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Associate Head for Undergraduate Education
Director, Center for Faculty Success

LILY 2-232


(Neurobiology) Cellular and molecular analysis of learning; cellular response to neural injury.


Acknowledgement of Indigenous Caretakers: We acknowledge Purdue University is located on the traditional homelands of many indigenous people. We honor and appreciate these Indigenous caretakers which include the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami) and Shawnee People.


Ph.D., Kentucky, 1978

Professional Preparation

Princeton University, Neurobiology - Postdoc 1978-82

Bell Labs, Resident Visitor, Neurobiology - 1981-82

University of Kentucky, Physiological Psych - Ph.D. 1975-78

University of Kentucky, Physiological Psych - MS. 1972-1975

Lake Erie College - BA. 1971


Purdue University

Associate Head, Department Biological Sciences: 2016 – present

Director, ADVANCE Purdue Center for Faculty Success: 2011 – present

Special Advisor to the Provost, Gender Equity: 2014 – present

Courtesy Appt: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality: 2016 - present

Professor: 2000 – present

Associate Dean, College of Science: 2000 – 2010

Associate Professor: 1994 – 2000

Research Associate: 1991 – 1994

Visiting Scholar: 1989 – 1991

Yale University

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Biology: 1982- 1989


Hoffmann, E. and Sahley, C. (2021) How Students Think Ab out Women Professors: Enforcement of Hegemonic Femininity in Students’ End-of-Term Evaluations. In Female Voices from the Worksite: The Impact of Hidden Bias against Working Women across the Globe. Editor, Marquita R. Walker.

Mack, K., Sahley, C. and O. Taylor, (2020) STEM Women of Color in Academic Leadership: That None Shall Perish. In Creating Gender-Inclusive Organizations: Lessons from Research and Practice. Editors, Ellen Kossek and Kyung-Hee Lee.

Zurn-Birkhimer, S., Ashteen-Brynat, F. and C. Sahley. (2020) Exploring your Identity and Belonging: Invited Workshop at Hawaii International Conference on Education.

Sahley, C. Smith, MJT. and L. Mason (2018) Multipronged Efforts to Diversity and Inclusion: Preparing Postdocs and Institutions. AGEP National Meeting.

Zurn-Birkhimer, S.M. and C. Sahley. (2016) Identity and Cultural: Connections in STEM. AWIS Magazine.

Zurn-Birkhimer, S.M., S. Geier* and C. Sahley, (2011) ADVANCE-Purdue: Retention, Success and Leadership for senior female STEM faculty, Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Vancouver, B.C.


Professional Activities

Lead Stem Equity Achievement Change Team (SEA Change) self- assessment and proposal development at Purdue, 2019 – present

Reviewer: Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2019 – 2020

Co-PI AGEP: (Linda Mason PI) Big Ten Academic Alliance - Professorial Advancement Initiative (focus on preparing postdocs an institutions to broaden participation across the Big Ten Academic Alliance)

Co-PI (with Klod Kokini) Clare Booth Luce Fellowship Program.

Co-Editor – Working Papers – Purdue University, 2018 – present Current edition

External Advisory Board: ADVANCE programs: Florida International; Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017 – present

External Advisory Board ADVANCE-IT Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018-present

Design and Implementation of Faculty Development Workshops, 2014 – present

Member, Executive Board of Big Ten- Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium, 2016 – present

President, Indianapolis Chapter Association of Women in Science (AWIS)

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