Academic Affairs Team

Dr. Paul Gore


Paul GoreDr. Gore 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 professional development of faculty members. He oversees SACSCOC accreditation and compliance (and other school-specific accrediting demands), and institutional assessment and effectiveness. The areas of responsibility that fall under the auspices of the Office of Academic Affairs include: Faculty Development; the Registrar’s Office; the Library and Merton Center; the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; the Office of Sponsored Projects; the Office of Student Abroad and International Learning; International and Veterans Services; assessment of student learning (general education and all academic programs); and academic grievances.

Prior to his appointment at Bellarmine, Dr. Gore was Dean of the College of Professional Sciences at Xavier University – Cincinnati. His academic and leadership career includes appointments as Professor and Director of Institutional Research at the University of Utah, Director of Career Transitions Research at ACT, Inc., and academic appointments at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Dr. Gore’s research and consulting practice focuses on factors that influence secondary and post-secondary student’s career choice and satisfaction and academic success. In particular, Dr. Gore is interested in the role that psychosocial and motivational factors play in shaping students’ success.

Dr. Gore earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University – Chicago, an M.Ed. in Community and Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University – Chicago, an M.S. in Applied Bio Psychology from the University of New Orleans, and a B.S. in Psychology and Biology from Saint Louis University. He is a Fellow of the Division of Counseling Psychology in the American Psychological Association and was a 2013-2014 American Council on Education Fellow at Montana State University – Bozeman.

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Dr. Mark Wiegand

Vice Provost

WiegandDr. Mark Wiegand was appointed Associate Provost on June 1, 2017, and served as the Dean of the Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences (now the College of Health Professions), for which he still provides oversight. He is a Professor of Physical Therapy. In addition to Office of Academic Affairs responsibilities with the College of Health Professions, he oversees the Office of Study Abroad and International Learning (OSAIL), Office of Sponsored Projects, and Veterans Services, and is deputy Title IX coordinator.

Prior to serving as the Lansing School dean (2013-2017), he was the chairperson of Physical Therapy Department at Bellarmine (2001-2013). Dr. Wiegand also served as President of the University Faculty Council (2011-2012). He has taught anatomical sciences to physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical students at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University. His research interests are in the role of service and experiential learning and professional development in health sciences education, and has over 70 presentations, publications and reviews in journals, books and at national and international meetings.

Dr. Wiegand received his B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas, his M.S. in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and his Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology from the University of Louisville. In 2002 Dr. Wiegand received the Outstanding Physical Therapist Service Award from the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association, and was a Bellarmine University Wyatt Fellowship recipient in 2007 and a 2008 Louisville Health Enterprises Network Fellow. He is a 2016 Bingham Fellow with the Leadership Louisville Center.

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Dr. Anne B. Bucalos

Vice Provost for Faculty Development

As Vice Provost for Faculty Development and professor of education, Dr. Bucalos works to enhance the culture of professional growth and development at Bellarmine University. She oversees new faculty orientation and mentoring, efforts to promote teaching excellence, distance learning initiatives and the University’s Moodle platform, faculty credentialing, honors and awards, and student external awards.

Before joining the Office of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bucalos served as the Associate Dean of the School of Education from 2007-2012. As a Bellarmine faculty, she taught in both the graduate and undergraduate teacher preparation programs, while serving as Undergraduate Chair in Education from 2000-2006. Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Dr. Bucalos taught in the teacher preparation and Honors programs at Illinois Central College. She 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, particularly as they relate to student and faculty development. She has been published in journals such as the Journal of Faculty Development, Behavior Disorders, Teaching Exceptional Children, and AILACTE Journal, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Bucalos has been active in the re-design of first year experiences at Bellarmine, including First Year Focus, and as a member of the President’s Advisory Board on Equity and Inclusion. She served as the south region representative for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE), a member of the AILACTE Journal editorial board, and as a Kentucky Professional Standards Board of Examiner for state accreditation site visits. Dr. Bucalos was the recipient of the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award for 2012.

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Dr. James Breslin

Assistant Provost


Dr. Breslin works closely with the Provost, academic affairs leadership, and colleagues across the university to provide leadership and oversight for institutional effectiveness. In support of the university achieving its mission and strategic goals, Dr. Breslin oversees general assessment efforts, accreditation support, institutional research, and collaborates with stakeholders campus-wide to create informed decision-making processes. He serves as the university’s SACSCOC liaison, leads teams and collaborative groups that promote effectiveness, and is responsible for identifying opportunities and leveraging data to create strategic advantages for the university.

Before his appointment as Assistant Provost, Dr. Breslin served as the Dean of Student Success at Bellarmine. Dr. Breslin has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on his research and professional work and has presented more than 60 conference sessions. He has been recognized by colleagues in the field with multiple awards, including the Diamond Honoree Award from the American College Personnel Association.

Dr. Breslin earned his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and his M.S. and Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include student cultures on American college campuses, leadership issues in higher education, effective assessment practices, and student transitions.

