2018 Award Announcement and Criteria

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.


Timothy J. Gibb, professor, insect biology, college of education

Gibb has a long track and successful record in the practice and scholarship of engagement.  His ability to partner and collaborate with community stakeholders as well as professional peers has led to significant and sustainable impacts, both locally and nationally.  


Carla C. Johnson, professor of science education

Johnson is a respected scholar and leader in the realm of K-12 STEM education. The body of her work has been global in scope and local in impact over her career trajectory. She is currently working with over 30 school corporations in the state of Indiana on the process of transforming to a STEM focus learning.


Darcy Bullock, professor of civil engineering

Bullock works closely with engineers at the local, state and national levels to identify critical research problems and produce solutions. His work demonstrates a successful history of real-world implementation. His community partner is the Indiana Department of Transportation.


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.


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.


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 Scholar 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.


Paul Ebner, associate professor of animal science

As part of the USAID Funded program focused on higher education development Ebner and his colleagues have worked with Herat University in Afghanistan to develop a new department of food technology.  This process involved capacity building of faculty and administration, curriculum development, and direct interaction with Afghan undergraduate students through teaching, research and extension.  This is only a small part of Dr. Ebner's many noteworthy projects.


Stacey L. Connaughton, associate professor of brian lamb school of communication and director of Purdue Peace Project (PPP).

Connaughton, in leading PPP, has developed a program of engaged scholarship that makes her an outstanding candidate for this award. Through work on all of their projects, PPP has developed a social-scientific, evidence-based approach to monitoring and evaluating locally driven political violence prevention projects.


Tamara Moore, associate professor of engineering education

Moore is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of STEM integration in the K-12 classroom. She has made a tremendous impact on schools, teachers and students around the world through her scholarship of engagement work. Her community partner is Saint Paul Public Schools.


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.


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


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.

Staff Engagement Award

Awarded to a staff member who has collaborated in sustained synergistic partnerships within his or her community; embodies the scholarship of engagement, not only to strengthen Purdue University, but also community partners; continually gives back, through community service, in order to improve the lives of others.


Tamara Ogle, regional educator, purdue extension community development

For the past eight years Tamara has served as an educator for Purdue Extensions, and has played a leadership role in the development and implementation of two of the largest signature programs in the area of Community Development. Her work with On Local Government (OLG) and the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) has equipped leaders around the state with the skills, knowledge, and resources to make more informed decisions regarding the future of their communities.


Roy Ballard, purdue extension educator, agriculture & natural resources, Hancock County

Bill Bayley, director of science express, K-12 chemistry outreach

Ballard has distinguished himself in Indiana Agriculture and has educated residents of rural Indiana through his consistent and dedicated efforts to inform citizens of his county and throughout the state about alternative agricultural opportunities and local marketing of foods to make those alternatives sustainable and impactful for the community.

Bayley excels in all of the areas that this award recognizes including collaboration in sustained synergistic partnerships within his community to strengthen Purdue and its community partners and continually giving back through community service in order to improve the lives of others.


Dorothy A. Reed, assistant dean for engagement, college of education

Reed fosters a collaborative work environment to address issues of common concern and embraces the mission of engagement as an administrative professional staff member. Her community partner is Food Finders Food Bank.

Service Learning Award

Awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates an impact on students and the community both in and out of the classroom, portrays consideration of and commitment to the needs of community partners and a long-term commitment to the service-learning community.


Jennifer Bay, associate professor, college of liberal arts

Bay has amassed an exemplary record of service-learning teaching and research while at Purdue University.  One such example is through her collaboration with Food Finders Food Bank.  Along with her students, Bay has contributed to the region's fight against food insecurity, touching the lives of over 10,000 clients, 1,300 volunteers, and 175 member agencies at Food Finders Food Bank.


Rod N. Williams, associate professor, college of education

Williams initiated a project to reduce food waste through service learning. Building a sustainable and secure food production system while strengthening ecological and environmental integrity in agricultural landscapes is a daunting task, and will only become more difficult with a projected human population growth of nearly 9 billion people by 2050 (Lutz et al., 2001). Reducing food waste can not only help strengthen our food production system, it offers many environmental and economic benefits. Williams is currently working with a team of extension professionals and a M.S. student to address the consequences of food waste through The Nature of Food Waste program.

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.


Kathy Broniarczyk

Christy Collette

Dave Topp

Janet Wagner

Star Behavioral Health Providers. The Star Behavioral Health Providers Program (SBHP) is a training and referral system aimed at improving community mental health care for military members, veterans, and their families.  SBHP prepares civilian helping professionals to be more aware of and knowledgeable about military-connected families, psychological problems connected to military service, and evidence-based treatments for those problems.  SBHP consists of 3 tiers of training comprising a total of 5 days of training.  Tiers 1 and 2 are open to any helping professional wanting to become better prepared and tier 3 is restricted to licensed clinicians.  Training is offered in person on location throughout each participating state.  A web-based registry, open to the public, can be search for trained providers' locations, specialties, and levels of training.


