Themes and Provost Fellows

Each year a new theme guides the public affairs activities at Missouri State University.

Theme selection

A committee of students, faculty and staff select a theme each year from nominations submitted by the MSU campus community. That theme is introduced at New Student Convocation and is carried forward through each of the academic year's signature public affairs events.

Provost fellow for public affairs

The provost fellow is responsible for refining the chosen public affairs theme, developing and promoting public affairs activities, and serving as the chair of the Public Affairs Conference. The office of the provost welcomes nominations for a provost fellow for Public Affairs.


Past themes

Year Theme Provost fellow/Conference chair
2020-21 The Power of Voice Dr. Amanda Brodeur
2019-20 The 21st Century Digital World Dr. Paul Durham
2018-19 Unity in Community Dr. Kevin Evans
2017-18 Sustainability in Practice: Consensus and Consequences Dr. Michael G. Burton
2016-17 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspective on Self-Government Dr. Kevin Pybas
2015-16 Building Healthy Communities: Body, Mind and Spirit Dr. Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk
2014-15 The Ethical Citizen: Can You Make a Difference? Dr. Kurt Heinlein
2013-14 Global Perspective: Why it Matters Dr. Kevin Evans
2012-13 Inclusive Excellence Dr. Gilbert Brown
2011-12 Culture of Connectivity Dr. Kurt Heinlein
2010-11 Leading in a Global Society Dr. Gloria J. Galanes
2009-10 Peril and Promise Dr. Mahua Barari Mitra
2008-09 Sustainable Actions for a Sustainable Future Dr. D. Alexander Wait
2007-08 Seeking Solutions: Conflict, Violence and the Courage to Change Dr. Dianne Strickland
2006-07 One World, Many Voices Dr. Ken Rutherford
2005-06 Horizons of Citizenship N/A
2004-05 Celebrating the Intellect Dr. John Strong and Dr. Kathy Pulley