The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry (VBC) 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 fellows—two in the fall and two in the spring—to teach their seminars. And to help facilitate the work of the seminars, the Center provides each group with an expense budget of $14,000.

Proposal Guidelines:

  • The proposed seminar must address its subject from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • The proposed seminar must be project-based and driven by undergraduate students, engaging students as co-investigators.
  • The proposed seminar must create a product that will provide opportunities for community learning.
  • The proposed seminar must involve the community in promoting the class project.
  • The proposed seminar must have the potential for initiating long-term change in the University curriculum.

Applicant Criteria:

  • All full time Ball State University faculty members (contract, tenure-track, tenured) are eligible.
  • Applicants must secure the support of their academic chair and dean to teach an interdisciplinary seminar and to schedule fifteen students to take the seminar.
  • Applicants must secure the support of a community sponsor who will help promote their class project.
  • Proposals must be endorsed and approved by the applicant’s department chair and college dean.
  • Applicants receiving funds must provide a final report to the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry by June 30th of the following year.

Review Criteria: Proposals will be reviewed by a committee that includes faculty from various disciplines and community leaders involved in educational and civic projects.

If you have further questions, please contact the VBC Assistant Director Kristin Ramsey (

Please Note: The application process has changed to an online / electronic format. When you click the link below to start your submission, you will be asked to create a personal account - we advise that you use the same login information as your BSU username and password.

You have the option to return to the form as many times as needed. Be sure to save regularly - click the "Save" button (located at the bottom of the form) after each addition. Once your application is complete, click the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the form.