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Phone: 765-494-2931


Young Hall, room 724
155 S. Grant St.
W Lafayette, IN 47907

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Jennifer Dobbs-Oates

Clinical Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Director, Office of Experiential Education
Teaching Academy Fellow

Areas of Expertise

  • experiential education (e.g., service-learning, internships, etc.)
  • reflection in higher education
  • early childhood education and development

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness

Department of Human Development and Family Science Research Area(s)

  • Early Childhood Education and Care


My research interests bridge the disciplines of psychology and education, and initially focused on the learning and behavior of preschool-aged children. My focus now is on work that examines university teaching and learning. I am particularly interested in experiential education practices – pedagogical approaches that get students actively involved in authentic learning experiences in the classroom and beyond. My research, writing, and teaching focus on using these practices to continuously improve the value of education. I place great value on access and equity across all levels of education, and I strive to contribute to inclusive and equitable educational practices and policies.

Beyond Purdue, I serve on the Board of Directors of the Society for Experiential Education. I received the Experiential Education Rising Leader Award from the Society in 2019.


Not accepting graduate student applications


  • PhD, 2006, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • MS, 2002, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • BA, 2000, Purdue University
  • Experiential Education Academy, 2018, National Society for Experiential Education


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • ADVANCE-Purdue training
  • Recovery Ally
  • Safe Zone
  • Green Zone
  • Inclusive Excellence Initiative (formerly Purdue Institute for Racial Equity)

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Purdue University - 2022
  • Seed for Success Award, Purdue University - 2020
  • Experiential Education Rising Leader Award, National Society for Experiential Education - 2019
  • Diversity Award, Indiana Extension Educators Association - 2015
  • Jane S. Link Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University - 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Career Relevance Steering Group (2020)
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Transfer Single Articulation Pathway, Co-chair of Human Services Panel (2016-17)
  • National Society for Experiential Education, Board of Directors (2020-present)
  • Ivy Tech Community College, Advisory Board for the Human Services Program (2011-2021)

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