WESTVILLE | Dr. Jane Rose, a Purdue University North Central associate professor of English, has earned the Purdue University 2014 Walk the Talk Award. This new award is given annually to individuals affiliated with Purdue University who have shown outstanding dedication to furthering the university's statement of integrity and code of conduct.
Walk the Talk Awards go to a faculty member, a staff member and a student who show strong ethical character and outstanding commitment to personal integrity and championing ethical practices and outstanding dedication to the code of conduct statement.
Rose has been chosen as an award recipient because she exemplifies the values set forth in the statement by advocating academic freedom.
As a literature instructor, Rose offers courses that often touch on a variety of sensitive topics, from gender and race in literature to modern interpretation of classical themes. She has been described as being "skilled in promoting an environment where each student feels safe in exploring and analyzing these themes."
She treats her students with fairness and expects her students to follow her example by treating each other with respect and dignity. Rose is known for her ability to champion freedom of expression in the classroom, open inquiry and debate that furthers education and enrichment as well as intellectual diversity and inclusiveness. She makes it clear through both action and word that each student's opinion is valued and respect is paramount to cooperative learning.
Recipients were honored at a reception on the West Lafayette campus. They were resented by the Purdue University Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance.
"This is a well-deserved honor," said Dr. Jerry Holt, PNC interim chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages. "The Purdue University Code of Conduct emphasizes the fact that we as a learning community do not compromise standards. In our department, Dr. Rose is nothing less than the standard bearer. Her work as adviser to our honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, maintains the superb reputation of that organization. And her classroom commitment to excellence sets a formidable bar for all of us. Students work hard in Dr. Rose's classes - and they treasure those learning experiences long after graduation."