9th Annual DRS Theme:
           Creating Brave Spaces for Inclusion, Equity, and Justice
Advance Registration: July 1 - September 8, 2017

September 22 & 23, 2017      
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 

SPONSORS - Platinum ($5,000-$9,999) ​​
Center for Middletown Studies
James Connolly, Director
​​The mission of the Center for Middletown Studies is to build on the scholarship inaugurated by Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd in their landmark studies Middletown (1929) and Middletown in Transition (1937). These in-depth accounts of life in Muncie, Indiana, became classic sociological studies and established the community as a barometer of social trends in the United States. 

In the years since, scholars in a variety of fields have returned to Muncie to follow up on the Lynds' work, making this small city among the most studied communities in the nation. The center continues this tradition by sponsoring and promoting research on Muncie as Middletown, on small cities generally, on the sociocultural impact of large-scale economic change, and on other themes and issues the Lynds explored.  It aims as well to develop new forms of digital scholarship that advance research and teaching in these areas.

Recently, the Center has explored historical reading experiences, documented the process ofconsolidating local high schools, explored the impact of a factory closing, and welcomed scholars from China engaged in ethnographic studies of Middletown and American life.  At present, the Center is examining the civic role of churches, everyday life experiences, and voter polarization in local contexts.  For more information on current activities, see the News and Events page. ​
SPONSORS - Diamond ($1,000-$4,999) ​​
The Graduate School, Ball State University
Are you ready for a leg up in your career, or do you want an even deeper understanding of your discipline? Ball State’s graduate school can get you there.
We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Even if you already have a busy schedule, we offer flexibility with how you take classes—on campus, online, or a combination of both—whatever works best for you.
Plus, our world-acclaimed faculty and facilities can immerse you in hands-on opportunities that focus on our entrepreneurial approach to learning.

More Than 140 Graduate Programs
You can pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in one of our dozens of accredited graduate programs. Or if you’re looking to learn more in a specific, focused area, a certificate might be right for you. We also offer two specialist in education degrees that let you go a little more in depth than with a master’s.

Nationally Ranked Programs Across Campus
Education agencies, industry organizations, national media, and other observers are routinely ranking our graduate programs as the top of their types throughout all eight academic colleges. Our Center for Information and Communication Sciences, landscape architecture, and counseling psychology programs are just a few examples.

Three Top-25 Online Programs
“U.S. News & World Report” ranks our education (11th), master of business administration (12th), and nursing (23rd) graduate degrees as among the “Best Online Programs” in the U.S.

Research Opportunities Abound
Our faculty travel the world, exploring new cultures and diving deep into their areas of expertise. And graduate assistants are often by their sides, assisting in their research.

Affordable, Cultured Community
Muncie consistently ranks as one of the nation's most affordable college towns. Not only that, our welcoming community offers a bounty of cultural and recreational activities on and off campus: Minnetrista, Muncie Civic Theatre, Cardinal Greenway, and more.

College of Communication, Information, and Media, Ball State University
Roger Lavery, Dean
Whether you are capturing a story in front of or behind a camera, giving a dynamic speech, launching an interactive website, or writing a breaking news story, the College of Communication, Information, and Media has the academic programs, technology and facilities, student media, clubs and organizations, and more to help you enrich your inquisitive mind into the skills, knowledge, and experience you’ll need for a fulfilling, successful career.

Comprising the Departments of Communication Studies, Journalism, and Telecommunications, and the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, we reside among the top 10 largest communications programs in the country. We currently have 2,100 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students enrolled, with a typical class size between 20 and 25 people.

The David Letterman Communication and Media Building, includes a $1 million production complex with cutting-edge equipment, including two recording studios, two control rooms, two isolation rooms, and five editing suites. The same equipment may be found in most of the top production houses and film studios in Hollywood, New York, and London, providing students with the latest production and postproduction technology.

