Currently, we have three associate provosts and four assistant provosts: Dr. Melinda Messineo, Dr. Kecia Thompson, Ms. Jennifer Blackmer, Dr. William Knight, Dr. Kristen McCauliff, Dr. Thalia Mulvihill, and Dr. Trudi Weyermann. Each of them focuses on specific areas within the university.
Diversity in the Ball State community is an important and necessary goal of the university's strategic plan. Melinda Messineo, Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Interim Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity, is helping the university move forward with its efforts by conducting diversity programs, offering lectures, and other diversity-related resources. Messineo, along with others, promotes policies that will continue to move Ball State forward in the area of diversity.
Kecia Thompson, Acting Associate Provost and Dean of University College, oversees undergraduate education, plans and implements new programs, and represents the Division of Academic Affairs in all university-wide curriculum considerations. She can help you if you have questions about undergraduate curriculum, including the University Core Curriculum, academic advising, and academic support services for student athletes.
Questions about research should be directed to Dr. Susan McDowell, Interim Associate Vice President for Research. Questions about the Graduate School should be directed to Dr. Adam Beach, Interim Dean of the Graduate School.
Jennifer Blackmer, associate provost for entrepreneurial learning and director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, oversees the Office of Entrepreneurial Learning, which assists faculty with planning and implementing large-scale immersive learning and undergraduate research projects involving entrepreneurial learning strategies; this assistance includes proposal development, student recruitment, assessment tools, connecting with community partners, internal collaborators and sources of funding, and identifying research and presentation opportunities. The office also coordinates professional development programs encouraging faculty to incorporate high-impact, entrepreneurial strategies into their classes and serves as a communications liaison assisting faculty in connecting with campus partners that promote entrepreneurial learning strategies. She is also an associate professor of theatre.
William Knight, assistant provost of institutional effectiveness, leads the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, which offers a broad array of decision support services to all units of the university and to external bodies as necessary. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the collection, analysis, and interpretation of institutional data and the provision of information to support planning and decision making.