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 to address agricultural problems and issues at the local, regional, national or international level. A strong connection between each of the mission areas and the impact of the integrated programs must be clearly demonstrated.

Award Value

One annual winner receives an engraved plaque and $10,000 to support his or her integrated agriculture program. The award winner is expected to deliver a presentation describing his or her integrated program in the fall.


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:

1.   Nomination cover letter that provides justification for the nomination and describes the importance and value of the integrated program. 

2.   Nomination content in this format: single-spaced, 12-pt-Arial font, 1-inch margins, five-page maximum

       a.   Summary (no more than 350 words). Clearly justify and describe the integrated program including major achievements and impacts.

       b.   Program justification (1/2 to 1 page). Describe why there was a need to develop the integrated program and what problems/issues were being addressed.

       c.   Program description (1 to 2 pages). Describe the integrated program and identify how the core mission areas are specifically integrated.

       d.   Program impact (1-1/2 to 3 pages). List major contributions (significant outreach projects initiated, key research findings, outstanding teaching, international collaborations, etc.), and briefly describe their significance and career contributions. Describe what benefits have developed because of the integrated program. 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?

       e.   Program partnerships (no more than 1/2 page). Describe what partnerships were formed with other academic institutions, with industry groups, with government groups, or with other groups to help make the integrated program successful.

3.   Supplementary information

      a.   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:

            –    Refereed journal papers

            –    Extension publications

            –    Other technical publications, including published proceedings

            –    Books and book chapters

            –    Published abstracts

            –    Invitational papers presented

            –    Electronic media

            –    Grants and contracts related to the award application

            –    Students and post-doctorates advised

       b.   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

A committee of faculty from the three colleges evaluates the nominees and selects the award recipients. The chair of the selection committee, in consultation with its members, develops guidelines for its operation. The selection committee considers each nominee’s achievement and total performance through excellence 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

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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