Associate Provost of Academic Operations
Dr. Paul Blake was appointed Associate Provost for Academic Affairs in 2012. As the Associate Provost of Academic Operations, Dr. Blake provides mentorship to various constituents and is looked to as the “interpreter of all things academic.” Dr. Blake serves as a faculty liaison, assists with Ferris Faculty Association contract maintenance while overseeing classroom usage, assignments and upgrades. In addition, Dr. Blake ensures that the academic policies of the University are exercised appropriately and formulates recommended changes to existing policy. Representing Academic Affairs, he demonstrates commitment and sensitivity to multicultural and international issues, aligns with the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and fosters consensus and commitment to shared governance and participatory management.
Associate Provost Blake previously served as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services and a Professor of English at Ferris State University. Since his arrival at Ferris in 1989, Dr. Blake has served as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator of English Education, Professor, Interim Associate Dean, and Associate Dean. During his tenure, he has also been involved in numerous committees and task forces including the University Assessment Committee, University Student Life Committee, Curriculum Committee, University Academic Policy and Standards Committee, Faculty Sponsor of The Non-Traditional Students Association, Athletic Advisory Board, Honors Advisory Committee, HLC Steering Committee, University Bargaining/Faculty Negotiations Team, President’s Task Force for Academic Advising, and President’s Strategic Planning Task Force: Distinctiveness Committee.
Dr. Blake has done valuable work at Ferris to forge a positive relationship between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services to more effectively and efficiently serve the needs of education students in areas related to advising, curriculum, and state regulations and testing. Dr. Blake has also worked to significantly improve communication and collaboration with Ferris’ Big Rapids and satellite campus locations.
Associate Provost Blake earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Michigan State University, Master of Arts degree in English from Ball State University, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Michigan State University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.