Academic Affairs Team

Dr. Carole C. Pfeffer


Dr. Pfeffer works closely with the President and academic leadership and colleagues across divisions to think creatively about curricular programming and innovative academic initiatives, assessment and accreditation, and the hiring and ongoing development of outstanding faculty members. 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. Dr. Pfeffer has held various administrative roles in her 27 years at Bellarmine, and while she will tell you that none of them involve the pure joy that walking into the classroom held for her for so many years, each position has allowed her to focus on student learning and success, the heart of Bellarmine’s promise to every student who enrolls at the University.

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.

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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, assessment and faculty credentialing, 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 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 for Program Assessment

Dr. Ellis oversees General Education and Academic Program Assessment, the W.L. Lyons Brown Library, and the Thomas Merton Center.  He also serves as director of the IDC Program.   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 academic programs.

Prior to becoming Vice Provost, Dr. Ellis was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, serving twice as the departmental Chairperson. 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 also from the University of East Anglia.  His research interests lie in the area of chemical education.

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Dr. Jay Gatrell

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Research

Jay D. Gatrell, Ph.D. is professor of geography & environmental students and vice provost with an administrative portfolio that includes the Office of Sponsored Projects, Internationalization, Veteran Student Services, curriculum development, and broader research initiatives. Additionally, Jay oversees critical compliance issues and works with the University’s Institutional Review Board and Biosafety Committee. Finally, 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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Adam Elias

Director of Innovative Learning Systems

Adam Elias serves as Director of Innovative Learning Systems, a role in which he is charged with developing Bellarmine’s distance education initiatives.  Prior to joining the Bellarmine community, Adam served as Director of eLearning Initiatives at Jefferson Community and Technical College, and in the Office of Student Life at Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida.  
Adam earned a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S. in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Kentucky University.  He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky.    
Adam’s research interests include distance education perceptions and policy, as well as the management of institutional change resulting from shifts in instructional modality.

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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 (Commencement Coordinator)
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

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


Paul Fultz
Administrative Assistant
B.A., Communication, 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

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

Connie Smith
Grant & Research Specialist