

Tuesday, April 17th
Monica Miller – Purdue University
Monica Miller, Pharm.D., M.Sc. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and an Adjunct Assistant Professor, at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  She received her PharmD from the University of Minnesota and completed a pharmacotherapy residency in conjunction with a master’s degree in pharmacy with an emphasis in health outcomes/infectious disease research at The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Dr. Miller’s primary practice site is with the Internal Medicine teams at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, where she serves as a preceptor for PharmD experiential students and Eskenazi Health pharmacy residents.  She also works within the award winning Purdue Kenya Partnership, Purdue University College of Pharmacy’s leading Global Health Program and consortium partner with the Academic Model Providing Access to Health Care (AMPATH).  Within the program, she co‐ coordinates the Purdue Global Health Residency. Monica also teaches several didactic courses in the PharmD curriculum and co‐coordinates the elective courses entitled: Pharmaceutical Care in Developing Countries, Preparing for Postgraduate Residency Training Program, Advanced Clinical Skills and From Apathy to Empathy.  She has a strong research interest in pharmacy education, professional development for students, and the development of sustainable care models for the underserved.

Wednesday, April 18th
Pamala Morris – Purdue University
Learning More About Our Own and Other Cultures
Dr. Pamala V. Morris is currently an Assistant Dean/Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and an Associate Professor for the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. As faculty, her primary focus is to inform youth and adults, on an international, national and local level, about the changing faces of our global society and to increase their understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and similarities within, among, and between groups. As Dean, she provides leadership in the area of multicultural education for faculty, staff, and students in the college. She developed and implemented two diversity awareness courses that serve as two out of three ways to fulfill a new Multicultural Understanding Requirement in the college.

Dr. Morris has been actively involved in the National Association for Multicultural Education since 2000. She served as Region 5 Director from 2004-2007 and has served as chair for the NAME Awards Committee for the last four years.

Thursday, April 19th
Mesut Akdere – Purdue University
Intercultural Openness
Mesut Akdere is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation at Purdue University-West Lafayette. He is the Director of Purdue Polytechnic Leadership Academy which aims to help Polytechnic students gain twenty first century leadership competencies critical for job success and career readiness. Dr. Akdere received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Human Resource Development with a minor in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Carlson School of Management.

His research focuses on leadership development and effectiveness, performance improvement through talent development, organizational change through quality management, and global human resources and cross-cultural issues. He conducts research both in the US and internationally. He has published in leadership, business, human resources, management, training & development, organization development, and education journals.

Currently, Dr. Akdere is serving on the Board of Examiners of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program as well as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He is also the Coordinator of the Academy of Human Resource Development Asia Chapter and is a member of the editorial boards of several academic journals including, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, Human Resource Development Review, Middle East Management Journal, Human Resource Development International, European of Journal Training & Development, and Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Friday, April 20th
Christi Masters – Purdue University
Communicating Effectively Across Cultural Differences
Christi Masters, M.S., CCC-SLP is a clinical associate professor at the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her Master’s degree from Arizona State University. Her primary expertise lies in identification, evaluation, and clinical management of speech and language disorders in young children. She is also a certified trainer on the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders through the Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center.

She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), professional licensure from the state of Indiana and is a member of the Indiana Speech and Hearing Association. She is a Coordinating Committee Member for ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 11 on Administration and Supervision.


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