The College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) honors outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni for their sustained excellence in the classroom and beyond. From recognizing innovative projects that positively impact communities to honoring exceptional leadership and accomplishments, individuals in HHS receive a variety of awards each year across the department, college and university levels.

Faculty Awards

Purdue University Teaching Awards

Book of Great Teachers Award

Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers Award honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom.

Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Purdue’s Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award honors faculty members for outstanding undergraduate teaching on the West Lafayette campus. Recipients receive a plaque, a $10,000 award and a $5,000 professional expenditure account. 

Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award

Purdue’s Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award honors faculty members for outstanding undergraduate teaching on the West Lafayette campus. Recipients will receive a plaque and a $5,000 award.

Class of 1922 Outstanding Innovation in Helping Students Learn Award

This award honors a faculty member, graduate student or administrative professional staff member who has improved students’ educational experiences. Specifically, it promotes innovative teaching practices that contribute to improved learning.


Learn more information about these HHS and Purdue teaching awards, including past HHS recipients and details about how to apply.

HHS Teaching Awards

Jane S. Link Outstanding Teaching Award

This award honors HHS faculty members for outstanding teaching performance in all phases of the University’s undergraduate instruction on the West Lafayette campus. Award recipients receive a cash award of $1,000.

Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award

This award provides up to $2,500 for one year to individual HHS faculty or small groups of faculty for a wide variety of innovative projects, including but not limited to the design of new courses, the development of new models for teaching existing courses, the creation of new curricula and the purchase of equipment to enrich students’ learning in a course or set of courses. 

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

This award honors HHS faculty for sustained and significant contributions to the college’s graduate programs.

Outstanding Online Education Award

The Outstanding Online Education Award annually recognizes an outstanding HHS faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in online education through significant contributions to their program, unit or the college. Recipients receive a $1,000 cash award and plaque.

Department/School Teaching Awards

School of Health Sciences

HSCI Robert R. Landolt Excellence in Teaching Award

Deadline: February 7, 2022  11:59 PM

Submission: Please submit nomination letter online. Contact Helen Terrell if you have any questions.

Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award

This award is presented annually to a woman on the faculty of the College of Health and Human Sciences who is interested in developing her leadership skills. The award provides up to $4,000 to cover the cost of participation in courses, conferences, workshops, institutes or other leadership opportunities that promote the development of future faculty leaders.

HHS Research Awards

Early Career Research Achievement Award

This award recognizes research that goes beyond the candidate’s dissertation and demonstrates clear scientific/scholarly contributions as a result of work completed while a Purdue faculty member. Candidates should have demonstrated impact in their field and national recognition for their work. 

HHS deadline: nominations are due at 5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2022.   

Find more information about the Early Career Research Achievement Award

Career Research Achievement Award

This award recognizes HHS faculty members who have made strong scientific/scholarly contributions as a result of work performed as a Purdue faculty member. Candidates should have demonstrated a sustained and significant impact in their field and national and international recognition for their work.

HHS deadline: nominations are due at 5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2022.      

Find more information about the Career Research Achievement Award.

Faculty Engagement Award

This award recognizes HHS faculty members for excellence in innovation and demonstrated impact of the engagement activities they have created and/or implemented. Faculty awardees receive a certificate and $1,000 (before taxes). The selection committee will be comprised of two HHS faculty members, one HHS staff member, and the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences or designee.

Eligibility

Faculty members with at least a half-time appointment in the College of Health and Human Sciences who have not received this award within the past five years

Criteria for Selection

  • Excellence in innovation and demonstrated impact of the engagement activities created and/or implemented.
  • The engagement activity should be consistent with HHS strategic engagement goals.

Application Procedure

  • Candidates may be nominated by any faculty or staff member in the College of Health and Human Sciences or any external organization impacted by the nominee’s engagement activity.  Nominations should focus on accomplishments in the past academic year with respect to engagement.
  • Documentation must not exceed two pages for the nomination (12 pt. font, 1-inch margins).  The nomination should include:
    • A description of how the faculty member’s engagement activity addressed a matter affecting the health, behavior, and quality of life of people.
    • Documentation of scholarly activities related to engagement (i.e., presentations, publications, funding garnered, patents, new courses and programs developed).
  • Maximum of two letters of support, not longer than one page each, with one from an external source that has been impacted and one from a Purdue faculty/staff member.
  • In addition to the documents listed above, please submit complete curriculum vitae.
  • The application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year is December 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm Eastern.
Submit Application

Staff Awards

Staff Engagement Award

This award honors staff members for excellence in innovation and demonstrated impact of the engagement activities they have created and/or implemented. Staff awardees receive a certificate and $500 (before taxes). The selection committee will be comprised of two HHS faculty members, one HHS staff member, and the dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences or designee.

