Cori​nne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant ​Mission Award


Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of​ Agriculture, College of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Health and Human Services that are supported by Hatch, Smith-Lever, McIntire-S​​​tennis, and/or Animal Health funding.


Nominations must:
  • Identify the importance of the nominee's contributions to discovery, engagement, and learning;
  • Define how they are integrated; and
  • Describe the value of their integration at the local, regional, national and/or international level. A strong connection between each of the missionHamaker Photo Cropped-Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award.jpg areas and the impact of the faculty member's integrated program must be clearly demonstrated.

Award Va​​lue

In recognition of this award, the recipient will receive $10,000 to support his or her program along with an honorarium of $1500 (less taxes). The award winner is expected to deliver a presentation describing his or her integrated program in the fall following their selection.


Nominators may be department heads, faculty, or staff. Self-nominations also are accepted. A statement of support from the department head of the nominee is strongly encouraged.

 The nomination packet should include:
  • Nomination cover letter that provides justification for the nomination and describes the importance and value of the integrated program.
  • Nomination content in this format: single-spaced, 12-pt-Arial font, 1-inch margins, five-page maximum
    • SUMMARY.  Clearly justify and describe the integrated program including major achievements and impacts.
    • PROGRAM DESCRIPTION.  Describe the integrated program and identify how the core mission areas are specifically integrated.
    • PROGRAM IMPACT.  List major contributions (significant outreach projects initiated, key research findings, outstanding teaching, international collaborations, etc.), and briefly describe their significance.  What differences have the nominee's program made?  How does the program impact citizens in Indiana, nationally, and/or internationally?  What funding and scholarly activities have resulted from the integrated program?
    • ​PROGRAM PARTNERSHIPS.  Describe what partnerships were formed with other academic institutions, with industry groups, with government groups, to help make the integrated program successful.
  • Supplementary information
    • NOMINEE'S CV (limited to 2 single-spaced pages,) that includes the following:
      • Academic record (educational background)
      • Faculty appointments (rank, date)
      • Membership in professional societies and organizations
      • Service on state, regional, national and international panels, advisory and editorial boards, etc.
      • Awards and honors received
      • List of significant publications related to the award nomination that include:
        1. Refereed journal papers
        2. Extension publications
        3. Other technical publications, including published proceedings
        4. Books and book chapters
        5. Published abstracts
        6. Invitational papers presented
        7. Electronic media
      • Grants and contracts related to the award application
      • Students and post-doctorates advised
    • SUPPORTING LETTERS.  Three supporting letters (excluding the nomination letter), including at least two from outside Purdue University. These should address how the person’s integrated program positively impacts his/her field or discipline. 

Applications should be arranged and submitted in the following order:

  • Nomination cover letter
  • Nomination content (5-page limit)
  • Nominee's CV (2-page limit)
  • Supporting letters  

Evaluation and Selection of the Award Winner

Nominees will be evaluated and the award recipient selected by an evaluation committee comprised of faculty from the three colleges. The selection committee considers each nominee’s achievements and accomplishments in discovery, engagement, and learning. Nominations are ranked based on the criteria described above with the most important element being integrated programmatic impact.

Past Recipients

  • 2020  -  Dr. Bruce Hamaker, Food Science
  • 2019  -  Dr. Haley Oliver, Food Science
  • 2018  -  Dr. Douglass Jacobs, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • 2017  -  Dr. Maria Marshall, Agricultural Economics
  • 2016  -  Dr. Linda Prokopy, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • 2014  -  Dr. Kevin Keener, Food Science
  • 2013  -  Dr. Ron Turco, Agronomy
  • 2012  -  Dr. Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science
  • 2011  -  Dr. Brad Joern​, Agronomy
  • 2010  -  Dr. Sylvie Brouder, Agronomy
  • 2009  -  Dr. Bill Field, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • 2008  -  Dr. Alan Sutton, Animal Science
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