|| April 12, 2004
Carol Connelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267
WESTVILLE - Purdue University North
Central announces that the Purdue University Board of
Trustees approved the promotion of six faculty members.
All promotions become effective with the 2004-2005 academic
Those promoted are:
Purna Das to
professor of physics. Das has been a faculty member
since 1991. He is noted as an accomplished teacher,
respected researcher and contributes his time and energies
to the benefit of the community. He earned his bachelors
and masters degrees from Utkal University in India
and his Ph.D. from City University of New York.
According to PNC Chancellor James. B. Dworkin, candidates
promoted to the rank of professor are recognized as
authorities in their fields of specialization at the
national and/or international level and are valued for
their intramural contributions as faculty members.
to associate professor of biological sciences. A faculty
member since 2000, he is known for his research in parasitology
and his work has been published in scholarly journals.
He has been active in campus governance and in the development
of the biology curriculum. He earned his bachelors
degree from California Polytechnic State University
in San Luis Obispo, Calif, and his Ph.D. from Purdue
University in West Lafayette.
K. Chris Holford
to associate professor of biological sciences. He has
been with PNC since 2000. He has earned a reputation
on campus as an engaging biology instructor, teaching
in many areas of the biological sciences. He established
a lab on campus to continue his study of endocrines
pathways controlling crustacean molting and his studies
have been published in a number of journals. He earned
his bachelors degree from Augustana College in
Rock Island, Ill., his masters degree from Southern
Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and his Ph.D.
from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.
to associate professor of mechanical engineering technology.
A PNC faculty member since 1997, he combines a strong
academic background with a successful industrial career.
This combination allows him to demonstrate applications
for the theoretical concepts he presents in class. He
has represented the campus and his profession at a number
of major professional meetings and is sponsor of the
PNC student team in the regional American Society of
Mechanical Engineering Design Competition. He was awarded
his bachelors degree from Purdue University Calumet;
his masters degree in business administration
from Indiana University Northwest and his masters
of science in mechanical engineering from the Illinois
Institute of Technology.
to associate professor of business. A full-time faculty
member since 1999, Whitten is considered to be an excellent
accounting teacher who consistently receives outstanding
student and peer evaluations. She leads the campus Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) effort on campus, providing
free income tax assistance to elderly and needys individuals.
She earned her bachelors degree from Purdue University
Calumet and her masters degree in business administration
from Indiana University Northwest and is a certified
According to Dworkin, academic tenure is acquired on
promotion to the rank of associate Professor. Candidates
promoted to this rank have a significant record of accomplishment
as a faculty member and show promise of continued professional
growth and recognition.
Daniel Rutledge was granted
tenure and will now serve as associate professor of
business with tenure. He came to PNC in 2001 and since
then developed a capstone business strategy course for
the business program. He is considered a key member
of his departments faculty. He earned his bachelors
and masters degrees from Western Michigan University
and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.