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Jennifer Bay

Promoted to Professor

Department of English

Jennifer Bay completed a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English at Virginia Tech. She joined the Purdue faculty in 2002.

Bay is a specialist in the scholarship of engagement, which includes research on non-profit community organizations, service-learning, and internships. Her work with emergency food outlets, archives, administration, and internships stems from a philosophy that faculty knowledge should engage with and increase the quality of life for local and global communities.

Bay is the Director of Professional Writing at Purdue and has directed the internship program for 19 years. She grounds her teaching in service-learning and engagement, asking students to work with community partners to achieve course outcomes. Bay developed an innovative graduate seminar to advance this commitment to experiential learning by training graduate students to develop reciprocal community partnerships in the courses they teach.

She serves as the editor of the Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement and has been recognized with the 2020 Purdue Faculty Engaged Scholar Award and the 2020 Jefferson Award for Multiplying Good.