Office of Engagement

March 2014

To recognize excellence and promote the Scholarship of Engagement1, Steve Abel, Associate Vice

President, Purdue’s Office of Engagement, invites nominations for the following awards:

1.   Faculty Engagement Scholar Award To be 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;

2.   Corps of Engagement Award To be awarded to a team of faculty, staff, students, and /or community stakeholders for outstanding partnership and achievement in the Scholarship of Engagement;

3.   Faculty Engagement Fellow Award To be awarded to a full professor whose work has led to a strong record in the Scholarship of Engagement.

The three-fold purpose of the Office of Engagement Awards is:

1.   To reward outstanding accomplishments that exemplify the highest levels of excellence in the

Scholarship of Engagement;

2.   To reinforce the core characteristics of the Scholarship of Engagement, namely, the creation and dissemination of new knowledge through intensive community2 interaction and partnership culminating in documented community impact; and

3.   To promote engagement as a powerful vehicle for fostering impactful scholarship. All nominations will be judged on the following criteria:

1.   Scholarship Is there strong evidence that the work has been received and recognized by the community of scholars most appropriate to the field of endeavor?

2.   Community Partnership Does the work involve reciprocal, collaborative, and mutually beneficial working relationships with community stakeholders?

3.   Documented Impact Has the impact of the work on community stakeholders been studied, understood, and reported? Is the impact sustainable?

General guidelines are as follows:

1.   Nominations should be submitted via email to Julie Gibbs at jagibbs@purdue.edu by the nomination deadline indicated below. (Self-nominations are acceptable.)

2.  The nomination package should consist of:

   a.   A concise summary (no more than two pages, not including references) of the engagement work that provides background and addresses the three criteria listed above;

   b.   A CV, not exceeding three pages, for each person named in the nomination;

   c.   A letter from a community partner describing the partnership and community impact;

   d.   A letter from an independent, recognized scholar describing the significance of the new knowledge created.

3.   Nominations will be evaluated and awards decided by a distinguished ad hoc committee.

4.   Awards will be presented at the Faculty Awards Convocation (to receive an award, the awardee or a designated representative must be present at the convocation).

5.   Each awardee will receive an appropriately inscribed plaque and a monetary award.

6.   Tenured, tenure track, and clinical faculty are eligible for faculty awards. Important dates are:

Nominations due:                                                     Monday, March 24, 2014

Awards announced at the Faculty Awards Convocation:    Thursday, April 24, 2014


1 Dr. Lorilee Sandmann Presentation, http://www.purdue.edu/engagement/scholarship-of-engagement.html 

2 “Community” is used in a broad sense to mean organizations autonomous from Purdue ranging from public charities to private enterprises.