Our Mission

The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry provides distinctive, rigorous, and transformative immersive learning experiences. These experiences enable members of the Ball State University community to participate in open inquiry, creative investigations, collaborative research, innovative problem solving, and active learning outside the confines of the conventional classroom. Each experience is designed so that faculty and students can:

  • explore the connections among the arts, humanities, science, and technology
  • create a product that illustrates collaborative research and interdisciplinary study
  • present their product to the community in a public forum

Each year, Ball State University faculty members are chosen to lead student teams in these interdisciplinary, immersive seminars. The students are chosen by application or audition. Working together with community partners, each group of faculty and students creates a product to engage the community in public dialogue.

The center provides time and support for each faculty fellow to prepare and teach the seminar. Students enrolled in each seminar receive up to a full semester’s credit for their work. And to help facilitate that work, the center provides each seminar with a significant budget to produce its project.