Office of Academic Affairs Staff

Beth Harville, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost
Associate 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 MeidlingerPeter Meidlinger, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Academic Quality & 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.

Biographical Information:
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 FahertyMarline 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 also serves as coordinator for annual faculty salary surveys (i.e. CUPA and AAUP).

Biographical Information:
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.