Miller College of Business, Ball State University
Jennifer Bott, Dean
The Miller College offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Classroom learning is powerfully enhanced by transformative, immersive learning experiences, making business education at Ball State truly distinctive.
The college enrolls more than 3,500 students (plus 1,700 minors) in 21 undergraduate and six graduate programs and is staffed by more than 100 full-time faculty members. With 35,000 alumni around the world, our programs continue to be ranked nationally as among the very best.

College of Sciences and Humanities, Ball State University
Maureen McCarthy, Dean
The College of Sciences and Humanities prepares students with the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in a changing society, enabling them to become responsible and responsive twenty-first century citizens.
Through its majors, minors, and delivering the vast majority of courses that form the University Core Curriculum required for all Ball State undergraduates, the college provides students with experiences designed to enhance their ability to analyze situations, think critically, solve problems creatively, and communicate their ideas clearly. These skills, acquired through a liberal education, contribute to life-long learning and earning.

The college is a cultural and scientific asset that embraces the teacher-scholar model for its faculty. It encourages and rewards excellent teaching and views teaching as the faculty's primary task while still encouraging and valuing basic and applied research and other creative activities that lead to refereed publication, juried exhibition, and the improvement of life.

The college encourages faculty and staff to be models for students by being responsible and responsive citizens who directly engage with local, state, national, and international constituencies that might benefit from the application of their knowledge and expertise.
Department of Communication Studies, Ball State University
Glen Stamp, Chairperson
You’ll find a wealth of opportunities, wisdom, and experience awaiting you in your academic career with the Department of Communication Studies. Leading the way is a diverse and well-qualified faculty. Most hold doctoral degrees, and together they represent interests in:
public address, rhetorical theory and criticism, organizational communication, small-group communication, leadership, interviewing, argumentation and debate, interpersonal communication, communication theory, digital media, communication research, and communication education.

Our students are equally distinguished, and their accomplishments are regularly recognized through various awards. 

Our department was first recognized in the mid-1960s as a separate entity at Ball State, but the beginnings of this type of course work can be found a few decades earlier within the English department. Through our history, our department and our offerings have evolved from a small collection of courses into a vibrant discipline useful to students with wide-ranging career aspirations.
Department of English, Ball State University
Cathy Day, Acting Chairperson
​Ball State's Department of English has a long history of rigorous research and scholarship; our doctor of philosophy in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition is one of the oldest established programs in the United States. 

We’re also relatively new kids on the block: our graduate degree in creative writing is young and fresh―our first students enrolled in 2001. 

Our history is really a story of a vibrant department where students and faculty work together closely both within the classroom and one-on-one. You can see the results of this kind of collaboration in the awards our students and faculty frequently earn, and in action in the recognition we receive, such as the 2008 Indiana legislature resolution commending the Indiana Writing Project.

Women's and Gender Studies Program, Ball State University
Lisa Pellerin, Director
The Women's and Gender Studies program at Ball State University is an interdisciplinary program embracing a wide variety of academic approaches relevant to the study of women, gender, and feminisms in contemporary and historical societies. The program stresses that issues affecting women and gender are situated in and intertwined with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, geography, (dis)ability, and religion (among other factors). We challenge our students to critically investigate and evaluate these intersections through learning grounded in feminist research and theory. We acknowledge and work in the spirit of the remarkable progress made toward gender equity, but we also recognize and analyze how numerous social and political forces continue to work against this advancement. In our programs, we insist upon both rigorous scholarship and an environment of respect and tolerance.
Honors College, Ball State University
John Emert, Dean
Ready to put your exceptional talents and curiosity to the ultimate test? Ball State's Honors College mission, vision and goals will give you the vehicle and the open road to surpass your expectations. Our tradition of innovative teaching and learning begins with the special benefits and resources we provide 1100-1200 high-ability students each year.

Demanding courses, stimulating discussions, international study, and research projects will challenge your intellect and enhance your education. You’ll be able to tailor your academic program to your wants and needs. You can pursue valuable scholarships and fellowships to support your goals. Plus, you'll have access to Ball State's immersive learning opportunities, in which you can work with a team to find real-world solutions to real-world problems.

