Sadowski honored for advancement of women
Associate Dean Mary Sadowski
Mary Sadowski, associate dean for undergraduate programs and learning in the College of Technology, was named the 2010 recipient of Purdue University’s Violet Haas Award.
Established in 1990, the award recognizes individuals, programs or departments at Purdue that have facilitated the advancement of women in hiring, promotion, education and salary, or have generally enhanced a positive professional climate for women at the university.
Sadowski began her career at Purdue as a graduate student in instructional research and design. Upon completion of her doctoral degree in 1984, she joined the Department of Computer Graphics and rose through the ranks from assistant professor to full professor. In 1999 she left Purdue to serve as a professor of information and management technology at Arizona State University. She returned to Purdue in 2003 and moved into her current position as associate dean in the College of Technology.
In her current role, Sadowski has implemented a college-wide process with checks and measures for faculty search committees to ensure that candidate pools are inclusive and representative. She also has worked to advance women in the greater Lafayette community through her involvement with the YWCA. Beginning as a domestic violence volunteer in 1989, she has held numerous leadership positions, including serving as president of the board of directors and president of the foundation board.
The award, sponsored by the Council on the Status of Women, is named for Haas, an electrical engineering professor from 1962-86 who was instrumental in the early development of the Purdue chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Sadowski will have her name added to the Violet Haas Legacy Plaque outside Purdue Memorial Union, Room 108.
The Council on the Status of Women was formed in 1988-89 to create a voice for women at Purdue by studying existing university practices and procedures and women's professional concerns.
The group has been active in issues related to women at Purdue, such as advocating the development of a child-care facility and domestic partner benefits.