Academic Affairs Team

Dr. Carole Pfeffer


Dr. Pfeffer works closely with the President to advance Bellarmine’s academic agenda and facilitate student success. Her areas of responsibility include strategic planning, SACS accreditation and compliance, and institutional assessment. She oversees academic grievances, academic honesty, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Faculty Development Center, and the Office of the Registrar. She also helps administer Bellarmine's General Education & Assessment units.

Prior to her appointment as Provost, Dr. Pfeffer served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, with a particular emphasis on assessment. As a Bellarmine faculty member, Dr. Pfeffer served as Chair of the English Department, directed the IDC and Browns Scholars program, and served as Faculty Council President and as a faculty representative on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Pfeffer earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville. She holds and M.A. in Literature from the University of Louisville and a B.A. in English from Bellarmine University.

She is a former high school English teacher and assistant principal, and was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She has served as an editorial reviewer for publications such as the St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, The Contemporary Reader, The American Tradition in Literature, and The Harbrace Guide to Writing.

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Dr. Anne B. Bucalos

Vice Provost for Faculty Development

As Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Dr. Bucalos works to enhance the culture of professional growth and development at Bellarmine University. She oversees distance learning initiatives and is the NCATE coordinator for the School of Education.  Her other areas of responsibility include assessment, honors and awards, and student external awards.

Before joining the Office of Academic Affairs, she served as the Associate Dean of the School of Education from 2007-2012. As a Bellarmine faculty member she also served as Undergraduate Chair in Education from 2000-2006. Dr. Bucalos earned her M.Ed. and Ed.D from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in Special Education. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Bucalos’ research interests include educator dispositions, adolescent behavior disorders, and generational differences. She has been published in journals such as Behavior Disorders, Teaching Exceptional Children, and AILACTE Journal, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Bucalos served as the south region representative for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) and continues to serve as a member of the AILACTE Journal editorial board. She has served as a Kentucky Professional Standards Board of Examiner for state accreditation/NCATE site visits. Dr. Bucalos was the recipient of the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award for 2012.

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Dr. Graham Ellis

Vice Provost

Dr. Ellis serves as Vice Provost, overseeing General Education and Assessment, the W.L. Lyons Brown Library, the Thomas Merton Center, the IDC Program and the Galileo Learning Community. He is responsible for ensuring that Bellarmine’s general education program offers all undergraduate students a liberal arts education which, when coupled with their major field of study, allows them to develop the intellectual, moral, ethical and professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership and service to others. Dr. Ellis is also responsible for fostering an educational environment committed to excellence and academic freedom through the effective use of information collected through the assessment of University programs.

Prior to becoming Vice Provost, Dr. Ellis served as the Chair of the Dept. of Chemistry and Physics from 2006-2010 and from 1991-1998. He was the President of the Faculty Assembly from 1994-95 and a member of the Board of Trustees from 1998-2000. Dr. Ellis earned his Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (U.K.) with an emphasis in Physical Organic Chemistry. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Sciences from the University of East Angola.

Dr. Ellis’ research interests and publications are focused on chemical education. He is frequently asked to serve as a reviewer by publishers of chemistry textbooks. Dr. Ellis served as a reviewer for the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund from 2000-2004 and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Dr. Jay Gatrell

Vice Provost

Dr. Jay Gatrell is responsible for Institutional Effectiveness, Research, & Graduate Initiatives. He also oversees critical compliance issues and works with the University’s Institutional Review Board and Biosafety Committee. Additionally, he has responsibilities in the broad area of internationalization, as well as serving as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator.

Dr. Gatrell is an economic geographer with interests in human environment interactions. He earned a B.S. in political science from Eastern Michigan University, as well as graduate degrees in geography from the University of Toledo (M.A.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.). Prior to joining Bellarmine, he held appointments at Indiana State University and Wright State University. He was selected and served as an ACE Fellow at Bellarmine in 2012-13.

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Eric Satterly

Vice Provost for Information Technology

In his role as the Vice Provost for Information Technology, Eric Satterly is charged with developing Bellarmine’s vision for technology. He is responsible for strategic planning, coordination, integration, and day-to-day oversight of the University’s Information Technology resources, including administrative computing systems, email, Internet, data centers, telephony, document management, learning management, campus networks, database systems, computing devices, and classroom technology.

Before coming to Bellarmine, Eric held several positions with Porter Bancorp from 1999 through 2012, including Chief Technology Officer of PBI Bank (2006-2012) and Chief Information Office of Ascencia Bank (2003-2006).

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Dr. Shawn Apostel

Instructional Technology Specialist

Shawn Apostel Dr. Shawn Apostel is Assistant Professor of Communication and the Instructional Technology Specialist at Bellarmine University where he provides support to faculty and IT to facilitate online and classroom instruction that incorporates technology. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Communication Coordinator for the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University, and the Information and Graphics Specialist for the City of Toccoa. A graphic designer by trade, Dr. Apostel has a B.A. in Journalism from Toccoa Falls College, an M.A. in Professional Communication from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Apostel's research interests include teaching with technology, applied creativity, digital ethos, e-waste reduction, and visual communication. He serves as a reviewer for various journals and frequently chairs sessions at conferences. His work is published by IGI Global, CCDigital Press, Lexington Books, New Forums Press, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and Computers and Composition Online. He co-edited Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication and co-authored Teaching Creative Thinking: A New Pedagogy for the 21st Century

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Dr. John K. Stemmer

Director of Library Services

Dr. Stemmer is the Director of Library Services at Bellarmine University. He has more than 19 years of experience in a number of research libraries at institutions including Raymond Walters College, Virginia Tech, and Xavier University. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Ohio University and holds an MLS from Indiana University.

Dr. Stemmer’s professional activities since coming to Bellarmine have focused on fostering collaboration among academic libraries by serving as the founding chair of the Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries (FoKAL) consortium and chairing funding subcommittees for the Kentucky Virtual Library. His current research interest is developing library assessment to highlight the value of academic libraries and their support for student learning.

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Calene Baldwin
Administrative Assistant
B.A., Art History, University of Georgia


Dr. Rick Brown
Special Assistant, International Initiatives and Veterans & Military
Ph.D., Psychology, Saybrook University
J.D., Law, University of Louisville


Jared Burton
Analyst, Institutional Research & Effectiveness
B.A., Arts Administration: Theatre, Bellarmine University
M.A., Higher Education Administration, University of Louisville


Pam Deskins
Executive Assistant to the Provost
A.S., Murray State University



Paul Fultz
Administrative Assistant
B.A., Communication, University of Louisville


William George
Senior Analyst, Institutional Research & Effectiveness
B.S., Psychology, Centre College
M.A., Higher Education Administration, University of Louisville


 Debi Griffin
Assistant Director, Faculty Development Center
B.S., Training and Development, University of Louisville
M.S., Human Resource Education, University of Louisville

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Ann Olsen
B.A., Business Economics, Hamline University

Connie Smith
Grant & Research Specialist