Dean's Initiatives


Aspire addresses the importance of the scholarship of our faculty to enhance institutional excellence and to promote all areas of intellectual inquiry. Funding will support expenses related to scholarship and creative activity both domestically and internationally. We are committed to championing CLA faculty research. The Provost has allotted $500,000 annually for ASPIRE in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Learn More


Innovate supports an energized commitment to undergraduate education. The Innovate Fund provides funding to faculty members to develop new, forward-looking majors, minors, and certificates in its undergraduate programs as well as polishing and improving established programs and curricula. During 2015-16, the fund will distribute up to $300,000 for bold, new ideas that transform course offerings, fuel meaningful innovation across the curriculum, and enhance the student experience. Learn More


Fall 2015 the College will launch a new resource for researchers in the Social Sciences. The BRASS (Boiler Research Analysis for Social Sciences) server will provide access to a number of statistical software packages and tools for Purdue researchers without any fees. Running on a secure and scalable server environment, this platform can grow to meet evolving needs. In the near future, the platform will also provide some commonly available data sets. Learn More


Job-Ready addresses the need for practical, on-the-job experience alongside strong academic preparation. To make unpaid and low-paid internship opportunities a viable option for more students, the College will provide awards of up to $2,000 for students who choose to pursue such opportunities. The Dean has made $50,000 in gift funds available for Job-Ready in 2016. Learn More

Update: Job Ready has expended all of its funds for 2016-17, and the application process is closed.


Promoting Research Opportunities to Maximize Innovation and Scholarly Excellence (PROMISE) Awards enhance graduate student education by empowering research and creative activity in the liberal arts. Support will take the form of awards for domestic research and conferences as well as international research and travel. The Dean has allocated $100,000 to invest in this program for the current academic year. Learn More

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