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Dr. Nancy York

Assistant Provost

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Dr. Nancy York, Professor of Nursing, was appointed Assistant Provost in June 2021. Her responsibilities in Academic Affairs include oversight of the library, undergraduate honors program, endowed lecture series, Thomas Merton Center, and School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Dr. York was a faculty member at Bellarmine University from 1998 – 2006 and returned in 2011. She has also held teaching positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. York has served in various academic leadership roles including the Undergraduate Nursing Coordinator at UNLV School of Nursing, BSN Department Chairperson, Associate Dean, and Dean of the Lansing School of Nursing Clinical Sciences at Bellarmine. Professional service includes serving as a Program Evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Dr. York’s scholarship focuses on fostering healthy communities through evidence-based practice interventions and public policy development. She has presented her scholarship at regional, national, and international scientific conferences and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. York received her PhD from the University of Kentucky and her MSN and BSN from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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Adam Elias

Director of Innovative Learning Systems

Elias02Adam 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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Lindsay Gargotto

Director, Military & Veterans Services

Lindsay Gargotto serves as the Director to Military and Veteran Services and is a United States Air Force Veteran. She helps develop and coordinate programming and services for military and veteran students to ensure the success of their transition into the University and the workforce. She accomplishes this by working with University programs, faculty, veteran alums, and community partners on behalf of military and veteran students. She also teaches in the English and IDC Department.

Prior to her position at Bellarmine University, she founded Athena's Sisters in 2014- the first non-profit run by and for military women in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Louisville Literary Arts and Clinical Research Foundation in partnership with the VAMC. Lindsay earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) and her MFA in Creative Writing - both at Spalding University.

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Ann Olsen


Ann Olsen is Bellarmine University’s Registrar.  She oversees all aspects of the Registrar’s Office which is responsible for all course registration and related enrollment activity, maintaining and releasing students’ official records, class schedule planning, degree conferral, publication of the University Catalog, and other related responsibilities.

 Ann earned her B.A. degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN in 1992 and has worked in higher education since graduation, starting out in academic advising before moving into registration and records.

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Dr. Paul M. Pearson

Director, Thomas Merton Center

Pearson Dr. Paul M. Pearson is Director and Archivist of the Thomas Merton Center Kentucky and Chief of Research for the Merton Legacy Trust. He is Resident Secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society, served as President for the 10th administration (2005-2007), program chair for the 11th ITMS conference held in Rochester in June 2009, treasurer for the Society (2007-2013, 2015-) and was site coordinator for the 2015 conference celebrating the centenary of Merton’s birth. He completed his Ph.D. in theology at Heythrop College, University of London, has an M.A. in Library Science from University College London, and is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Paul is a founding member and first secretary of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He served as an editorial advisor to The Merton Journal, an editor of Thomas Merton: Poet, Monk, Prophet, (Three Peaks Press, 1998) Thomas Merton: A Mind Awake in the Dark, (Three Peaks Press, 2002)  and Seeds of Hope: Thomas Merton’s Contemplative Message, (Cistercium-Ciem, 2008).

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Dr. Janice Poston

Instructional Developer

Poston Dr. Janice Poston serves as Instructional Developer, a role in which she is charged with assisting faculty with learning the course management system, Moodle, as well as other tools they can use in the design of courses. Janice will assist faculty in developing online courses. Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Janice spent 25 years as Reference/Instructional Librarian and Assistant Moodle Administrator at Spalding University. She has also been adjunct faculty at Spalding since 2007.

Janice earned a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville, a BS in Accounting and an MA in School Media Librarianship from Spalding University, an MS in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and most recently a doctorate in educational leadership from Spalding University.

Janice’s research interests include teaching presence, which was the subject of her dissertation “Has the Teacher Left the Classroom? An Examination of Teaching Presence in Online and Hybrid Learning Environments," and the flipped classroom model. She also had an article on teaching presence published in 2015 in “Quick Hits for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Teachers.”

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Connie Smith

Grant & Research Specialist

Connie Smith serves as the Grant & Research Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Projects.  She is charged with guiding, assisting, and cultivating a culture of research and exploration for the Bellarmine community.

Connie has extensive experience in the area of grant/contract budgets.  Prior to joining the Bellarmine team, she served in a variety of roles in the broad area of research administration including providing critical pre- and post-award functions as well as supporting research compliance efforts, specifically the IRB.  In the area of grants/contracts, Connie’s experience has ranged from front line service to project management and includes experience in higher education and the non-profit sector.

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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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Dr. Kristen N. Wallitsch

Dean, Student Success and International Programs

Kristen N. WallitschDr. Kristen N. Wallitsch leads student success efforts across the university and provides leadership and oversight for the Student Success Center at Bellarmine. The units that report to her include Academic Advising, Learning Communities, Pioneer Scholars, Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and the Testing Center. Some of the initiatives housed in the Student Success Center include but are not limited to the Student Success Task Force, BU100 First-Year Focus Seminar, the student alert management system FIRE, incoming student non-cognitive assessments, and academic recovery.

Dr. Wallitsch is a higher education scholar whose research interests include student learning outcomes assessment, first-generation college students, curriculum design, social justice, and the international student experience. Dr. Wallitsch earned her Ph.D. in Studies in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky (2014), her M.A.Ed. (2006), and B.A. in Elementary and Special Education (2000), both from Bellarmine. She received a Japanese Ministry of Education Dissertation Research Fellowship, spending two years at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, drafting policy recommendations for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on US-Japan Education Cooperation for Global Issues. Dr. Wallitsch recently won two awards for her work with the university’s home-grown predictive analytics model, Award for Innovative Academic Support Initiative (ACPA College Student Educators International) and the NCLCA (National College Learning Center Association) Award for Innovation for the First-Year Predictive Model. She also won the Assessment Champion Award from the OSU Center for the Study of Student Life for her assessment work in the division of Student Success at Bellarmine.

Calene Baldwin
Administrative Assistant (Commencement Coordinator)
B.A., Art History, University of Georgia

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Administrative Assistant
M.A., English, University of Louisville

Headshot of Betsy O'NeillBetsy O'Neill
Executive Assistant to the Provost
B.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign