PNW News Briefs, June 5, 2017

PNW-News-Briefs-June-5-2017_01Professor writes book about women’s political participation and influence Purdue University Northwest Associate Professor of Political Science Meg Rincker of Frankfort, Ill. has written a book that examines whether reforms that move political power from a national stage to local level increase women’s political participation and political influence.

The book, “Empowered by Design: Global Decentralization and the Gender Policy Trifecta” (Temple University Press, 2017), is based on 112 interviews Rincker conducted with women’s organizations and national and meso gender equality policymakers in Poland, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

Rincker, a PNW faculty member since 2008, holds a baccalaureate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Washington (MO) University in St. Louis.

PNW-News-Briefs-June-5-2017_02APLU awards Innovative Teaching Award to PNW professor Vanessa Quinn, Purdue University Northwest professor of biology and Honors College associate dean, has received a $3,000 Innovative Teaching Award grant from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board on Agriculture Assembly Academic Programs Section.

Quinn will use the grant and matching funding from Purdue Northwest and Purdue West Lafayette to offer a symposium at the Wildlife Society’s annual meeting this fall at Albuquerque, NM. During the symposium, Quinn and colleagues from other universities will present about a course they teach collaboratively to inform and equip undergraduate students with skills to apply at scientific/professional meetings. The faculty members have taught the course on their respective campuses.

Quinn, who resides in Battle Ground, Ind., holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Wisconsin, master’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

Purdue Northwest concentration in Environmental Health and Safety recognized The Environmental Health and Safety concentration within Purdue University Northwest’s baccalaureate degree program in Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) has been designated as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

The designation enables graduates of the program concentration to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. GSP designation is a highly respected level of preparation for future safety professionals and a path to gaining Certified Safety Professional certification.

“Obtaining Qualified Academic Program status allows our graduates to become more marketable when applying for environmental health and safety positions,” Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision Shoji Nakayama said. “QAP also distinguishes our program from others because our students do not need to sit for the Associate Safety Professional certification exam prior to taking the Certified Safety Professional exam, which is the ‘Gold Standard’ of safety certification.”

PNW’s Organizational Leadership and Supervision Environmental Health and Safety concentration furthers knowledge vital in preventing incidents/accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions and other occurrences that harm people, property and the environment. Other information about PNW’s Dept. of Construction Science & Organizational Leadership can be obtained by emailing

Foundation touts PNW for sales education The Sales Education Foundation (SEC) has recognized Purdue University Northwest and its sales minor academic study program as a 2017 top institution for professional sales education.

In its annual issue this spring, SEC acknowledged PNW for preparing students for successful careers in professional selling and helping to elevate the sales profession. The issue can be accessed at

The PNW sales minor, launched last fall, helps business and non-business students develop sales skills necessary to succeed in a changing, 21st century workplace. Students develop their skills through exposure to real world selling situations and interactions with local sales professionals.

Other information about PNW’s sales minor is available by contacting Assistant Professor of Marketing Claudia C. Mich at

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