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Dr. Doug McElroy

Dr. Doug McElroy
- Associate Vice President for Academic Enrichment and Effectiveness

  • Email: doug.mcelroy@wku.edu
  • Office: Wetherby Administration Building 224
  • Phone Number: 270-745-7009


Dr. Doug McElroy is Associate Vice President for Academic Enrichment and Effectiveness and Professor of Biology.  In the Office of the Provost, he provides oversight of academic planning and institutional effectiveness of academic units and programs, and coordinates data-driven analyses of academic operations and outcomes in support of strategic decision-making by the Provost, deans, and departments.  He represents the Provost’s office on the Academic Quality and Colonnade General Education Committees of the University Senate, and works cooperatively with the Division of Enrollment and student engagement to support student retention, persistence, and progress to degree completion.  He is the direct report of the academic support units reporting to the Office of the Provost.

Dr. McElroy serves as liaison to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in the areas of academic quality, assessment, and academic program review, and is WKU’s accreditation liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Dr. McElroy holds a B.S. degree in Marine Science from Southampton College of Long Island University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology from the University of Maine.  He was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Zoology at Arizona State University, and came to WKU in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Biology.  He has also held appointments as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Nairobi and Director of the University Honors Program at WKU.


His research interests in biology include wildlife molecular forensics, population and conservation genetics. More recently, he has focused his research on multivariate approaches to documenting student learning, and the application of evolutionary principles to issues of curricular change and higher education reform.

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