Prior to her retirement, Joy Dietz’s 21-year higher-education career included positions inadministration, 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.