Welcome to the Office of the Provost  

This page is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for information of all kinds related to academic programs, policies, and activities at Millikin University.

Jeffrey AperThe Role of the Provost
Provost - Dr. Jeffery Aper

I’m often asked what a Provost does. A few years ago one of my neighbors who was a veteran of World War II asked me about my job and when I told him I was a Provost, he was forever after convinced that I was Provost Marshal, or the head of the campus police force. While this influenced him to treat me with significant deference, it reinforced my conviction that I needed to find more effective ways to explain my role within the institution.

The primary role of the Provost is to serve as Chief Academic Officer for the University, which means working closely with the faculty to assure the best possible experience and outcomes for all of our students. That means facilitating the good work of faculty as teachers, advisors, scholars, researchers, artists, and citizens of the University and larger community. More broadly, I believe that the role of the Provost is to be the foremost advocate for the quality of all learning and development opportunities for our students, and that requires supporting and collaborating with faculty and staff colleagues who work to serve students in a wide variety of ways that enhance their experience at Millikin and preparation for a life of meaning and value.

In this capacity I work closely with the President to advance the mission of the University and serve the long-term best interests of the institution. Millikin University is an extraordinary community of thinkers and doers, and I am privileged to serve in a role that allows me strive to foster the success of such a gathering of capable faculty and staff who are truly devoted to the success of our diverse, capable, and hard-working students.

Performance Learning

One of the most exciting things about Millikin is our dedication to Performance Learning, which emphasizes active student engagement in their learning and personal growth. It is not just a slogan; it is woven deeply into the fabric of the institution. It gives students the opportunity to go well beyond the more traditional learning they might get at other institutions. Performance Learning amplifies students’ experiences so they become much better prepared for life beyond Millikin through application and deepening of the knowledge and skills that they would otherwise get through more traditional approaches of instruction.

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Millikin University Shilling Hall
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
Millikin announces faculty promotions and tenure decisions
August 12, 2019, 1:45pm
Millikin University faculty members earn significant achievements Millikin University President Dr. Patrick E. White announced the following decisions regarding faculty promotion and...
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Pam Lindsey
Academic | Campus | College of Professional Studies
Dr. Pam Lindsey named interim dean of the College of Professional Studies
August 7, 2019, 11:45am
Interim Dean looking forward to continued growth and success Dr. Pam Lindsey, associate professor and director of the School of Nursing at Millikin University, has been named the interim...
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Millikin Commencement 2019
Academic | Admissions | Alumni & Friends
Relive Commencement 2019
June 17, 2019, 11:15am
Watch some of the best moments from Millikin's 2019 Commencement In May 2019, more than 300 Millikin University graduates crossed the stage at the Decatur Civic Center to receive their...
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Pamela Barnes
Academic | Campus | College of Professional Studies
Dr. Pamela Barnes named Director of the School of Education at Millikin
June 7, 2019, 9:30am
New Director's academic and experiential background will serve to support School of Education mission Dr. Pamela Barnes has been named director of the School of Education at Millikin...
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