McDowell, Beach receive new positions at Ball State


Susan McDowell and Adam Beach have been chosen to take on new roles at Ball State.

In a university-wide email sent out Tuesday, Acting Provost Marilyn Buck announced that McDowell accepted the position of interim associate vice president for research and Beach accepted the position of interim dean of the graduate school.

McDowell, professor of biology, has worked over 28 years in the field. Since 2011, McDowell has served as director of the Biotechnology Program and since 2003, she has worked as an instructor for five core courses within the program. She was named Researcher of the Year at Ball State in 2015 and was the recipient of the Department of Biology Outstanding Faculty Award.

“Dr. McDowell brings to this position her enthusiasm for working with both our undergraduate and graduate students to address important and impactful research questions by using and developing our resources here as an emerging research institution,” Buck wrote in the university-wide email.

Beach, professor of English, joined Ball State 15 years ago and has served in multiple roles at the university. Beach served as the English Department administrator for the past 10 years as director of undergraduate studies, then as assistant chair. For the past 3 years, Beach worked as department chair. Beach has worked at both the underrated and graduate levels.

“Dr. Beach has worked closely with many M.A. and Ph.D. students during his career at Ball State, and he looks forward to helping support graduate education and graduate students in his new position,” Buck wrote.


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