Colleen L. Gabauer

  • Managing Director // Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

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Interdisciplinary Studies // Courtesy Faculty
American Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty

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  • Dr. Colleen L. Gabauer is the Managing Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in The Graduate School and Courtesy Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University. She manages strategic efforts involving the administration and creation of interdisciplinary graduate programs. Prior to coming to Purdue, she worked in admissions at the University of Rochester, where she earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration while focusing her studies on campus politics. She also taught English courses at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Dr. Gabauer is the past president and founder of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (MAGAP). She has also served on a number of committees with the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals including her positions as co-chair of the NAGAP Mentoring Program and as current chair of the Chapter President's Committee. She manages a pre-doctoral training program with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a statewide collaboration of Indiana University, Purdue University, and University of Notre Dame, since 2008. The Indiana CTSI is a member of a national network of 61 CTSA-funded organizations, affiliated with the NIH, across the U.S. Dr. Gabauer has presented at numerous workshops, panels, and conferences including the American Evaluation Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, Translational Science, and others.

    Dr. Gabauer is dedicated to social justice education and hosts both graduate and undergraduate seminar series’ at Purdue University to engage both students and faculty in this area. She has presented nationally on this topic, most specifically, as it relates to recruitment, retention, and mentoring in higher education. She currently teaches Interdisciplinary Scientific Communication (GRAD 60100) and an Independent Study in US Higher Education Administration (AMST 59000) and plans to teach a social justice course.

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