OGDEN, Utah – Madonne Miner has been named the new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University.
Miner comes to WSU from Texas Tech University, where she has served as the associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences since 2006.
The decision, which was approved Tuesday by the WSU Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting, concludes an extensive national search. Miner will assume her new role beginning August 1, succeeding June Phillips, who is retiring.
“I am impressed with the breadth of experience Dr. Miner brings to the job,” said Provost Michael Vaughan, who chaired the search committee. “Her background and experiences have prepared her to provide strong leadership for the College of Arts & Humanities and to further enhance its excellent reputation. I look forward to working with Dr. Miner.”
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate English courses for more than 25 years, Miner is the author of numerous articles, reviews and publications. She also has presented at professional conferences around the country.
Miner is excited to be joining WSU in this new role.
“I am so impressed by the faculty and administration’s commitment to undergraduate education,” Miner said. “From President Millner to undergraduate students I met with, everyone knows Weber State’s mission and is intent upon realizing it. The experience was refreshing.”
The College of Arts & Humanities at WSU is a great fit for her, she said, because it comprises departments that she finds exciting and enjoys both professionally and personally.
In transitioning to her new role, Miner plans to meet with as many faculty, staff and students as possible to learn about the college, existing resources and goals held by individuals and departments. After gathering that insight, she hopes to determine what is in the best interest for the community and move in that direction. She used a similar approach when she first arrived at Texas Tech.
“As a dean, I plan to work from the grass-roots level up,” Miner said. “I think it’s counterproductive to impose from the top downward. I hope to provide material, emotional, and perhaps even spiritual resources to help faculty, staff and students grow and succeed in their chosen roles.”
Miner, a Milwaukee native, is looking forward to returning to the Intermountain West. She fell in love with the region’s clear mountain air, sunshine and blue skies during the 15 years she taught in Wyoming. An avid reader who admires the prose of the modernist authors of the early 20th century, Miner enjoys running and outdoor recreation in her spare time. She has become a frequent marathoner since competing in her first race in Steamboat Springs, Colo., in 2002.
Miner joined the faculty at Texas Tech in 1997, serving as chairperson for the Department of English for five years. In 2004 she was appointed director of Graduate Studies in English, before taking on her current role as associate dean.
Prior to joining Texas Tech, Miner spent 15 years as an assistant and associate professor of English at the University of Wyoming. During her tenure at Wyoming, Miner served as the program director of Women’s Studies (1988-1989) and was assistant chair for the Department of English (1994-1997).
Miner earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College. She holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota and completed her Ph.D. in English at SUNY-Buffalo.
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