Engagement Awards

The Office of Engagement presents several awards to recognize excellence and promote the scholarship of engagement, specifically:

  • reward outstanding accomplishments that exemplify the highest levels of excellence in the scholarship of engagement
  • reinforce the core characteristics of the scholarship of engagement
  • promote engagement as a powerful vehicle for fostering impactful

Faculty Engagement Fellow Award

Awarded to a full professor whose work has led to a strong record in the scholarship of engagement.

2015

Bill Oakes, professor of engineering

Oakes has made an enormous impact through his engagement efforts to the university, nationally and internationally.  He has dedicated his career to the scholarship, implementation and dissemination of community engagement.  He has been internationally recognized for his work and scholarship integrating community-engaged learning with engineering education.  Oakes is internationally recognized for his work in engagement in engineering.  He has continued to grow the EPICS Program and its impact at Purdue, within the local community, nationally and internationally.  He has integrated engagement into his teaching, service and his research.

2014

Allan Gray, professor of agricultural economics

Gray serves as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. He works on developing and delivering educational materials to help managers of agribusiness firms develop a strategic focus for managing their businesses, ultimately contributing to a food supply chain that provides safe and abundant food, feed and fiber that is affordable for all.

2013

Yuehwern Yih, professor of industrial engineering

Yih has worked with Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) to develop a system for distributing food to HIV patients in Kenya. Yih and some of her graduate students developed the Nutritional Information System (NIS), the first of its kind, in 2006. NIS has delivery scheduling and inventory tracking capabilities. It also tracks patient food prescriptions and connects the information with medical records so physicians and researchers can study the impact of nutrition on patient health. And it can tell donors the health outcomes and improvements resulting from their gifts. NIS provides support to more than 35,000 people. Although it was developed specifically for AMPATH, the system can be applied in other programs with similar missions.

Faculty Engagement Scholarship Award

Awarded to an assistant or associate professor with an outstanding record of early achievement in, and strong indication of future contribution to, the scholarship of engagement.

2015

Robert X. Browning, professor communication and political science

In 1986 a group of Purdue professors gathered in the Purdue Union with C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb to discuss how C-SPAN programming could be used for teaching and research. Out of that group, Browning emerged to take the lead and create the C-SPAN Archives on the Purdue campus.  Now almost 30 years later that archive is the world's largest indexed and readily accessible video collection of the debates of our democracy. These efforts have received national recognition through a Peabody Award in 2010 and daily use of the 210,000 hours of indexed, free, online content through the C-SPAN Video Library.

2014

Nicole Olynk Widmar, associate professor of agricultural economics

Widmar's research and Purdue Extension activities are focused primarily on farm business management and production economics. She provides support to farmers as they make business decisions in an ever-changing market environment and contend with factors like environmental concerns and public perceptions of agricultural practices

2013

James Elicker, associate professor in human development and family studies

Luciana de Oliveira, associate professor of curriculum and instruction

Elicker has worked to enhance the quality of early childhood education at Purdue and throughout the state, including through his multi-year evaluation of Paths to Quality, which establishes a metric that enables parents to assess the quality of programs as they enroll their children. He was instrumental in formulating Indiana’s early learning standards, the Foundations to Indiana Academic Standards for Children Birth to Five, and he founded and co-directed the Infant-Toddler Specialists of Indiana, a statewide professional development network for persons working with children under age 3.

De Oliveira focuses on issues relating to English language learners (ELL), especially in preparing teachers. She has worked with a number of communities and partners in developing ELL programs. One of the most notable is her work with the Frankfort, Ind., school system. From 2007 to 2009 she served as a professional development specialist for the Frankfort schools, which have 60 percent ELL students, fourth highest in the state. Before her arrival, less than 10 percent of the district's teachers had received services focused on ELL. While she was there, more than 60 percent did. She also worked with the Wabash Valley Education Center to provide professional development for in-service teachers across the state.

Corps of Engagement Award

Awarded to a team of faculty, staff, students, and/or community stakeholders for outstanding partnership and achievement in the scholarship of engagement.

