Office of Academic Affairs Staff
Beth Harville, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Professor Biology & Chemistry
Dr. Harville came to Drury in 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Missouri State University and her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She teaches in both the chemistry and biology departments. Her teaching interests include biochemistry and molecular biology. Dr. Harville's students regularly present research at regional and national meetings.
B.S., Southwest Missouri State University, 1989
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1995
Peter Meidlinger, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Professor of English
Dr. Meidlinger provides key leadership in the development, implementation, staffing, assessment, and oversight of the general education curriculum and works to assure coherence and integrity of students’ general education experience. He collaborates with university grants officer to identify external funding opportunities to support faculty and course development initiatives. Dr. Meidlinger also works closely with Community Outreach to strengthen Engaged Learning offerings for students that build partnerships between Drury and the community.
Dr. Meidlinger has been a member of the Drury University faculty since 1992 and assumed his current leadership position in 2012. He received his Ph.D. (1994) and M.A. (1985) in English from the University of Iowa and his B.A. from University of Iowa (1981).
Marline Faherty, M.S.
Director of Academic Affairs Support Services
Marline supports the Division of Academic Affairs by providing management and oversight of various processes pertaining to faculty (i.e. faculty contracts, promotion/tenure, faculty awards, sabbatical leaves, faculty governance, and faculty evaluations), budget, academics, and institutional accreditation. She manages and directs all academic division administrative staff and serves as the liaison to Human Resources, deans/chairs, and administrative staff as well as the coordinator for annual faculty salary surveys (i.e. CUPA and AAUP).
Ms. Faherty has been a member of the Drury University staff since 2007. She received her M.S. (2006) in administrative studies from Missouri State University and her B.S. from Drury University (2001).
Justin Leinaweaver, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Assistant Professor of Political Science
An integral part of the university’s strategic planning, the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness provides leadership for activities and initiatives that support institutional decision making and effectiveness. Dr. Leinaweaver collects, develops, analyzes, and communicates institutional data and other information to constituents throughout the university and to relevant external audiences, to support and enhance informed decision-making, problem solving, strategic planning, policy development, and institutional self-assessment.
Dr. Leinaweaver's research focuses primarily on the use of policy to solve environmental problems at both the domestic and international levels. His other research interests include quantitative methods, technology issues, political economy and the use of experimental methods.
Dr. Leinaweaver has been a member of the Drury University faculty since 2012 and assumed his current leadership position in 2016. He received his Ph.D. (2012) in Political Science from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland; his M.S. (2008) in International Relations from the University College (also in Dublin); and his B.S. (2004) from Florida State University.
Jennifer Joslin, Ph.D.
Robert and Mary Cox Compass Center Director
Dr. Joslin brings deep experience to her inaugural directorship of the Robert and Mary Cox Compass Center. The Compass Center is a foundational component of the Your Drury Fusion curriculum. The Compass Center connects incoming students with an entire team of academic and career advisors who will work with them from before their first day on campus through graduation.
Since 2013, Dr. Joslin served as associate director of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. She was responsible for training and creating top-flight curricula for academic advisors and administrators around the globe. Before joining NACADA, Joslin spent five years as director of the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon and 13 years as associate director for training and development at the University of Iowa.
In the classroom, Dr. Joslin taught as an adjunct instructor, primarily at the graduate level, for Kansas State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Iowa and Brigham Young University. Among others, subjects included academic advising, learning principles, the history of higher education, women’s studies and college transition for first-year students.
Dr. Joslin holds a both Ph.D. and a master’s in health and sport studies from the University of Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Regina Waters, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Adult, Online and Graduate Education
Dr. Waters provides strategic oversight to the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) and the College of Graduate Studies (CGS). She is responsible for curriculum development and assessment, faculty and academic staff, academic advising, student issues, and course schedules.
Dr. Waters has been a member of the Drury University faculty since 1993 and most recently served as the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for four years where she worked with the graduate directors to grow enrollment and develop new programming. She also worked with numerous constituents to make Drury’s graduate programs more accessible to working adults. She assumed her current leadership role July 1, 2019. She received her Ph.D. (2001) in Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her M.A. (1990) in Communication and B.S. in Public Relations (1988) from Missouri State University.