The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry enables faculty and students to
  • Explore the connections among the arts, humanities, sciences and technology
  • Create a product to illustrate their collaborative research and interdisciplinary study, and
  • Present their product to the community in a public forum.
Each year, four Ball State University faculty members are selected (through an open competition) to teach an interdisciplinary seminar to fifteen students-similar to a capstone experience for majors or an honors colloquium.

The Virginia B. Ball Center provides a summer stipend ($4,000 a fellow) so that the four fellows may prepare to teach their seminars, recruit students, contact consultants and work with community leaders. (If they wish, fellows may teach a summer school course to test material for their seminar.)

The Center also provides a semester's leave for the four fellows. During this period, the fellow's sole responsibility will be to teach their seminar. Each of the fifteen seminar students will receive various credit hours for taking the seminar. (The assignment of hours will depend on department approval.)

The teachers and students in each seminar work together to create a product (e.g. an exhibit, a play, a film) to present to the community for public discussion. To facilitate this work, the Center provides each fellow with $14,000 for expenses such as travel, consultants and supplies

The Center provides each fellow with office space during his or her residency. Each seminar meets at the Center or possible off campus locations. The four fellows and their students schedule related academic and community events at the Center.

Eligibility: All full time (contract, tenure-track, tenured) Ball State University faculty members are eligible. However, applicants must secure the support of their academic chair and dean to teach an interdisciplinary seminar and to schedule fifteen students to take the seminar. Finally, applicants must secure the support of a community sponsor who will help promote their class project.

Additional Information: The Center will provide three additional services to help faculty members to complete their applications.
  1. Individual Consultations: Jen, together with the Assistant Director (Kristin Ramsey) and Media Director (Laura Huffman), will be happy to schedule conferences with applicants to plan, draft and revise applications. Please call 765-287-0117 to set up appointments.
  2. Previous Proposals: Applicants may examine the proposals and final reports of previous fellows.
Deadlines: Proposals should be submitted to the Virginia B. Ball Center by Friday, January 26, 2018. Awards will be announced by March 2018. Funds will become available in June 2018. Seminar funds must be expended and a final report must be submitted by June 30, 2019.