Provost and VP for Academic Affairs/ Academic Affairs
Dr. Michael Evans is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Unity College. A Fulbright Fellowship winner, he most recently served as Interim Dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism at Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Among Evans’ teaching awards and honors is the Frederick Bachman Lieber Award for excellence in teaching, Indiana University’s (IU) oldest and most prestigious teaching award. This is a system-wide award given to one person out of more than 4,000 faculty members from all schools and departments on all eight IU campuses.
He is a 2004 and 2010 winner of the Gretchen Kemp Award, the top teaching award given within the IU School of Journalism; the Trustees Teaching Award for excellence in teaching; a three time teaching excellence recognition award recipient from the IU School of Journalism and one from the IU Folklore Institute, among other awards.
An avid writer, Evans is author of The Layers of Magazine Editing, a textbook on magazine editing published in 2004 by Columbia University Press. He also the author of Island Wars, published by Down East Press and serialized on the downeast.com website in the summer of 2011; and 68 Knots, published by Tanglewood Press in 2008 and released in paperback in 2009.
His scholarly work is far ranging and diverse, including published papers, book chapters and reviews, video and museum reviews, articles on a variety of subjects, and conference presentations.
In 1998, Evans was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study the expression of Inuit culture in Arctic Canada through Inuit-made video productions.
In the field of journalism, Evans held a variety of positions including serving as Managing Editor for Western Massachusetts Magazine of Northampton, Massachusetts; Regional Editor for the Daily Hampshire Gazette also of Northampton, Massachusetts; and as a Syndicated Columnist / Founder and Editor of Finders.
Evans has also served as an Associate Professor for the IU School of Journalism at Bloomington, and was appointed to the IU faculty in 1999. He is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication; American Folklore Society; International Communication Association; and Native American Journalists Association; among others.
He holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnography from Indiana University, Bloomington; a Master of Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a Bachelor of Arts, double major in English (American literature) and Philosophy.