Purdue University Calumet faculty members in the spotlight

2012-12-05T16:42:00Z 2012-12-05T17:55:05Z Purdue University Calumet faculty members in the spotlightBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
December 05, 2012 4:42 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Six Purdue University Calumet faculty members recently gained recognition for their work outside the classroom.


Two volumes of collected works edited by three Purdue University Calumet professors have been published.

Jane Campbell, a professor of English, and Theresa Carilli, of Oak Park, Ill., a professor of communication, co-edited their second published book, “Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women’s Lives.” The publication is a compilation of 15 articles examining the status of women as depicted by the media, including one written by Carilli.

Additionally, Professor of Spanish Jose Castro-Urioste of Chicago edited the anthology “America Nuestra,” consisting of 18 short stories written by Spanish-speaking writers living in the United States. Castro-Urioste wrote one of the stories.

“Challenging Images of Women in the Media…”: examines the cultural status of women, while exploring how they can break away from narrow, media-generated expectations placed upon them.

“We decided to examine the status of women in the media because of the misconception that women have achieved full equality in every arena of contemporary society,” Campbell said. “Yet, if one pays attention to the media, archaic messages still abound. By deconstructing media images, we hope to further positive notions of women.”

In co-editing the book, Campbell said she and Carilli learned that “equality is not happening at the pace we would like. Throughout the world, women still confront limited perceptions of their worth and value.”

A Purdue Calumet faculty member since 1980, Campbell holds degrees from the University of Arkansas and Northern Illinois University. Carilli, who has served Purdue Calumet since 1988, has degrees from the University of Connecticut and Southern Illinois University.

Written entirely in Spanish, Castro-Urioste’s book features stories written by faculty from major universities who also offer backgrounds from Spanish-speaking nations.

“It really reflects and expresses the situation of Latino communities [in America],” Castro-Urioste said, “and represents different Spanish-speaking areas of the world.”

At the 2012 International Latino Book Awards, the book earned second place in the category of Best Popular Fiction-Spanish or Bilingual.

Castro-Urioste has served Purdue Calumet since 1998. He holds degrees from the University of San Marcos and the University of Pittsburgh.


Purdue University Calumet Assistant Professor of Nursing Cheryl Anema, of South Holland, has received the DAISY Faculty Award for commitment to and inspirational influence on her students.

Honorees are nominated by peers and colleagues for positively impacting their students through demonstrated excellence in clinical expertise, compassionate care and as role models in the nursing community.

Specifically, Anema was cited for her ability to influence learning, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and effectively mentor students academically and professionally.

“It is humbling and a great honor to receive the DAISY Faculty Award,” she said. “Receiving such a great award from a large medical center for my work with Purdue Calumet nursing students is a tribute to the students as much as to me.”

Anema has taught at Purdue Calumet since 2007. She holds degrees from DePaul, Loyola and Rush Universities of Chicago.


Wendy St. Jean, a Purdue University Calumet associate professor of history, has been selected a 2012-13 Indiana Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow.

As a fellow, the Hammond resident is part of a class of faculty recognized for demonstrating that service-learning and community engagement effectively can integrate faculty teaching, research and professional service.

“I am engaged in two projects,” she said. “One is a group project with the other fellows. We are writing a guide book to explain how nonprofit organizations can partner with universities for service learning projects. The other project is the development of a service learning/public history course for my students that will run in the spring and focus on the history of the underground railroad. Students will be assisting the Levi Coffin Association to raise funds for a visitor’s center at the Levi Coffin home by helping develop a membership newsletter.”

A national historic landmark, the Levi Coffin home has been named one of the 20 most historically significant places in the country by the History Channel. Quakers Levi and Catherine Coffin helped more than 2,000 slaves reach safety at this site on the Underground Railroad.

St. Jean has taught at Purdue Calumet since 2005. She holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Virginia and the University of Connecticut.


Purdue University Calumet Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Lash Mapa recently was named an American Society for Quality-certified Quality Engineer by the Certification Board of American Society for Quality.

The certification reflects a significant level of professional comprehension of and proficiency in quality principles and practices.

“The American Society for Quality states that to be certified one needs eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Engineer Body of Knowledge,” Mapa, a Glenview, Ill., resident, said. “A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position.”

The American Society for Quality is a global community of people passionate about quality who use their tools, ideas and expertise to make the world work better, according to Susan Scachitti, head of Purdue Calumet’s Department of Engineering Technology.

“This certification achieved by Dr. Mapa is validation by his peers that he is an outstanding practitioner in the field of quality engineering and that he knows how to apply his knowledge to benefit society,” she added.

This is the second ASQ certification Mapa has attained in the past year. The first was a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, which requires understanding of Six Sigma philosophies and principles.

Mapa has been a PUC faculty member since 1987. He holds degrees from Birkenhead (England) College and the University of Manchester (England).


Purdue University Calumet Professor of Economics Amlan Mitra has been re-appointed to the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Transportation Research Board is a division of the National Research Council, a six-division institution that provides research services to the public and government, as well as engineering and scientific fields. The council is administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

The TRB seeks to increase productivity and efficiency in all areas of transportation. Executive Committee members are appointed by the chairman of the National Research Council.

Mitra, of Naperville, Ill., offers extensive scholarly research about the economy of freight transportation. As a TRB Executive Committee member, he said, he hopes to use his knowledge about Northwest Indiana’s transportation network to positively impact regional economic development.

“I strongly believe that investments in transportation infrastructure in our region will play a significant role in improving supply chain performance,” he said, “and therefore, promote economic development of Northwest Indiana.”

Mitra has served PUC since 1995. He holds degrees from St. Xavier’s College, the University of Calcutta, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Northern Illinois University.


Research reported in an article written by two PUC professors and a colleague that was published recently in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies has been cited as “research of note” by a prominent consulting firm.

In their article, Founder-CEOs, External Board Appointments, and the Likelihood of Corporate Turnaround in Declining Firms, Arifin Angriawan, an assistant professor of strategy and Derek Ruth, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship  both of Purdue Calumet, and professor Michael Abebe,of the University of Texas-Pan American, advance the notion that declining firms led by CEOs who hold board appointments with other companies are more apt to experience recovery than struggling firms whose leaders are less connected externally.

The fall issue of Strategy+Business, corporate magazine of Booz & Co., noted the article’s findings in its “Recent Research” section. Booz & Co. is a global management and consulting firm that advises and serves many of the world’s leading organizations.

For their piece, the professors analyzed data collected from a matched pair of 82 turnaround and bankrupt U.S. firms. Their findings indicated that board appointments are more than social outlets in that they provide access to advice, resources and expertise that can contribute to a strategy of effective turnaround.

Angriawan, of Dyer, has taught at Purdue Calumet since 2007. He holds degrees from Universitas Persada Indonesia, Wichita State University and Southern Illinois University. Ruth, a Chicago resident and PUC faculty member since 2008, has degrees from McMaster University, the University of Alberta and Purdue.

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