Residential Academic Initiatives, a program in University Residences, has granted a number of awards to faculty, graduate teachers and staff who have provided excellent service teaching or mentoring in the Learning Communities or Faculty Fellows programs during the 2019-20 academic year.
Residential Academic Initiatives is a division of University Residences that helps instructors design, plan and implement educational events outside of their classrooms. RAI also facilitates a number of programs that provide learning and community building opportunities, including Learning Communities and Faculty Fellows.
Learning communities are groups of 20-30 students who attend several classes together and live in the same residence hall. Instructors teaching the common courses are tasked with leading events and excursions that extend course materials beyond the classroom and facilitate a sense of community. More than 3,300 Purdue students live in these communities.
The Faculty Fellows program aims to connect faculty, staff and residential students in meaningful