Academic Affairs


Welcome from the Provost

Paul Blake - Provost & Vice President for Academic AffairsWelcome to the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs!

As the Chief Academic Officer of the University, it is my responsibility to provide administrative leadership and foster excellence in the creation, development, and implementation of academic programs, plans, and policies for the Academic Affairs division. This leadership includes strategic planning and resource allocation. I collaborate with academic deans, department chairs, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, as well as with the President and other executive leaders across campus, to envision, support, and enhance Ferris' mission of providing career-oriented education. 

The academic division includes the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy. As you can see from the left navigation bar, we support a variety of other offices and units on campus, in Grand Rapids, and at 20 off-site locations. 

Ferris' reputation continues to grow as evidenced by Money citing Ferris as a "high value" institution this last spring. I salute our outstanding faculty who drive our academic initiatives and curricular and pedagogical innovations, as well as our caring staff who are committed to helping our students succeed. Together, their efforts create a dynamic experiential learning environment that gives our students the skills needed for successful careers in a globalized world. 

I encourage you to browse through our website and read about upcoming events, ongoing initiatives, and news about the Academic Affairs Division.

Paul Blake
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Upcoming Events

January 23rd - January 27th

  • Monday, January 23rd
    • 9 am - How to Prepare a Successful Timme Travel Grant Application
    • 12 pm - Tegrity Workshop
    • 1 pm - Instructional Technology/Blackboard Check-off or Refresher Walk-in
  • Tuesday, January 24th
    • 3:30 pm - How to Prepare a Successful Timme Travel Grant Application
  • Wednesday, January 25th
    • Self-Compassion Practices for the Classroom, Boardroom, and Living Room
  • Thursday, January 26th
    • 11 am - Academic Service Learning Luncheo 
    • 11 am - Going Beyond: Faculty/Staff Abroad
  • Friday, January 27th 
    • 3 pm - Classroom Community and Climate


Author Celebration Submission Form

Submissions are now being accepted for the Fifth Annual Author Celebration to be held April 6, 2017. For more information, see the Author Celebration Event page.

ACE Women's Network Award

Ferris State University’s Leah Monger and Gayle S. Lopez were awarded the Outstanding Institutional Representative Award for their work in promoting women’s leadership. The award was presented to Monger and Lopez at the MI-ACE Women’s Network Annual State Conference luncheon, in Lansing, on Tuesday, June 7.

Academic Affairs Awards 2017 

Nominations for Academic Affairs Awards 2016-2017 are now OPEN except the 2016-2017 Distinguished Teacher Award, which closed November 2016.  Please visit the Academic Affairs Awards page for nomination information. 

Submissions for the 2017 awards are due by 5 pm on February 3, 2017. 


Board of Trustee Approval

Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved three new academic programs at its regular meeting on Friday, May 6 in Big Rapids. Trustees approved a new Doctorate of Nursing Practice, in the College of Health Professions; an Associate of Applied Science in Professional Brew Management, in the College of Business; and an Associate of Arts in Psychology, in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Review Recently Posted PCAFs

Preliminary Curriculum Approval Forms (PCAFs) represent approved initial curriculum actions that are at the beginning of the curriculum approval process. This link will provide a current list of recently approved PCAFs for programs undergoing a curricular revision.

Women's Leadership Forum

The HERS Summer Institutes are an intensive, two-week residential program where participants gain knowledge, skills, and perspectives to advance as leaders in all institutional settings.

Ferris' application deadline is Friday, October 7, 2016. The link for new applications will open and start being taken on Monday, September 19, 2016. Go here to access the application.

Jackie Hughes, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning; Theresa Raglin, Academic Department Head of Dental Hygiene and Medical Imaging; and Meral Topcu, Social Sciences Department Chair and Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, were awarded full institutional support to participate in the 12-day Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Leadership Institute summer 2016. Hughes attended an Institute at Bryn Mawr in July and Raglin and Topcu attended an Institute at Denver in June.

Education Advisory Board

The Education Advisory Board (EAB) provides best practice research and practical advice to leaders of academic affairs, business affairs, student affairs, advancement, continuing, online, and professional education, and community colleges across North America. 

Access the Education Advisory Board's resources at