Residential Academic Initiatives, Dr. Mark Wade


What Faculty and Staff are saying:

“I deeply value the mentoring and learning experiences that we foster in Residential Life at Hillenbrand Hall, where many of my students live.  For example, this evening I heard from a student in last year's Statistics Living Learning Community, who just received acceptance to his top choice graduate program.  By working with Residential Academic Initiatives, I can unify the academic and residential aspects of the student experience.  I love to empower students to reach their full potential.”

– Dr. Mark Daniel Ward
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair Department of Statistics, Department of Mathematics

What Students are saying:

“Working with Dr. Gardner through the Faculty Fellow program is wonderful!  I had the privilege of being in one of Dr. Gardner’s courses in my freshman year at Purdue.  Even then, she always made her students feel like they were seen and listened to so I was excited to have her as a Faculty Fellow at Hilltop Apartments.  My residents are always excited to see Dr. Gardner and love trying to beat her at our game nights!  We’ve learned a lot from her through her experiences that she shares and we love seeing her silly side. It’s professors like Dr. Gardner and programs like the Faculty Fellow program that help give Purdue the feel of a small community where you are known and cared for.”

– Sarah Brokovich, student

"Working with Dr. Beaudoin has had such a positive impact on both me and my residents. It is clear how much he enjoys interacting with the residents, and how he truly wants to be by his persistent interaction with my residents on an individual level. He even offers to go knock on their doors and personally invite them to events with me because he wants so badly to build relationships with them all! He would do anything to help the students. He wants to be a part of their personal growth. He always asks about how residents are doing with work, school, and even romantically. Whenever someone tells him about an upcoming date, Dr. Beaudoin is sure to lend some advice and check in about it later. It helps residents realize that professors are not intimidating and they are real people too. Professor Beaudoin often also brings his son Mike to events, and their banter is always a great addition to any event. The faculty fellow program gives students access to a faculty member that helps the students both professionally and socially. Dr. Beaudoin truly cares about each student and by having him as a resource the campus feels a little more like home. He is part of the floor family on Third Street Suites Second floor south. He shows residents he cares and will support them, and even though he has a lot of commitments he never lets this one fall to the wayside. It really is an invaluable service. Working with Dr. Beaudoin has helped my personal growth in countless ways. He was kind enough to provide me with an opportunity to preform research in his lab, and because of this opportunity I now am seriously considering grad school. He also is an invaluable connection for me in my major of Chemical Engineering. I know Dr. Beaudoin will always be there for both my residents and me."

– Kacie Bradfish, student

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