Engagement Awards

Engagement Awards:

The purpose of these awards are:

  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 community interaction and partnership culminating in documented community impact; and
  3. To promote engagement as a powerful vehicle for fostering impactful scholarship. 
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Faculty Engagement Fellow Award To be awarded to a full professor whose work has led to a strong record in the Scholarship of Engagement;
  • Christian J. Foster Award  To be awarded to a faculty member who has contributed to K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Indiana.
  • Service Learning Award  To be 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.

Staff Award

Staff Engagement Award  To be 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.

The nomination package for the awards list above should consist of:

  1. A concise summary (no more than two pages, not including references) of the engagement work that provides background and addresses the specific award criteria;
  2. A letter from a community partner describing the partnership and community impact,
  3. A letter from an independent, recognized scholar describing the significance of the new knowledge created.

All nominations will be evaluated 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 information:

Nominations will be evaluated and awards decided by a distinguished ad hoc committee.   Each awardee will receive an appropriately inscribed plaque and a monetary award.   Tenured, tenure track, and clinical faculty are eligible for faculty awards. Nominations are encouraged from all Purdue campuses.

Submission Guidelines:

Nominations should be submitted via email to Julie Gibbs at jagibbs@purdue.edu  Self-nominations are acceptable. Call-out for nominations is held each spring with the deadline varying from February 1 to February 10.