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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. She oversees SACSCOC accreditation and compliance (and other school-specific accrediting demands), and institutional assessment. The areas of responsibility that fall under the auspices of the Office of Academic Affairs include: Faculty Development; the Registrar’s Office; IT; 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 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 an M.A. in Literature from the University of Louisville and a B.A. in English from Bellarmine University.

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Dr. Mark Wiegand

Vice Provost

WiegandDr. Mark Wiegand was appointed Vice Provost on June 1, 2017. He previously 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 Bellarmine University and at the University of Louisville. His research interests are in the role of service and experiential learning and professional development in health sciences education. His scholarly activity includes 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, 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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Eric Satterly

Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

As Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Eric Satterly is charged with developing Bellarmine’s vision for technology and aligning it with the mission of the university. In addition to responsibility for the strategic direction of Information Technologies, he also directs the day-to-day operations of Bellarmine’s Information Technology resources. These resources include the Enterprise Resource Planning system, email, Internet, data centers, telephony, document management, learning management, campus networks, database systems, computing devices, and classroom technology. In order to support its diverse portfolio of services the Information Technology department is organized into five teams: Administrative Computing, Enterprise Software, Network Operations, Institutional Research & Effectiveness, and the Technology Support Center.

Eric joined Bellarmine University in June 2012 after serving the previous 13 years of his career as the Chief Technology and Information Officer for PBI Bank, where he was responsible for the bank’s technical vision and IT management. Eric has led disaster recovery and virtualization initiatives over the years. He also led a team that developed one of the first successful Internet banking systems. Eric has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering degree and a B.S. in Engineering Science, both from the University of Louisville. In addition, he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Dr. Richard Brown

Executive Director International/Veteran Student Services

 Dr. Brown is Bellarmine’s Director of Military and Veterans Services. In that capacity, he works directly with the student military and veteran population as they transition into academia and continues to support them as they pursue their education at Bellarmine. He is also the Director of the International Student Services Office. In this capacity he works with all international students as they process into Bellarmine and throughout their education. He is the State Department and Office of Homeland Security official (i.e. PDSO and RO) at Bellarmine University.

His volunteer work includes his position as Veteran Chair of the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL), and his board membership at Athena’s Sisters, a veteran women’s veterans support organization.

After his service in the Air Force and the government, Dr. Brown used his VA Benefits to go to law school and afterward, begin his business career, specializing in international negotiations and project management. He has lived, worked, and traveled internationally for most of his life. After spending seven years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he returned to the United States and began teaching at Bellarmine University at the MBA and doctorate levels.

He holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; a Masters in Psychology from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado; a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky; and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University, San Francisco, California. His dissertation is held in the Harvard/NASA archives under the category of “Philosophy of Physics."

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Dr. Gabriele Weber Bosley

Executive Director, Study Abroad & International Learning

Dr. Bosley serves Bellarmine University in the role of Chief International Officer and Executive Director of the Office of Study Abroad and International Learning, as well as Professor of Global Languages.

In 1995, Dr. Bosley secured the funding to establish Bellarmine’s International Programs Office, now the Office for Study Abroad and International Learning (OSAIL), as well as the Foreign Language Department, growing the languages from 3 to 8 language options, and course offerings from 15 courses in 1995 to 82 courses over her 10 year tenure as its founding chair. Today, she devotes her energy to the broad internationalization of the University and its more than 60 majors. During her tenure, learning abroad has grown from a handful of students in 1995 to currently over 25% of Bellarmine’s graduating classes across 7 colleges acquiring part of their education abroad through study, internships, student teaching, clinicals and service, via more than 160 partner sites in over 60 countries, while at the same time bringing the world to Bellarmine.

Dr. Bosley's work has taken her around the globe, collaborating with colleagues in governments, universities, and programs on all continents, and serving on international, national, state, and city boards. Dr. Bosley is the recipient of the 2010 Mosaic Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and Community, the 2006 Kentuckiana Metroversity Award for Instructional Development via the Grawemeyer Foundation, the 2005 William T. Miles Award for Outstanding Service to the University and Region, the 1999 Bellarmine Women’s Council Instructional Development Award, the 1994 National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher Scholar Award, the 1992 Council for Basic Education Fellowship Award, the 1991 Rockefeller Research Fellowship Award. She also secured several multi-million dollar foundation grants in support of the internationalization of the University.

Dr. Bosley received her PhD in Internationalization of Higher Education from the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano/Italy, and her graduate and post graduate degrees in Foreign Language Education/ESL and German Studies from the University of Paderborn in Germany, and the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Her research, presentations and publications focus on Intercultural Education and Assessment, Curriculum Development, and Foreign Language Acquisition.

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Dr. James Breslin

Dean of Student Success


Dr. James Breslin leads student success efforts across the university and provides leadership and oversight for Bellarmine’s Student Success Center. He chairs the university’s Student Success Committee and is responsible for student-centered leadership, decision-making, and assessment. The units that report to him include the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Learning Communities, Testing Center, Academic Advising, and Pioneer Scholars Program, among a number of other initiatives. Recent student success efforts include the completion of a university-wide advising review, implementing a new student alert management system, and a reorganization and reorientation of the Student Success Center.

Dr. Breslin in a higher education scholar whose current research interests include student cultures on American college campuses, peer-based support programming, student educator impacts on professionals and the profession, assessment, and student first amendment rights. He hold a BA in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an MS and PhD in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Breslin currently serves on the governing board of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the editorial board of The Learning Assistance Review, and has received awards from the ACPA Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education and from the National College Learning Center Association.

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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

Assistant Director, Military & Veterans Services

Lindsay Gargotto serves as the Assistant 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


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

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

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