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Dr. Jason Ware

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Engaged Scholar Development

Jason Ware


Jason earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Jason's teaching, research, and engagement intersect at the points of undergraduate research, community well-being, quality-of-life studies, and urban development. Jason's work has been recognized at the college and university levels via the: Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award, John Martinson Honors College Outstanding Teaching Award, Jefferson Award by Multiplying Good, Service-Learning Award, Experiential Education Champion, Teaching Academy Inductee, and more.

Here's a snapshot of Jason's work.


Jason's engagement focuses on working with city officials, non-profit organizations, and local residents, all within the city of Lafayette, Indiana, to measure and impact positively community well-being and quality-of-life.

Jason has created a formal pathway for developing engaged undergraduate scholars that can be seen in the courses he teaches such as HONR 19900: Intro to Research; HONR 39900: Well-Being, and HONR 495: Independent Study Research and Engagement, as well as in the scholarship his mentees have produced.


The primary focus of Jason's teaching is to partner with learners as they cultivate their sense and concept of humanity by developing their abilities through exercising them in the world, and by enacting change in the world through their collective agency. Jason prioritizes creating interdisciplinary learning environments that address students’ psychological needs related to learning by providing choices within learning structures, fostering students’ relatedness to course content and to each other, and structuring skill applications that enhance students’ competencies in specific areas such as analytical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, research design and development, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Courses Jason typically teaches include:

HONR 19900: Intro to Research

HONR 19901/2: Selfie, and Sound

HONR 29900: The HCR Memory Book

HONR 39900: Well-Being

HONR 39900: Jazz and Jazz in NOLA

HONR 49500: Independent Study Research and Engagement

HONR 49900: Scholarly Projects (mentorship and supervision)

Jason has a courtesy appointment in the College of Education where he typically teaches graduate-level research methods courses. 


Jason's discovery centers well-being and education, is tied directly to his engagement, and is embedded within his teaching and learning.

Select student publications:

Bellamy, Lauren (2020) "Measuring Well-Being Among School-Aged Children: Seeking a Developmentally Appropriate Qualitative Approach," The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research: Vol. 10, Article 12.


Black, Maya M. (2018) "Out of the Box: An Analysis of the Social Climate at Purdue University and its Effects on the Minority Experience," The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research: Vol. 8, Article 36.

Coltin, Eli; Flaningam, Eric; Newell, Jace; and Ware, Jason (2021) "Impacting Community Well-Being in Lafayette, Indiana, in the Midst of a Pandemic," Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement: Vol. 8 : Iss. 1, Article 19.

DOI: 10.5703/1288284317422

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Coltin, Eli (2021) "Good Data for Good Decisions about Resident Retention Analysis on Resident Retention," The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research: Vol. 11, Article 10.


Francisco, Luke (2018) "Out of the Box: The Wide World of Well-Being," The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research: Vol. 8, Article 34.


Givens, Tanner (2014) "Community Involvement at an Elementary School: Cultural Differences and Their Effect on Education," Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement: Vol. 1 : Iss. 1, Article 2.

DOI: 10.5703/1288284315485

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