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Steve Abel

Associate Provost for Engagement

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Assistant: Julie Gibbs


Assistant: Lisa Duncan

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Steve Abel

Associate Provost of Engagement

Steve Abel was named associate provost for engagement, Purdue University in January 2016. Prior to his appointment he served as associate vice president for engagement (2014-2016), associate vice provost for faculty affairs, Purdue University (2012-2014) and held various positions within the Purdue University College of Pharmacy including assistant/associate dean for clinical programs, Head, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Bucke Professor of Pharmacy Practice (1996-2014). Steve received his B.S. (Pharmacy) and PharmD degrees from Purdue University and completed residency training at Mayo Medical Center. He completed an Academic Leadership Fellowship through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in 2007-2008, and an inaugural Purdue University provost fellowship focused on faculty affairs in 2009-2010. Steve is passionate about student education, faculty/leadership development, mentorship and community engagement.

His research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of progressive pharmacy services, student enhancement of pharmacy practice, patient safety and inter-professional collaborative strategies to improve the medication use process in any setting. Steve developed the only fully immersive USP 797 compliant virtual cleanroom (based on video game technology) used for student education. He led the team that implemented international collaboration between the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. The Purdue-Kenya program, the most comprehensive international initiative associated within a college/school of pharmacy in the U.S., is currently sustained by two full-time faculty members in Kenya.

Throughout his career, Steve has been an advocate for the advancement of post-PharmD training in Indiana. Since 1980 he has facilitated the growth of postgraduate training opportunities (residencies, fellowships) from one position to over 70. Steve has also been a strong advocate for partnerships supporting engagement, education and discovery throughout the State of Indiana. Steve has a history of active service in various pharmaceutical organizations including the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and International Pharmaceutical Federation.