Our response to COVID19

The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.


Janna Vice

Dr. Janna Vice is Professor and Provost Emerita at Eastern Kentucky University. She serves as the Faculty Employability Fellows Director with the Quality Assurance Commons.


Dr. Vice served as Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost at Eastern Kentucky University from 2009 until her retirement in 2017.  She has more than four decades of experience in higher education.

Prior to retirement, Dr. Vice was the convener of Kentucky’s Council of Chief Academic Officers (comprised of Kentucky’s six public universities’ provosts and the chancellor of Kentucky Community and Technical College System). The Council works in collaboration with Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education. She also served a 4-year term on the Kentucky Board of Education, overseeing Kentucky’s Pre-K – Secondary system.

Her experience also includes working with Kentucky’s private 4-year institutions.  Early in her career, she served Berea College prior to beginning her teaching career at EKU.  She is an active Trustee at Alice Lloyd College. Both Berea and Alice Lloyd are part of the nine official “work colleges” in the United States.

Her focus as Provost was on student success, academic excellence, and faculty-student engagement–positioning EKU as a learning-centered university.  She established an ongoing Assurance-of-Learning Program that engages faculty in continuous improvement of academic programs. This program resulted in EKU earning the 2014 Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.

Under her leadership, EKU launched a student-success campaign that dramatically increased the University’s student-success metrics; developed a successful model for high quality online education; and implemented a plan for continuous professional development for all faculty.

As a Professor of Business Communication and a senior administrator, Dr. Vice taught professional and analytical writing. Her research has focused on assessment of academic programs, student learning outcomes, and curriculum design. Her professional career also includes being a presenter and workshop leader for business and professional organizations.  She has led “Executive Writing” workshops for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training for nearly 500 rising police officers, pursuing increased leadership roles in their agencies.


Dr. Vice received her doctorate from the University of Kentucky in Career and Technical Education, with a Business Communication Emphasis.  She is a two-time graduate of EKU, having earned her MA and BS degrees in Business Education.

She has completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management and Leadership in Education.


Dr. Vice has received awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service from the University, professional organizations, and community partners. She was honored upon her retirement by EKU’s naming the student atrium in the Business and Technology Center the Dr. Janna P. Vice Atrium. The “Dr. Janna Vice Award for Student Scholarship” was named in her honor to recognize an EKU student annually who has “exemplified a commitment to advancing academic excellence through scholarly and creative endeavors.” As provost, she received EKU’s Creative Thinking Award in recognition of “tireless efforts to engender critical thinking in the classroom and beyond.” She was inducted into the EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2013.

Other awards include being named Kentucky’s Outstanding Business Education Teacher, by the Kentucky Business Education Association; receiving the “Thurston Banks Award for Distinguished Academic Service,” by Ohio Valley Athletics Conference, for a career devoted to supporting academics of collegiate athletics; and receiving the “Susan Baldwin Walker Endurance Award” by Baptist Health Foundation, Women of Courage Awards, Richmond.

Contact: janna@theqacommons.org


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