Our Story

Facilitating campus-community partnerships since 2001.

Stave Abel

Message from the Associate Provost for Engagement

Welcome to the Office of Engagement at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Since our founding in 2001, our office has been facilitating partnerships between Purdue and our larger communities in service of Purdue’s engagement mission. Our engagement efforts span the state, nation, and globe. We aim to be the exemplar for faculty recognition and advancement based on the scholarship of engagement, as well as our awards for emerging faculty, staff, and community partners’ accomplishments. We invite you to explore our engagement programs and stories to gain a deeper understanding of our work and identify opportunities for partnerships that make a difference.

– Steve Abel, Associate Provost for Engagement


Purdue will be the partner of choice for engagement that effectively leverages the university’s resources to advance the economy, education, and quality of life.


To design and lead collaborations that drive innovation, prosperity, and improved quality of life throughout Indiana and beyond.


Purdue University is among a group of elite universities across the country that have been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). This designation recognizes our work with public- and private-sector partners to support economic development. We are pleased to have received APLU’s 2016 award for Innovation and 2019 award for Place as part of their IEP Universities program. In addition, Purdue has earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement. Purdue was also the recipient of a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award in 2014 (the Purdue Kenya Program; College of Pharmacy), 2016 (Star Behavioral Health Providers; the Military Family Research Institute), and 2017 (EPICS). 

Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Connect and collaborate with businesses, communities, and regions to leverage talent, innovation, and resources to address current and emerging real-world issues and opportunities.

  1. Build and strengthen the internal engagement network along with identifying other university and system-wide resources that are available to better understand what our capabilities are in conducting engagement activities. 
  2. Create a system-wide engagement marketing plan to help us tell our story and provide information and awareness to our stakeholders as to the array of resources and capabilities we can provide.
  3. Expand the external engagement network and resources that are available to support engagement with a focus on development opportunities and creating a network of thought leaders and big ideas.

Goal 2: Promote, facilitate and reward faculty and student engagement including the scholarship of engagement as a recognized channel for faculty advancement.

  1. Define the scholarship of engagement that includes examples, providing resources and establishing a peer review process for engagement that is recognized by peers, nationally and beyond.
  2. Promote a culture to support engagement by networking with Associate Deans and regional campuses, establishing incentives along with awards and recognition and creating internal funding support.
  3. Promote engagement through programs system-wide (e.g., NFO, deans, department heads, ADVANCE, post-docs, graduate students).

Goal 3: Identify and deliver innovative programs and strategies to meet the informational, educational, and technical needs of the current and emerging workforce, businesses/industries, and communities/regions.

  1. Undertake continuous assessment of the needs and competitive strengths of the state’s current and emerging workforce; conduct quality/impact analysis to track the outcomes of our engagement work on Indiana and beyond.
  2. Present and support Purdue’s P12 initiatives to help students be college and career ready.
  3. Develop and deliver community and regionally-focused programming to support identified needs across the state of Indiana.