Eligibility

Staff members in the College of Health and Human Sciences who have not received this award within the past five years are eligible.

Criteria for Selection

  • Excellence in innovation and demonstrated impact of the engagement activities created and/or implemented.
  • The engagement activity should be consistent with HHS strategic engagement goals.

Application Procedure

  • Candidates may be nominated by any faculty or staff member in the College of Health and Human Sciences or any external organization impacted by the nominee’s engagement activity. Nominations should focus on accomplishments in the past academic year with respect to engagement.
  • Documentation must not exceed two pages for the nomination (12 pt. font, 1-inch margins). The nomination should include:
    • A description of how the staff member’s engagement activity addressed a matter affecting the health, behavior, and quality of life of people.
    • Documentation of scholarly and/or community service activities related to engagement (i.e., presentations, publications, funding garnered, patents, new courses and programs developed, volunteer commitments).
  • Maximum of two letters of support, not longer than one page each, with one from an external source that has been impacted and one from a Purdue faculty/staff member.
  • In addition to the documents listed above, please submit a complete resume.
  • The application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year is December 16, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Submit Application

Shining Star Award

This award recognizes full- or part-time A/P, clerical or service staff members who demonstrate outstanding customer service, initiative, dependability and a positive attitude in the College of Health and Human Sciences and the University. Awardees receive an acrylic star and a $100 gift certificate of their choice. Members of the selection committee will be comprised of three members from the HHS Professional Recognition Program Committee and one member designated by the dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The selection committee will serve a one-year term starting on Oct. 1.

Eligibility

  • Full or part time A/P, clerical or service staff member.
  • Employed for 24 consecutive months or longer in the College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Has not received the award within the past 24 months.

Criteria for Selection

  • Demonstrates initiative within the department/Purdue.
  • Promotes a welcoming and positive environment for all internal and external customers.
  • Consistently performs assigned duties at an exceptional level, goes above and beyond the normal expectations and volunteers for additional assignments.
  • Maintains a professional manner and serves as a role model for other staff.
  • Has a positive attitude even under the most difficult of circumstances.

Application Procedure

Candidates may be nominated by any faculty or staff member in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The application deadline is December 16, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Submit Nomination

Study Abroad Leadership Award

This award recognizes an HHS faculty or staff member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and innovation in promoting, developing and implementing one or more study abroad programs for HHS students. Candidates may be nominated by HHS faculty or staff member or by a student who has participated in a program led by the nominee.

Learn more about the Study Abroad Leadership Award.

HHS Undergraduate Student Awards

Outstanding Senior Award

Outstanding Seniors are nominated and chosen by representatives of their respective academic unit. Selection is based on accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, professionalism, leadership and service to others.

View HHS Outstanding Senior videos.

HHS Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Student Development Funding Opportunity

HHS Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

This award is given to HHS graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional undergraduate teaching. For more information, contact your department’s graduate coordinator.

HHS Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

This annual award recognizes an HHS PhD student who has exhibited outstanding scholarly activities, service to their department and the college and research excellence that indicates promise for a productive career in their field. Recipients are awarded $1,000. For more information, contact your department’s graduate coordinator. 

HHS Outstanding Master’s Student Award

This annual award recognizes HHS master’s students who have exhibited outstanding scholarly activities, service to their department and the college and research excellence that indicates promise for a productive career in their field. Recipients are awarded $500. For more information, contact your department’s graduate coordinator.

HHS Compton Graduate Student Research Travel Award

This award supports HHS graduate students who are selected to present research findings in a poster or oral format at a regional, national or international conference. Alternatively, this award can be used by graduate students who want to attend training in research methods that will enhance their dissertation research beyond the courses offered at Purdue University or want to attend a workshop/conference focused on professional development. The award is open to HHS master’s or doctoral students who are involved in research under the guidance of HHS faculty. Recipients receive an award to cover up to $500 of travel expenses. For more information, contact your department’s graduate coordinator.

