November 16, 2020

2022 Outstanding Leadership in Globalization Award winners announced; nominations sought for 2023 recipients

During International Education Week (Nov. 14-18), Purdue’s Office of Global Partnerships and Global Academic Committee have announced the winners of Purdue’s 2022 Outstanding Leadership in Globalization Award.

This year’s two faculty winners are John Sheffield, professor of engineering technology in Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and Andrea DeMaria, associate professor in the Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences and director of Purdue’s Master of Public Health Program. The two staff winners are Kara Hartman, study abroad manager in the College of Agriculture, and Carmen Morrow, senior administrative assistant in the College of Health and Human Sciences’ dean’s office.

These university-level awards are given annually to recognize faculty and staff members for their dedicated efforts to increase Purdue’s global recognition as a leader in higher education either comprehensively or within a specific land-grant mission pillar. Globalization in this context is defined as developing, facilitating and sustaining programs and activities – in partnership with universities, agencies and private-sector constituents outside the United States – that further Purdue’s institutional strategic goals embodied in Purdue's Next Moves. Specifically, the awards recognize exceptional endeavors that involve faculty and/or students from Purdue and international counterparts in learning, discovery and/or engagement.

John Sheffield John Sheffield

John Sheffield, comprehensive award

In support of Sheffield’s nomination for the comprehensive globalization award for learning, discovery and engagement, Haiyan “Henry” Zhang, professor and director of the Center for Technology Development, said: “Dr. Sheffield has developed study abroad programs, Virtual Experiential Intercultural Learning (VEIL) projects, Global Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP), and international student mobility programs for Purdue students with several strategic partner universities, including University of Technology and Engineering in Lima, Peru, and Coventry University in Coventry, England.” Sheffield is best known for his international work related to Green Hydrogen, which earned him a private audience with Pope Francis in 2020.

Andrea DeMaria Andrea DeMaria

Andrea DeMaria, learning award

Amanda Seidl, professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, said of DeMaria: “She is most distinguished for her success in integrating innovative research activities in study abroad programs and involving undergraduate and graduate students in conducting the research. As a result, she and her students have published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals.” Of note, DeMaria has established a partnership between Purdue and Florence University of the Arts, resulting in high-quality applied research experiences for students that are expected to be sustained for many years to come.

Kara Hartman Kara Hartman

Kara Hartman, comprehensive award

In favor of Hartman’s nomination, Gerald Shively, associate dean and director of International Programs in Agriculture, said: “Kara has built upon her own student study abroad experience to infuse passion in others, quadruple our number of international partners, expand student awareness about study abroad, and establish and maintain an annual cadre of 10 returning students who serve as study abroad ambassadors.” As highlighted, Hartman has shown success in many areas within the College of Agriculture, including the successful management of the Mandela Washington Fellows program, a high-impact undertaking for young African leaders.

Carmen Morrow Carmen Morrow

Carmen Morrow, learning award

Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences’ Liping Cai, professor and director of the Purdue Tourism and Hospitality Research Center, commends Morrow: “Carmen’s creativity and participation in intercultural development activities are informed by her multiple roles in the college’s function of diversity and inclusion, which go beyond that of a typical administrative assistant. As part of her success, Morrow single-handedly organized the College of Health and Human Sciences Fair for Study Abroad and Intercultural Learning twice a year pre-pandemic, attended by more than 20 program leaders from across campus and attracting an average of 250-300 students per fair.”

The Office of Global Partnerships and the Global Academic Committee are now accepting faculty and staff nominations for the 2023 Outstanding Leadership in Globalization Awards. For the second year, one faculty and one staff member will receive an award for comprehensive impact relevant to all the academic mission categories of learning, discovery and engagement. In addition, one faculty and one staff member will receive an award for pillar-specific impact relevant to one or more of the three mission categories of learning, discovery and engagement.

These monetary awards are open to all categories of full-time university faculty and staff members. Following the existing procedures for administering faculty and staff awards, each college or unit may submit up to three nominations for each award (i.e., three for faculty and three for staff) by March 3, 2023.

Nomination instructions are available online:

These awards were created to further reinforce the importance of the global outreach undertaken by Purdue faculty and staff. The awards demonstrate the institution’s commitment to Purdue's Next Moves, promoting world-changing research and transformative education for the benefit of the entire Purdue community of faculty, staff and students, as well as stakeholders abroad.

International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. A joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education, the week promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attracts future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences

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