Dr. Abey Kuruvilla, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Business, is this year’s recipient of the University of Wisconsin Parkside’s Community Engaged Learning and Research Award. Dr. Kuruvilla has taken community-engaged learning and research to heart in order to enhance student learning, contribute to the community, develop meaningful partnerships and engage in scholarly activity.
Dr. Kuruvilla has worked on around 200 projects for the community with over 1000 of his students. These projects have ranged from process improvement for the Department of Corrections that could save Wisconsin millions of dollars to a wide variety of business improvement projects for non-profits, small businesses and major corporations in the region and beyond. Many organizations have immediately implemented project recommendations and Dr. Kuruvilla’s students regularly comment on how this work contributes to their learning experience. Many businesses comment on how they are still implementing methods from his class projects years later. His work has resulted in developing significant community partnerships with local businesses. Some of his students have been offered full-time positions by the participating organization following graduation.
Dr. Kuruvilla’s primary research work is community related. His work on ambulance diversion has been used by the city of Seattle and has resulted in board appointments related to health-care services. An integral part of his research involves students. Both his undergraduate and graduate students have presented their community based research at regional, national and international conferences.Â He has also partnered with his colleagues to publish their joint work on community projects and pedagogy in various scholarly journals.Â
Dr. Kuruvilla is constantly looking to improve ways in which research and his course curricula may serve our communities and enhance the educational experience of his students.