Office of Academic Affairs Staff
Beth Harville, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Professor Biology & Chemistry
Dr. Harville came to Drury in 2005. Prior to her role as Executive Vice President and Provost, she served as the Dean of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. As Provost, she is responsible for policies and procedures established by the faculty in pursuance of their academic responsibilities; providing coordinated leadership for the development and evaluation of curricular patterns and teaching methods; recommending the selection, promotion, professional development, tenure and salary of the staff members responsible for academic services and the instructional staff; working with the instructional units to appraise the effectiveness of academic counseling and to devise organization and procedures to improve its effectiveness; coordinating all academic services of the university; evaluating the qualifications and accomplishments of the student body; appraising the current and future numerical and qualitative requirements of the university for faculty members and for staff members responsible for academic services; determining current and future requirements for the facilities and equipment needed for instructional programs and academic services; coordinating and directing the budget process for the academic and academic service departments; and directing the administrators of academic and academic service departments, programs and services in the performance of their administrative duties. She teaches in both the chemistry and biology departments. Her teaching interests include biochemistry and molecular biology.
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).
Director of Institutional Research and Financial Analysis
Rob provides leadership for activities and initiatives that support institutional decision making and effectiveness. He collects, analyzes and communicates institutional and financial data to support and enhance problem solving, strategic planning, policy development and institutional self-assessment. He also coordinates timely institutional responses to requests for information from internal constituents related to marketing, programs and accreditation as well as external agencies for compliance reporting.
Mr. Fridge began his career at Drury in 2008 as the Controller and then Chief Financial Officer until 2018. After a local project completed, Rob returned to Drury in 2020. A Texan, Rob received both his BBA from Abilene Christian University and his CPA while in Texas as well as his MBA from Drury.
Jennifer Joslin, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Robert and Mary Cox Compass Center
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.
Shannon Cuff, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Adult, Online and Graduate Education and Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Cuff provides strategic oversight to Drury GO and 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. Cuff came to Drury in 2017. Prior to her role as Associate Provost, she served as the Dean of the School of Education and Child Development. She has experience in accreditation and grant writing and has presented at conferences at many levels. She has a B.A. Ed. and M.Ed. from Drury University and a Ph.D. in literacy education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.