January 19, 2018
Oakes, Salisbury named 150th Anniversary Professors
William (Bill) Oakes, professor of engineering education and director of EPICS, and Kathleen Salisbury, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of small animal surgery, have been named 150th Anniversary Professors by the Office of the Provost to recognize their excellence in teaching at Purdue.
Ten faculty will be named as inaugural 150th Anniversary Professors to coincide with the upcoming 150th anniversary of Purdue. Faculty who receive the new designation will receive an annual discretionary allocation of $25,000.
“These newly named professorships bring great distinction to the faculty who have earned the title and shine a bright light on the importance of teaching at Purdue,” says Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity.
Oakes is a national and international leader in service learning. As director of EPICS, a service-learning design program that allows students to partner with local and global community organizations, he oversaw the expansion of this model of engineering engagement to approximately 20 nations. Oakes is a three-time recipient of the A.A. Potter Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Engineering and the Best Teacher Award in First-Year Engineering. He is also the four-time recipient of the Learning Community Advocate Award. Oakes has earned national recognition for his work, including the American Society for Engineering Education's C.F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, the National Society of Professional Engineers' Education Excellence Award, and the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning.
“What Professor Oakes does goes beyond teaching; it is something I call life leadership,” said a former student.
Salisbury has developed national and international veterinary curriculum and specialist training, and has been involved in every major curriculum revision in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She has won 18 college teaching awards over the span of her career including the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Career Teaching Award, Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award and Weedon Faculty Recognition Award. She is a recipient of the national Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. Salisbury is a member of Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers, a charter member of the Teaching Academy and an Honored Mentor for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Foundation.
Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, head and professor of veterinary clinical sciences, said of Salisbury, “Her one all-encompassing passion has been the art and science of teaching and learning.”
The principal criteria for selection as a 150th Anniversary Professor included:
* Development or transformation of courses and/or curricula.
* Receipt of Purdue teaching awards at the department/school, college and university level (i.e., Murphy Award or election to the Teaching Academy).
* History of outstanding teaching evaluations from faculty peers, students and/or alumni.
Other considerations included mentoring and contributing to the academic, career and personal development of students within and outside the classroom, as evidenced by one or more the following:
* History of outstanding mentoring evaluations from faculty peers, students or alumni
* Receipt of unit, college or university awards for student mentoring.
* Sustained involvement as an advisor or mentor to student organizations (e.g., academic clubs, university clubs, club sports, student initiatives).The 150th Anniversary Professors were selected by a committee of 13 senior faculty who are distinguished and named professors, winners of the Murphy Award, and members of the Teaching Academy. The inaugural 150th Anniversary Professorships will be funded by the Provost’s Office until donors are found to endow these named professorships.