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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - October 2021

By Mary Jane Chew

Provost’s office announces creation of a classroom master plan

To support the University’s world-class educational environment, enrollment growth, and the Purdue Next Moves Transformative Education 2.0 Initiative, the Office of the Provost is embarking on a campus-wide classroom master plan.

 “Instructional delivery at Purdue is evolving and therefore our physical space must adapt to meet the demand for innovative teaching strategies,” said Jenna Rickus, vice provost for teaching and learning.  “All classrooms, new or renovated, will need to support the learning styles of students and the emerging innovations of our instructors.”

The project is a collaboration between the Office of the Provost and Physical Facilities. 

“This master planning effort will have a broad and lasting impact on the West Lafayette campus—functional, flexible and innovative instructional spaces are of paramount importance to Purdue’s continued success,” said Michael Gulich, senior director of campus panning, architecture and sustainability and university architect. “We’re excited to be partnering with the Provost’s Office and the advisory committee to help guide this process and ensure alignment with other campus master planning activities.”

A campus advisory committee will help guide the process. Committee members are:

  • Ed Berger, associate vice provost for learning innovation, director of the Innovation Hub, the Innovation College
  • Tom Berndt, senior associate dean for academic affairs and administration, College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Natasha Duncan, associate dean for academic and international affairs, Honors College
  • Joel Ebarb, executive associate dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Robert Frosch, senior associate dean of facilities, College of Engineering
  • Stephanie Gardner, associate professor of biology, College of Science
  • Erla Heyns, associate dean for learning, Libraries and School of Information Studies
  • Kim Illingworth, assistant dean for learning and assessment, associate professor of pharmacy practice, College of Pharmacy
  • Shannon Kang, president, Purdue Student Government
  • Dawn Laux, clinical associate professor and associate department head, computer and information technology, Purdue Polytechnic
  • Madelina Nuñez, president, Purdue Graduate Student Government 2020-2022
  • Alice Pawley, professor engineering education and member, University Senate
  • Kathy Salisbury, associate dean for academic affairs, 150th Anniversary Professor, small animal surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Charlene Sullivan, associate dean of undergraduate programs, associate professor of management finance, Krannert School of Management
  • Christine Wilson, associate dean for academic programs, professor of agricultural economics, College of Agriculture
  • Wayne Wright, associate dean for research, graduate programs and faculty development and the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language, College of Education

The national search to find a firm to lead the information-gathering portion of the initiative was implemented this past summer.  After thorough vetting, Ayers Saint Gross was selected from a diverse group of highly qualified providers. 

Organizers say there will be ways for faculty, staff and others to engage with the advisory committee and the team from Ayers Saint Gross through stakeholder meetings, digital surveys, and presentations. The classroom master planning effort is underway  and is expected to conclude in the summer of 2022.