Purdue Graduate School Awards

University Graduate Teaching Awards

Graduate Grant Submission Bonus

Many HHS departments and schools also offer graduate student awards. For a complete list of available awards, visit your department’s or school’s webpage.

HHS Alumni Awards

HHS Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award honors the significant professional accomplishments, career advancements and long-term leadership of HHS alumni who have worked in their chosen profession for 10 or more years.

Distinguished Service Award

This award honors demonstrated leadership in the community through the development of or significant contributions to private or public programs that improve or enhance quality of life for individuals, families and/or communities.

Early Career Achievement Award

This award recognizes the achievements of HHS alumni who have attained outstanding career development — either through traditional channels or innovative approaches — and who have worked in their chosen profession for 10 years or fewer. The recipient may also demonstrate involvement in professional organizations, a college alumni association or community activities. 

Learn more about HHS alumni awards, including application processes.

Department/School Alumni Awards

Health Sciences

HSCI John E. Christian Distinguished Alumnus Award

Professor Christian held many offices and won many honors in professional and academic groups. He made major contributions to undergraduate education, literature, and research, for which he earned international recognition.   Of even greater and more lasting significance are his contributions to graduate education in various areas. They include radionuclide applications, health physics, environmental toxicology, environmental assessment, environmental and occupational safety and health, environmental biology and ecology, and various areas of pharmacy.  Upon his retirement June 30, 1998, graduate student alumni, faculty, colleagues, and other friends of Professor Christian contributed   to an endowment fund, The John E. Christian Recognition Fund. The net income from this fund is used to honor a distinguished alumnus each year. Alumni to be honored are selected from the areas of pharmacy, bionucleonics, and health sciences. Candidates for this award are reviewed by the HSCI Awards Committee and a nominating committee composed of distinguished alumni and emeritus faculty.   

HSCI Young Alumni Award

Nomination package:

  1. Letter of nomination;
  2. The nominee’s CV.

Deadline: February 7, 2022  11:59 PM

Submission: Please submit the above documents online. Contact Helen Terrell if you have any questions (hterrell@purdue.edu; 765-494-8102). 

Hospitality and Tourism Management

HTM Hall of Fame

The White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), the HTM Strategic Alliance Council, and the HTM Hall of Fame Committee will begin to solicit nominations for future members of the HTM Hall of Fame in the fall semester. The process will be an ongoing and nominations may be accepted at any time. However, to be considered for a certain year, all nominations must be received no later than November 1st. Those individuals who are nominated and are not chosen as an inductee can be further considered the following year.

Nominating

The head HTM shall receive a letter of nomination from any individual indicating the nominee’s contributions to Purdue, HTM, and the hospitality industry. The individual nominating the person can also ask other individuals for supporting letters and can ask the nominee for information such as a resume to further support their case.

The Process & Categories

All nominations will be reviewed by the head after November 1 of each year. The committee will have an opportunity to review letters of nomination and to ask questions regarding each nominee. Members of the committee can also solicit additional information on each nominee upon request. The committee will decide if the person shall be eligible for the Legacy Category, the Distinguished Alumni Category, or the Young Alumni Category.

Legacy

These individuals do not have to be Purdue Alumni but who have made a significant contribution to HTM or to the hospitality industry.

Distinguished Alumni

These individuals are HTM Alums who have made significant contribution to HTM or to the hospitality industry.

Young Alumni

These individuals are HTM Alums who have graduated less than 15 years ago and have been successful in our industry and contributed to HTM or to the hospitality industry. 

The committee will then decide on which individuals shall be put before the committee for a vote. There will be no limit to the number of people who can be nominated and no limit to the number of individuals who can be put on the ballot. However, the committee will strive to keep the number of new inductees at a level of four after the first few years of operation. The voting will be completed no later than December 1 of each year. 

Upon being chosen to enter the HTM Hall of Fame, individuals shall receive a letter from the Head of the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) notifying them of this honor and inviting them to the HTM Annual Black Tie Dinner where they shall receive their award. 

Ceridwyn King
Head, White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality