Teaching and Learning News

Meet the new Teaching and Learning leaders helping to launch Purdue University in Indianapolis

Published: June 25, 2024

Below are short profiles introducing several new staff members who play pivotal roles in supporting student success and instruction at Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Staff, faculty invited to on-campus presentations by finalists for Career Success senior director role

Published: June 3, 2024

Three finalists for the position of senior director, Career Success, will be on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus for interviews and public presentations during the week of June 10.

Frank Robinson appointed director of advising for Purdue University in Indianapolis

Published: May 20, 2024

Frank Robinson and the rest of the advisors for Purdue’s Indianapolis campus have spent the last several months helping former IUPUI students transition and preparing for the incoming freshman class. Robinson, the new director of advising for the Indianapolis campus, says that amidst change, he sees exciting opportunities.

Purdue student Shelby Sliger awarded Goldwater Scholarship for her dedication to undergraduate research in biochemistry

Published: April 29, 2024

Shelby Sliger, a biochemistry student in the College of Agriculture and John Martinson Honors College, has recently been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Goldwater Scholars apply as college sophomores and juniors and pursue careers researching natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, and conducting crucial research for national defense, medicine and academia.

Allison Boyd becomes national Truman Scholar, paving a remarkable path toward public service and aerospace leadership career

Published: April 15, 2024

Allison Boyd, a first-generation college student in the Polytechnic Institute majoring in aeronautical engineering technology and who strives to make the aerospace industry a more accessible career path, has received the highly prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Truman Scholars demonstrate leadership, academic excellence and a commitment to public service.

Purdue community invited to April 12 Festival of Teaching and Learning, part of open house celebrating John Martinson Honors College 10th anniversary

Published: April 4, 2024

As part of an ongoing series of events celebrating its 10th anniversary, the John Martinson Honors College (JMHC) will host an open house to showcase the extraordinary work being done by students and instructors in the college.

Purdue student Charlotte Yeung makes global impact as Boren Scholar

Published: March 21, 2024

Charlotte Yeung, a student in the John Martinson Honors College and College of Liberal Arts, is one of two recent Purdue students to receive the prestigious Boren Scholarship, and she is currently using the scholarship to continue her humanitarian work at Waseda University in Tokyo.

Boren Scholar Sophia Flores: Using study abroad to emphasize the importance of communicating wildlife needs on an international scale

Published: March 21, 2024

Sophia Flores, a student studying wildlife in the College of Agriculture, is one of two recent Purdue students to receive the prestigious Boren Scholarship. Flores used the scholarship to perform research in Tanzania to further her career advocating for wildlife.

Udall Scholarship recipient Griffin Laihinen: spotlighting leadership, service and commitment

Published: March 21, 2024

Griffin Laihinen is a senior at Purdue who is passionate about addressing issues of sustainability. His active approach to his work earned him the prestigious Udall Scholarship, awarded for exceptional leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment. The Udall Scholarship also includes an award category for students with Tribal affiliation who are committed to Native healthcare or Tribal public policy.

The Data Mine Symposium: Highlighting the research Data Mine students have conducted with their corporate partners

Published: March 13, 2024

The Data Mine Corporate Partners Symposium gives student project teams a chance to present their applied project work with industry partners through an interactive poster session and the Purdue community is invited to attend. The event will occur from 4-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at the France A. Cordóva Recreational Center in Gyms 1, 2 and 3.

Purdue’s Teaching Academy hosts open house to strengthen relationships, provide support for Indianapolis faculty

Published: March 7, 2024

Although he felt uncertain at the outset, associate professor Christian Rogers says he has received an outpouring of support during the transition to working with Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Purdue hires Leslie Miller to enhance accessibility support for instructors

Published: Feb. 19, 2024

Over the last 10 years, Purdue has seen a steady rise in the number of students with disabilities requiring accommodations, reflecting a national trend. While this growth contributes to the diversity of the campus community, it also highlights the importance of adapting support systems to meet the evolving needs of students.

Nominations sought for the Sandra K. Monroe Excellence in Student Services Award

Published: Feb. 14, 2024

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Sandra K. Monroe award. This award is given annually to one student-facing professional for their policy advocacy and/or exemplary service to students. Evidence of the breadth and depth of impact will be considered in the selection process.

Purdue community invited to Fulbright information sessions including Scholar Program session on Friday, Feb. 23 for faculty

Published: Feb. 12, 2024

The Purdue community is invited to attend a variety of in-person and virtual sessions during Fulbright Week, which takes place Feb. 19-23. Attendees will learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides students with a fully funded post-baccalaureate year to study, research or teach abroad.

Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) hires ‘instructor advocate’ Tracey Birdwell to support faculty at Purdue University in Indianapolis

Published: February 8, 2024

New hire Tracey Birdwell has spent a significant portion of her career in teaching roles, holding positions at various universities and centers for teaching and learning. In her new role as assistant director for faculty support at Purdue University’s Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), Birdwell is focused on supporting instructors leading up to the July launch of Purdue University in Indianapolis and beyond.

Introducing Lela Mixon, new director of Purdue’s Office of Summer and Winter Sessions

Published: February 2, 2024

Lela Mixon has always been drawn to roles that focus on having a positive impact on student experiences. In her new role as director of Purdue’s Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, she’s looking forward to leveraging a rich blend of experiences from developing new programs, providing alternative pathways and supporting student success.

Purdue senior named Churchill Scholar, will join elite students from across U.S. in yearlong Master’s program at Cambridge University

Published: January 31, 2024

Purdue senior Sydney Hummel recently was named a Churchill Scholar, a prestigious program that will fund her Master’s degree in medical sciences at University of Cambridge after she graduates. Hummel, who is studying chemical engineering at Purdue, worked closely with Purdue’s National and International Scholarships Office (NISO) to develop her scholarship application.

Meet Chris Krull, inaugural director of Teaching and Learning Programs at Purdue in Indianapolis

Published: November 16, 2023

Before Chris Krull transitioned to a career in academia in 2005, she worked as a human resources consultant specializing in helping people take their next steps. That theme persisted when she started teaching at IUPUI as an adjunct faculty member, later joining the school full-time through a grant and focusing on competency-based education and an HR management certificate program.

Students warm up to the idea of winter classes, with help from new Winter Session manager

Published: November 1, 2023

This year, Purdue welcomed John Race as the Winter Session manager for the university’s inaugural winter semester. He previously worked with student transitional programs and marketing at other higher education institutions and is now excited to take on this new and innovative program geared toward helping Purdue students earn their degrees sooner by taking classes at different times of the year.

Purdue launches ‘World Readiness’ program, names Jennifer Dobbs-Oates as organization’s inaugural associate vice provost

Published: October 31, 2023

When members of the Boyer 2030 Commission issued an updated report last year about advancing equity, student success and excellence in higher education, they opened their recommendations with “World Readiness for All.” World readiness, they wrote, broadens the scope from preparing students for their first post-college job to preparing students for citizenship, life and work throughout their lifetimes...

Purdue celebrates Teaching Excellence, inducts 38 instructors into Book of Great Teachers

Published: September 27, 2023

Purdue inducted 38 instructors into its Book of Great Teachers, which honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom. Held every five years, the induction ceremony took place Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom.

Purdue alumni have increased earning potential, 97% secure professional opportunities within six months of graduating

Published: June 28, 2023

Each year, the Center for Career Opportunities surveys professional and bachelor’s degree recipients to learn about their employment status six months after graduation. In 2022, more than 97% of recent grads who responded to the survey had secured professional opportunities, and those who were employed increased their average salary by more than 9.5%.

Transformative Education 2.0: New degree-planning tool will offer students real-time ‘smart’ degree plans

Published: April 20, 2023

Getting student degree plans out of the backpack and into a flexible, accessible digital planning tool will soon be a reality thanks to the implementation of EduNav. The new tool will be piloted with select groups this fall as part of Transformative Education 2.0, one of Purdue’s Next Moves.

Classroom renovations signal continued progress for Transformative Education 2.0

Published: April 3, 2023

The Classroom Master Plan was endorsed and funded last fall by the Board of Trustees and is aimed at improving overall classroom quality, supporting enrollment growth and enhancing space to better support active learning and interaction between Purdue instructors and students.

Teaching Strategies Related to AI and Student Learning

Published: March 31, 2023

All Purdue West Lafayette instructors, teaching assistants, staff, and students are invited to join the Teaching and Learning Community of Practice (TLCoP) online for the final conversation this semester on artificial intelligence (AI) tools and their effect on teaching and learning at PWL.

Purdue changes academic regulations language to ‘academic notice’

Published: March 22, 2023

Purdue students who fall below a 2.0 grade point average will no longer be “on academic probation” – instead, they’ll be on “academic notice,” thanks to a change in academic regulations language recently approved by Purdue’s University Senate.

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