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Honors College Scholarly Fellows

Dr. Rosanne Altstatt
Dr. Emily Allen

Director, Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory
John Martinson Honors College 


Emily Allen is the founding Director of the Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory, a new Honors College initiative launching in 2021-2022. The Blue Sky Lab (BSL) will focus on translating and scaling high-impact pedagogies incubated in the Honors College and in connecting the HC outward to other educational institutions and communities. This new laboratory for teaching practice and research takes to the skies with “visionary pedagogy for a better world” starting Fall 2021.

From 2012-2021, Professor Allen served as the Honors College’s first Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in which position she oversaw the development of the college’s interdisciplinary courses, curriculum, and faculty; contributed to imagining its co-curricular structures; and helped set the vision and goals of Purdue’s first academic-residential college. She is particularly proud of having created the innovative structure of the college’s first-year seminar “Evolution of Ideas” and its attached mentor course, which was designed through Purdue’s groundbreaking IMPACT and now stands as a model for new and other programs.

She is also Associate Professor in the English Department, where her primary scholarly area is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, particularly the novel. She is the author of Theater Figures: The Production of the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (The Ohio State University Press) and a founding member of NAVSA, the North American Victorian Studies Association. Professor Allen received her B. A. (honors) from UCLA, and her M. A. (honors) and Ph. D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She held an Isaac Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University in Canada before arriving at Purdue University. She was the Director of the College of Liberal Arts Honors Program from 2008-2012, when she moved to Purdue’s new Honors College.

Professor Allen has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the Charles B. Murphy Award in Undergraduate Teaching, the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award, the Teaching for Tomorrow Award. She is a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy, and her name appears in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers.

Jennifer Hall
Dr. Jen Hall

Senior Lecturer
Brian Lamb School of Communication 

Laura Schwab-Reese
Dr. Laura Schwab-Reese

Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health 

The primary goal of Dr. Schwab Reese’s work is to inform, develop, and evaluate interventions to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries. She has worked in a wide range of injury topics, including intimate partner violence, suicide, opioid overdose, traffic safety culture, bullying, teen driving, sports injury, and child abuse, but she is particularly interested in primary prevention of violence perpetration. Her approach to violence prevention is guided by a theoretical framework that suggests internal factors, such as mental health, substance use, and adverse childhood experiences, contribute to a behavioral predisposition to perpetration. However, the physical and psychosocial context may escalate or deescalate this predisposition to violence. As a trained counselor, health educator and public health researcher, her focus is understanding and intervening at the intersection of the internal and external environment.

Beyond her primary research interests, she is also passionate about using her expertise to support state and local communities. She frequently collaborates with community organizations, public health departments, and others to address community concerns about injuries and violence.

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Dr. Jeffrey Gerber

Continuing Lecturer
Department of Physics and Astronomy 

Cara Putman
Dr. Cara Putman

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management
Krannert School of Management 

At Krannert, Cara serves as the Director, Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management and is a Clinical Assistant Professor. She teaches undergraduate and graduate core courses in business law, employment law, international law, business ethics, and corporate governance.  She has taught the core graduate business law class since 2006, and journeyed to Germany to teach it in the summer of 2012. In addition she has led undergraduate study abroad experiences in Siena, Florence, and Rome.

Cara developed MGMT 331 the Development of EEOC Law as a cultural competency core class through the IMPACT grant process. With a focus on the landmark Supreme Court cases that have affected women in the workplace since the passage of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the class allows students to explore the law in a practical light. She also developed HONR 299, a leadership course, for the interdisciplinary students at the Honors College. 

Cara is a frequent recipient of Distinguished and Outstanding Teaching Awards from her students. In May 2021 she received the Krannert Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in course delivery.  She loves it when students follow her from class to class or ask to do an independent study with her. Becoming the inaugural School of Management Honors Director was a natural extension of the joy Cara finds in mentoring students. In this role, Cara built programs and networked across campus to smooth the Honors pathway for Krannert's top students. She is excited to take what she learned in that role to her expanded position as the Director of the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management. Students will often find her door open, an invitation to come in and talk about classes, grad school, or career plans. 

In June 2017, Cara was named the Senior Faculty Fellow for Hawkins Residence Hall. The Faculty Fellow program is Purdue's mentoring program that promotes a personalized experience for students through association with faculty on an informal basis outside the classroom and office.

Prior to teaching at Purdue, she also taught in the Legal Research and Writing program at George Mason University School of Law. She is also a frequent instructor at writing conferences around the country.

Cara is a honors graduate of Krannert School of Management's Weekend MBA, George Mason University School of Law, and the University of Nebraska Lincoln. After law school, she clerked for Judge Loren Smith at the Court of Federal Claims. She has provided legal services as an attorney with Bennett Boehning & Clary since moving to Indiana and is licensed to practice in Indiana and Virginia.