2015

Corinne E.N. Alexander, associate professor, agricultural economics

Dieudonné Baributsa, research assistant professor, entomology

Carole L. Braund, program administrator, international programs in agriculture

Natalie J. Carroll, professor, youth development and agricultural education

Heather Fabries, managing director, international programs in agriculture

Joan Fulton, professor, agricultural economics

William Horan, extension educator

Katy G. Ibrahim, retiree, college of agriculture

James Lowenberg-DeBoer, professor of agricultural economics

Lisa Mauer, professor of food science

Amanda Mosiman, extension educator

Larry L. Murdock, professor of entomology

George M. Okantey, extension educator

Maria H. Restrepo-Turner, extension educator

Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, assistant professor of agricultural economics

Charles P. Woloshuk, professor of botany and plant pathology

The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) Team is made up of faculty and staff members who, working in partnership, have excelled in engagement of the highest form: bringing the benefits of research directly to those for whom it has the most benefit—farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. The team’s work is making a difference in the lives of millions of people by helping to increase farmer income as well as improve food security.  PICS bags were developed in the late 1980s with USAID support by a team of Purdue and Cameroonian researchers led by Entomology professor Larry Murdock to reduce loss of cowpea grain to insect infestation in storage. The project initially targeted cowpeas, an African staple. The first phase of the PICS efforts, starting in 2007, focused on helping farmers in West and Central Africa understand the use of hermetic storage for cowpea and on developing a supply chain to manufacture and sell PICS bags.  Grain can be stored in PICS bags until needed, for years if necessary. 

2014

Darcy Bullock, professor of civil engineering and JTRP director

Deborah Horton, JTRP managing director

Teresa Morris, JTRP communication specialist

Christopher Day, JTRP senior research scientist

Howell Li, JTRP senior software engineer

Alexander Hainen, graduate student

Stephen Remias, graduate student

Michelle Mekker, graduate student

Steven Lavrenz, graduate student

Bullock and his Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) team were recognized for developing performance measures for improving traffic performance based on real-time data they collected, as well as creating annual reports on travel characteristics using crowd-source data from mobile phones and vehicle telematics. Their nomination also cited their work on the Indianapolis South-Split project, Purdue football traffic management, and the help they provided the State of Indiana in recovering a greater portion of the cost of damage to state property during auto accidents. James Sturdevant, director of traffic management for the Indiana Department of Transportation, was among those providing letters of support.

2013

Sonak Pastakia, associate professor of pharmacy practice

Ellen Schellhase, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice

Monica Miller, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice

Rakhi Karwa, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice

In 2003 the Purdue University College of Pharmacy formed the Purdue Kenya Program (PKP) with the goal of developing sustainable pharmacy infrastructure and services, and providing and expanding sustainable access to high-quality health care. PKP worked with AMPATH, Moi University School of Medicine, and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to implement an all-encompassing program in clinical services, teaching, pharmacy management and research. The program also has assisted the rapidly growing population of street children in Eldoret, Kenya. Through these partnerships with local Kenyan pharmacists, PKP creates clinical pharmacy infrastructure to provide inpatient care, pharmacy-based antiretroviral medication management, contextualized diabetes care, anticoagulation monitoring services and a research program to investigate the understudied characteristics of patients in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, PKP directs one of the only experiential training programs in clinical pharmacy in sub-Saharan Africa, developing future leaders of global health pharmacy. PKP has helped usher in a much-needed shift in the practice of pharmacy in Kenya by developing opportunities for pharmacists to engage in a patient-focused practice rather than the traditional product-focused practice. PKP’s investment in developing both the physical infrastructure and health care workforce has improved outcomes for thousands of patients. Those numbers will continue to grow as these pharmacists expand their models throughout Kenya and other developing countries.

Christian J. Foster Award

Awarded to a faculty member who has contributed to K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Indiana.

2015

Carla Johnson, professor of science education

Johnson's work in Indiana is focused on engaging industry, business, K-12 and higher education in innovative partnerships to advance STEM Education.  Some examples include her work with the Motorsports STEM program and the emerging Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis.  Through this work Dr. Johnson has increased the number of and types of opportunities for students and teachers to engage with STEM professionals across the state. Further, Dr. Johnson has supported colleagues on campus to co-develop and deliver creative inquiry-based, technology infused STEM programs. Her designated leadership in these, as well as the state of Indiana GEAR UP application that Governor Pence selected Purdue and Dr. Johnson to lead, clearly demonstrate her recognized contributions and efforts to move K-12 STEM education in Indiana forward in significant ways.

2014

Brenda Capobianco, associate professor of science education

Capobianco's discovery, learning, and engagement activities have a unified focus on STEM education in the K-12 schools; as such, her work aligns well with the intent of the Foster Award to acknowledge a faculty member who has made demonstrable contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in K-12 grade levels in Indiana schools.  A nationally and internationally recognized scholar in the field of STEM education, Professor Capobianco's work addresses teachers’ science teaching practices, increasing the representation of women and minorities in STEM fields, and the integration of engineering design as a vehicle for science learning in the classroom. 

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