Nan Bohan has been a long-time champion of IUPUI's civic engagement mission. During her nineteen years as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, Bohan challenged administrators, faculty, and students to strengthen their commitment to community service. She has offered support to the Center for Service and Learning, the Center on Philanthropy, and International Affairs. She also worked with the Department of Athletics to create community involvement initiatives for student athletes. Bohan is a long-time volunteer at IUPUI campus events for United Way, Martin Luther King Day of Service, and the WESCO Partnership. Over the years, Bohan has been a major supporter of IUPUI's Senior Academy for retired staff members, working to keep the program alive.
MaryEllen (Kiley) Bishop
MaryEllen (Kiley) Bishop was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of Indiana University in June 2010. An alumnae of Indiana University (Bachelor of Science in Marketing, 1979) and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis (JD, 1982), Bishop has volunteered her time to many Indiana University and IUPUI projects and committees.
Assistant Dean of Development and External Affairs, School of Liberal Arts
Gail Plater joined the School of Liberal Arts administration in 1997, following 15 years with the IU Foundation where she was among the first staff in the Indianapolis office and developed the first annual giving campaign for IUPUI. While with the IU Foundation, she helped initiate the IUPUI Faculty/Staff Campus Campaign (now the Impact IUPUI Campaign) which has generated millions for IUPUI in its more than 20 year history and is the only campaign of its kind in the IU System.
IUPUI Office for Women
by Kathleen S. Grove
The current Office for Women was established in October 1996 following a recommendation of the Task Force on the Status of Women. The establishment of this task force in 1994 was the starting point for the latest discussion of the status of women at IUPUI. Chancellor Maynard Hine had appointed the first IUPUI Commission on the Status of Women in 1973 with Frances Dodson Rhome as Chairperson. The purpose of this earlier commission was to assure that the campus was in alignment with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibited sex discrimination in education.
Women's Studies Program,
IU School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis
With the impetus of the women's movement in the 1970's and the implementation of Title VII, Women's Studies emerged as an interdisciplinary approach to acknowledge the changing and evolving roles of women. For twenty five years, students at IUPUI have pursued both minor and undergraduate degrees, and now students can finally earn a graduate degree in women's studies.
What is Women's Studies?
Women's Studies brings together faculty, women and some men, interested in women's issues in teachings, research and service. Interdisciplinary in nature, WOST explores a wide range of issues as seen through the perspective of gender. Women's Studies can help shape a vision of women's position in society that will enable students to make a more meaningful contribution wherever their career paths and future engagements may lead. A degree in women's studies should enhance a student's effectiveness in virtually any career:
National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, Indiana University School of Medicine
In 1997, the Indiana University School of Medicine was awarded support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to become a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. The Centers were located in academic medical centers where they brought together the work of their schools and departments addressing women's health.
The initial goal of the center was to assess women's health needs and current efforts in the state to address those needs, and to develop a coordinated national resource center consisting of programs to provide comprehensive women's health care. In addition, the Center focused on developing educational programs for both the public and for health care professionals, and researching women's health issues.
Dr. Rose Fife, Professor of Medicine, and Associate Dean for Research, IU School of Medicine was the founding director of the National Center.
Sandra Petronio, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Core Faculty, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and School of Informatics
Sandra Petronio, Ph.D. is a highly regarded researcher in the areas of privacy, disclosure, and confidentiality. She developed the Communication Privacy Management Theory, widely considered to be an important breakthrough in her field. Her book, Boundaries of Privacy: Dialectics of Disclosure won the 2003 Gerald R. Miller Award of National Communications Association and the 2004 IARR Book Award from the International Association for Relationship Research.
The Role of the President's/Chancellor's Spouse or Partner
By Kathleen Grove, Director, IUPUI Office for Women
When Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis came into being in 1969 Maynard K. Hine, the former dean of the IU School of Dentistry, was named the first Chancellor of the combined campus. At his side was his wife, Harriett Hine. In those days, the Chancellor's spouse was referred to as the "first lady" and the parameters and expectations of her role were not considered official university business. Since 1969, we have had five Chancellors at IUPUI and they each have been accompanied by a spouse who contributed to development of IUPUI in their own unique way: Harriett Hine, Marianna Irwin, Jean Bepko, Gail Plater and Sandra Petronio. Over the years, the role of the "Presidential Partner" as it is now called has evolved from one of a helpmate to today's understanding that the role can have official duties of its own.
Ulla Connor, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication at IUPUI
Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair in Intercultural Communication, School of Liberal Arts
Professor of English
An expert in intercultural communication and linguistics research, Ulla Connor, Ph.D. has defined her field of study. She pioneered the sub-field of 'contrastive rhetoric,' in the 1990s, and her 1996 book, Contrastive Rhetoric, is considered a classic in the field. Connor has received over 26 grants to conduct her research throughout her professional career and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals.
Florence McMaster, J.D.
Librarian, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, 1946-1973
Professor of Law, 1961-1973
Florence McMaster, J.D. spent 27 years as a law librarian at the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. During these years, she developed the library's collection of books from only 10,500 volumes to over 125,000 volumes. In 1956, she pioneered a workshop series on legal research for incoming law students that was utilized by the school for many years.
In 1961, McMaster completed her law degree and became an assistant professor of law. In 1972, she was promoted to full professor. In the late-1960s and early 1970s, McMaster served as chair of the IUPUI Council of Librarians, a group that advised the Indiana University Library Coordinating Committee on the development of IUPUI libraries.