Lionel J. "Bo" Beaulieu

Tanya Hall

Jennifer Helfrich

Tamara Ogle

Heather Strohm

Michael Wilcox

Tyler Wright

Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). The Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue University Extension officially launched a new program in the fall of 2014 in partnership with Ball State University and Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) titled Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). HCI is a long-term capacity-building program that is comprised of three phases: Foundation, Building Block and Capstone. Over 300 local residents have served on the local HCI teams in 14 sites and more than 8,600 surveys were completed by local residents as communities plan for their future by launching projects in the areas of leadership, economy, or place making. Communities are in various stages of planning and project execution. Sample projects initiated by HCI sites include building public spaces and a park in Corydon’s downtown arts district, strengthening and expanding the local foods system in Seymour, and expanding and connecting tourism assets through Pulaski County. Two HCI sites, the City of Corydon and Rush County were selected as Stellar Community recipients by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Stellar communities supports transformative efforts to plan, leverage existing resources, foster regional investments and stimulate long term grown in the selected sites.


Mari-Ellyn Brock

Pamela Brown

Maeve Drummond

William Oakes

Andrew Pierce

Tim Strueh

Jean Trusedell

Charese Williams

Carla Zoltowski

EPICS stands for Engineering Projects in Community Service-Learning. Started at Purdue University in 1995 with 40 students, the program has grown to its current size of over 500 students per semester and is consistently engaging more than 50 majors each year from across campus. 120 EPICS Learning Community students take EPICS as a substitute for first year engineering courses. More than 40 community partnerships are active with EPICS with the majority coming from the local area but some from as far away as Columbia, Ecuador, Ireland, and India. EPICS is a highly decorated program, receiving recognition by some of the highest awards in community engagement and education including the U.S. Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Campus Award, The National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Technology and Education, recognition by the NSF’s Corporate Foundation Alliance as an Exemplar Program and twice winner of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Chester Carlson Award.


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. 


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.


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, conceptualized 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.


Bill Walker, research assistant professor, curriculum & instruction; associate director, Indiana GEAR UP

From 2004-2016, Walker worked as the director for Purdue Science K-12 Outreach.  As director, Walker oversaw six outreach coordinators and utilized approximately $1,000,000 per year to improve science and mathematics education in Indiana.  Through Science K-12 Outreach, Walker designed research-based programs to bring the latest developments in discipline-based science and mathematics education to classrooms.  In 2017 Walker accepted his current position as Associate Director of Indiana GEAR UP which works with schools across the state of Indiana to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education and conduct research to better understand student STEM learning, persistence, and entry into post-secondary study and careers.


Jill Newton, associate professor, college of education

Newton was hired at Purdue University in 2008 to serve on the mathematics education faculty in the College of Education. Since her arrival at Purdue University, Dr. Newton has made significant contributions to K-12 STEM Education in Indiana. One reference stated, she has generously shared her passion and expertise in mathematics education with undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and teacher educators in Indiana and across the nation. Her engagement and productivity have taken many forms as she has formed partnerships and garnered resources to promote effective mathematics teaching and learning and significant research and scholarship.


Natalie Carroll, professor in agriculture and biological engineering and extension education

Carroll has been involved in PK-12 engagement activities since coming to Purdue in April 1995. She has reached 6,909 youth directly, through events and workshops on the Purdue campus. Her support of the Indiana 4-H natural resource projects has impacted 428,361 youth enrolled in 10 project areas during the nearly 22 years that she has been at Purdue. Her community partner is Zach Beasley, Tippecanoe County surveyor.


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.


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. 

JoAnn Miller Exemplary Community Partner Award

Faculty, students and staff are asked to nominate nonprofit agencies, schools or governmental units that have demonstrated excellence in creating and sustaining opportunities for engaging Purdue students in volunteerism or service-learning.


LTHC - afayette Transitional Housing Center

LTHC Homeless Services is a non-profit organization which began in 1989 to develop housing, offer supportive services, and other opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for the homeless, particularly families with children, in our community. LTHC operates the following programs: the Homeless Services Program ~ Coordinated Entry, Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Rapid Re-Housing, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families. The goal of each program is to help individuals and families who are experiencing homeless learn the needed skills to maintain housing.


Drug Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County

The Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County brings together a cross-section of the community in a countywide effort to reduce youth and adult use and the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) through multiple strategies across multiple sectors.


Wabash Center

Wabash Center is a non-profit organization assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities or special needs to reach their fullest potential. 

Founded in 1953, Wabash Center began when a class of 11 children began meeting as the Wabash School for the Exceptional. Parents came together to open doors of opportunity for their children who had abilities and talents to share.  As a premier organization serving those with disabilities, Wabash Center emphasizes potentials and possibilities by nurturing the abilities of individuals.  For some, it may be helping to master daily living skills to live independently. For many, it is providing an opportunity to join the workforce, making meaningful contributions to their own independence. For others, it is simply the opportunity to live in the community. Our education programs have evolved, but our mission remains the same. Today’s programs open doors to independent living, employment, and community involvement.


Food Finders Food Bank

Food Finders Food Bank collaborates with other organizations to provide food for those in need and to educate, advocate and address food inseruicty in North Central Indiana.

  • Equality: We believe everyone deserves access to enough food to live a healthy life.
  • Dignity: We believe people seeking food assistance deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity.
  • Empowerment: We believe education empowers individuals to improve their lives.
  • Collaboration: We believe that collaboration builds stronger communities.
  • Stewardship: We believe in wise stewardship, financial transparency and that donor intent should be honored.


Hanna Community Center

Hanna Center prides itself in offering quality programming for youth, seniors, and health education. We invite you to explore what we have to offer!  


Lafayette Crisis Center

Lafayette Crisis Center provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information and referral, 24/7.

Everyone has the right to be listened to without judgment or criticism. You can talk and know we listen with respect and confidentiality. We believe everyone has the capacity to resolve their own problems with support.

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