Prior to her retirement, Joy Dietz’s 21-year higher-education career included positions in
administration, advising, admissions, student services, and student development.
In each position, she worked to develop student transition programs and foster student
communities that promote inclusion, professionalism and leadership. She is an
enthusiastic supporter of students as they strive to reach their goals for success.
After receiving her B.A. in Communication at age 40, Joy began her higher education
career with Penn State University’s Admissions Office. In her first role as Assistant
Director for Customer Services, she organized campus visit programs and helped guide
students and their families through the admissions process.
Beginning in 1999, Joy worked in several positions at Purdue’s Krannert School of
Management. As Director of Students Services for the full-time Master’s Programs, she
advised students; planned and directed the student-orientation program; and facilitated
the Leadership and Ethics Series program. Recognizing a need for more student
support, she developed a student-to- student mentor program to further assist students
in making a successful transition into the school. In 2011, Joy was promoted to Director
of the Full-time Master’s programs, where she was responsible for Admissions, Student
Services, and Career services. While in that position, she led a team of faculty, staff and
students to create the “Launching Business Leaders (LBL)” program. LBL includes a set
of competencies along with assessments, coaching, and programming to guide
students in developing their professional and leadership skills. In her final Purdue
position, Joy was Director of Women in Management, a program she helped develop.
She and her team created a Women in Management class to help young women
envision their futures, supported a culture of inclusion by bringing a Human Library
event to Purdue, and welcomed alumnae to campus to advise the WIM program and
serve as role models for students. In 2016, Joy was invited by the White House Council
on Women and Girls to attend the United State of Women White House summit.
Joy received a B.A. in Speech Communication, with Honors, from The Pennsylvania
State University and an M.A. in Organizational Communication from Purdue
University. Her undergraduate research focused on decision-making during the breast
cancer treatment decision. Her graduate research explored the MBA socialization
process and how it impacts women students differently than men.