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

Exam Week: December 10th - December 14th

Christmas Break: December 15th - January 13th

To see all University activities, go to Campus-Wide Calendar


Author Celebration 2019 Logo

Author Celebration Submission Form

Author submissions are now open for the Seventh Annual Author Celebration to be held on March 27, 2019, in the Granger Atrium on main campus.

For general information on criteria, see the Author Celebration Event page. 

Award WordmarkAcademic Affairs Awards 2018 

Nominations for the Academic Affairs Awards 2017-2018 are now closed. Please visit the Academic Affairs Awards (above) page for information on past award recipients.

October's Newsletter


Board of Trustee Approval

Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees will review and approve new academic programs at their regular board meetings throughout the year.

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.

Higher Education Resource Services

Higher Education Resource Services

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. Learn more about the HERS Leadership Institute hereFind this year's flyer here.

Sarah Hinkley, professor in the Michigan College of Optometry, was awarded full institutional support to participate in the HERS Summer Leadership Institute 2018.

To apply for institutional support for summer 2019, the application can be found here. The Division of Academic Affairs will support one attendee this year. To be eligible for support from the Division of Academic Affairs, a woman must be a fully tenured faculty member or be an administrator. Eligibility requirements for other divisions may vary.

Education Advisory Board

Education Advisory BoardThe 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