Ball State University President Paul Ferguson has announced the recipients of more than $4 million in Academic Excellence Grants. The program, announced by Ferguson earlier this year, aims to help university departments and units meet their academic, research and service goals.
Ferguson detailed the initiative during his State of the University address in 2015. The school says it received more than 100 pre-proposals. The Strategic Planning Leadership Team says it received 76 full proposals after the first wave of feedback.
The proposals focused on areas including increased research opportunities, entrepreneurship and immersive learning, new academic programs and student recruitment efforts.
According to the school, the recipients are:
21st Century Public Research University Proposals
Logistics and Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence. Bradley Anderson, Information Systems and Operations Management (Miller College of Business). $299,378.
Center for Advancement of Digital Marketing/Analytics (CADMA) with Social Media Lab and Social Media Lab Digital Command Center. Susan Mantel, Marketing (MCOB). $299,823.
Exercise Genomics Research: Skeletal Muscle Health and Aging. Scott Trappe, Human Performance Laboratory (College of Applied Sciences and Technology/College of Health). $297,319.
Entrepreneurial Theatre for the 21st Century. William Jenkins, Theatre and Dance (College of Fine Arts). $280,635.
Entrepreneurial Learning Across Developmental Levels. Lisa Rubenstein, Miki Hamstra, Educational Psychology and Center for Gifted Studies and Talented Development (Teachers College) $300,000.
Entrepreneurial Learning Pedagogies. Jennifer Blackmer, Academic Affairs. $300,000.
Enhancement of Sports Link. Chris Taylor, Alex Kartman, Tim Pollard, Roger Lavery (College of Communication, Information, and Media). $200,000.
Center for Student Driven Change. Stuart Sipahigil. Information Technology Services. $147,237.
Professional Advising Center. Robert Kvam, et al. (CFA). $299,987.
Social Science Advising Center. Melinda Messineo, et al. Sociology (College of Sciences and Humanities). $299,133.
Initiative for Disability Employment. Larry Markle, Disability Services/Student Affairs $297,678.
A Student-Run Healthcare Clinic: A Novel Model for Entrepreneurial and Experiential Education in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Blair Mattern, Speech Pathology and Audiology (CSH/CoH). $246,655.
Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Education. Eva Zygmunt, Susan Tancock and Pat Clark, Elementary Education (TC). $300,000.
Access to Justice Clinic. Brad Gideon, Legal Studies/Political Science (CSH) $38,137.
Maker Hubs. Pam Harwood, Janice Shimazu, Andrea Swartz (College of Architecture and Planning). $300,000.
Urban Food Hub. Joshua Gruver, Natural Resources and Environmental Management (CSH). $294,042.