The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry enables faculty and students to
- explore the connections among the arts, humanities, science and technology,
- create a product to illustrate their collaborative research and interdisciplinary study
- present their product to the community in a public forum
Four Ball State University faculty members are chosen each year to teach interdisciplinary seminars to fifteen students. The students are chosen by application or audition. Working together with a community sponsor, each group of faculty and students creates a product [e.g. an exhibit, performance or publication] to engage the community in public dialogue.
The Center provides a summer stipend for faculty to prepare their seminar. The Center also provides a semester's “leave” for the four fellowstwo in the Fall and two in the Springto teach their seminars. And to help facilitate the work of the seminars, the Center provides each group with an expense budget of $15,000.