Jeff Aper holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Blackburn College. Before becoming Provost at Millikin University he served for twelve years as Provost at Blackburn College. Prior to becoming a provost he was a graduate faculty member at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, teaching primarily in the area of educational research methods. As a faculty member he served as director of a graduate center, department chair, and coordinator of a doctoral program. He has published more than thirty articles in professional journals on issues in education, has presented more than thirty papers at professional meetings, and is co-author of a book on the history and philosophy of U.S. higher education. His scholarly interests center on the role of values in shaping methodological perspectives in research and on the nature of evidence in educational research, assessment, and evaluation.