Your education will culminate with a senior thesis or creative project, an in-depth project that showcases your knowledge and creativity. Our distinctive opportunities for self-expression, leadership, and service will prepare you for graduate school, a professional career, and most importantly, life.

Both in and out of the classroom, our vibrant, supportive learning environment will help you interact and share ideas with other bright, motivated students and mentoring professors. You’ll be part of a close-knit, dynamic community from your first day on campus. By the time you graduate with an honors diploma, you’ll discover that you achieved more than you ever thought you could.
SPONSORS - Gold ($500-$999) ​​
Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University
Jerrell Cassady, Chairperson
Whether your ultimate goal is conducting research or working with children directly in the schools, Ball State’s nationally accredited and highly ranked Department of Educational Psychology can provide you with the tools you need to build a successful career.

Are you a graduate student looking for a versatile master’s or doctoral program that could be used in a wide variety of job settings? Consider our graduate degrees in either our educational psychology, quantitative psychology, or school psychology.

Are you an undergraduate student wanting to broaden your experience and marketability? We offer minors in human development or gifted and talented education.

Do you have your undergraduate degree, are looking to learn more, but you aren’t sure you need a master’s degree? Investigate our licensure and certification programs in education of high-ability students, human development and learning and neuropsychology.
Department of Educational Studies, Ball State University
Theresa Kruczek, Interim Chair
The Department of Educational Studies is a learning community engaged in the preparation of educators, the discovery of knowledge, and the promotion of social justice.

Our distinguished faculty, award-winning academic programs, and rich legacy of community collaboration and teacher preparation provide students with an entrepreneurial approach to education. Through immersive learning projects, our students work directly with the community to serve as catalysts for change, and put theory into practice. The Department of Educational Studies offers PhD, EdD, graduate masters, and undergraduate degrees, as well as numerous specialized certificates, to meet the needs of students at all levels of their academic career. Many of our programs can be completed online.
Department of History, Ball State University
Kevin Smith, Chairperson
In the 21st century, college graduates need to be prepared to live as global citizens. They will need to acquire knowledge of the diverse people with whom they share this world. Moreover, as the world is experiencing a virtual revolution in information and communication technologies, college students need to be trained to acquire and critically evaluate the abundance of information. Finally, they need to acquire skills that allow them to communicate their knowledge and ideas.

Our department will give you not only the basics you need, but we will go above and beyond to make sure you are prepared for a career in history or pursuing another degree. We have exceptional teachers who have received several honors and recognition and have a wide range of research interest. Our curricula will challenge you to think differently about cultures, places, and events in history. You will also benefit from personal attention in our classrooms, as we have small class sizes. 
Department of Political Science, Ball State University
Daniel Reagan, Chairperson
Making a difference whether it is global, national, or your local community can start with an education in political science. With a degree in political science from Ball State, you will explore public policy, political processes, political behaviors, economics, and many more topics that will help position you as an agent of change. 

The Ball State Department of Political Science offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and even minors so you can choose the right education to fit your career goals. With dedicated faculty who are experts in their fields, hands-on opportunities through immersive learning, internships and student activities, and resources such as the Bowen Center for Public Affairs and state-of-the-art technology throughout campus, you will receive a top-notch education that will set you apart from others in the job market.
Department of Psychological Science, Ball State University
Guy Mittleman, Chairperson
Have you ever wondered why people behave as they do? To many people, human behavior seems unpredictable and often difficult to understand. To a student of psychology, there are clues to be found in personalities, abilities, influences, and motivations. Undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology can lead to fascinating careers, a deeper understanding of others, and greater awareness of one’s own behavior and motivations.

The psychological science major is designed for students with a variety of career goals. You may be seeking employment immediately after graduation, or you may use your degree as preparation for graduate study leading to a variety of careers in teaching, counseling, and other fields.

