HHS Faculty Engagement Award


Faculty members with at least a half-time appointment in the College of Health and Human Sciences who have not received this award within the past five years

Criteria for Selection

  • Excellence in innovation and demonstrated impact of the engagement activities created and/or implemented.
  • The engagement activity should be consistent with HHS strategic engagement goals.

Application Procedure

  • Candidates may be nominated by any faculty or staff member in the College of Health and Human Sciences or any external organization impacted by the nominee’s engagement activity.  Nominations should focus on accomplishments in the past academic year with respect to engagement.
  • Documentation must not exceed two pages for the nomination (12 pt. font, 1-inch margins).  The nomination should include:
    • A description of how the faculty member’s engagement activity addressed a matter affecting the health, behavior, and quality of life of people.
    • Documentation of scholarly activities related to engagement (i.e., presentations, publications, funding garnered, patents, new courses and programs developed).
  • Maximum of two letters of support, not longer than one page each, with one from an external source that has been impacted and one from a Purdue faculty/staff member.
  • In addition to the documents listed above, please submit complete curriculum vitae.
  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is December 17, 2021.
  • Submit Nomination


The faculty awardee will receive a certificate and $1,000 (before taxes).

Selection Committee

The selection committee will be comprised of two HHS faculty members, one HHS staff member, and the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences or designee.


  • Families Tackling Tough Times Together Team (2021)
  • Laura Schwab Reese, Assistant Professor, Public Health (2020)
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies (2019)
  • Elizabeth Richards, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing (2018)
  • Tamar Greenwell, Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (2017)
  • Mary Lou Poole, Clinical Associate Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (2017)
  • William Harper, Professor of Health and Kinesiology (2016)
  • Christi Masters, Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (2015)
  • Lata Krishnan, Clinical Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (2015)
  • Kip Williams, Professor of Psychological Sciences (2014)

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