At Ball State, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in immersive learning experiences, in which students solve a real-world problem for a business or community partner. For example, psychology, premed, and health science majors combined to produce a Resource Guide and a support group for people living with HIV, a project that provided hands-on experience with psychosocial support and working with community organizations and agencies. Psychology majors were also part of an interdisciplinary group that worked together to address ways to break the prejudice habit. Their website includes public service announcements, teaching activities, interviews with advocates, and other resources that they created to help spread awareness of prejudice, establish harmony between groups, and promote acceptance of differences.

After Ball State, our psychology majors find employment in social service agencies, academics, business, nonprofit, and government organizations. Another popular career path for our graduates is to become a high school teacher. Our alumni have also worked in various student services positions on university campuses, and as trainers and educators for the mentally disabled.
Multicultural Center, Ball State University
Bobby Steele, Director
The Multicultural Center supports and advances the university's commitment to cultural diversity by:
  • Serving as a resource for the recruitment, retention and enrichment of students of color
  • Promoting multicultural understanding through opportunities for cross-cultural connections
  • Sustaining an inclusive environment for a diverse student population
  • Provide programs and services addressing the co-curricular needs of all students
  • Celebrate the historical contributions of diverse groups
Our purpose is twofold, not only do we seek to help students of color on campus, we also assist in educating the campus community on diversity. We want all students, regardless of background, to utilize and enjoy the services and resources we provide. The center also serves as a hub for students to gather and hang out, get papers done in the computer lab, or do research in the Malcolm X Library. We serve as the point of contact for the EXCEL summer bridge program. We invite incoming students of color and first-generation college students to come to campus and be paired with a mentor who will help them navigate their way through Ball State and make the transition to college.
Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling, Ball State University
Sharon Bowman, Chairperson
The ultimate goal of Ball State’s Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology and Counseling is to help our students succeed and those they serve thrive. In psychology and counseling, both theory and practice are equally important. Our department stresses research, practice, service, and teaching.

The Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology and Counseling has impacted human-service agencies, schools, and academic settings across Indiana and the rest of the country. We graduate highly skilled professionals in counseling, counseling psychology, and social psychology, all dedicated to helping people improve their quality of life. Our faculty are also dedicated to advancing the field through research and service activities. 

Our mission is to make a significant contribution to the fields of psychology and counseling through research, practice, service, and/or teaching, grounded in social justice and diversity paradigms tied to developmental, systems, holistic, and strength-based theories and strategies.
The Muncie Human Rights Office
Yvonne Thompson
The office is tasked with ensuring that your rights as a citizen and resident of Muncie Indiana are protected. The focus is to promote equal opportunity and equal rights for everyone regardless of race, religion, color, sex, or disability.
SPONSORS - Silver ($200-$499) ​​
Department of Sociology,​​​​
Ball State University
African American Studies Program, Ball State University​​
Previous Speakers
  1. Leslie Aguilar (DRS 2016)
    Leslie Aguilar (DRS 2016)
  2. Rodney Patterson (DRS 2015)
    Rodney Patterson (DRS 2015)
  3. John Quiñones (DRS 2014)
    John Quiñones (DRS 2014)
  4. Michael Fosberg (DRS 2014)
    Michael Fosberg (DRS 2014)
  5. Terry Whitt Bailey (DRS 2014)
    Terry Whitt Bailey (DRS 2014)
  6. Manuel Pérez Quiñones (DRS 2014)
    Manuel Pérez Quiñones (DRS 2014)
  7. Erin Crawford Cressy (DRS 2011)
    Erin Crawford Cressy (DRS 2011)
  8. Barbara Love (DRS 2010)
    Barbara Love (DRS 2010)
  9. Lawrence Gerstein (DRS 2009)
    Lawrence Gerstein (DRS 2009)
  10. Marcia Smith-Woodard (DRS 2012)
    Marcia Smith-Woodard (DRS 2012)