News & Announcements

Orlando Pérez Appointed Associate Dean

August 25, 2014 - The Provost is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Orlando J. Pérez as Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective July 21, 2014.

Diane Umble Appointed Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

March 27, 2013 - The Provost is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Diane Z. Umble as Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective July 1, 2013.

Dr. Umble joined Millersville University faculty in 1990 and is currently Professor of Communication and Theatre.  She has extensive experience in administration based upon her prior appointments as Interim Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, since July 1, 2010; as Interim Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2003 to 2007, as well as Acting Dean (summer 1995 and January 1996) and Acting Assistant Dean, 1994 to 1996.  Dr. Umble served as chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre from 1996 to 2003.  She has participated and held leadership roles in numerous committees, searches and university task forces.  Recent appointments include service as Acting Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, 2007 to 2009, and as chairperson of the Middle States Working Group, Standards 4 and 5, Leadership and Administration, 2007 to 2009.

Dr. Umble received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication.  She holds two Master of Arts degrees, one from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School and one from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Umble is the former holder of the Kreider Fellowship at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.  She received the Young Center Award for recognition of pioneering studies of communication patterns and gender studies in Anabaptist communities from Elizabethtown College in 2001.  Her most recent publication, The Amish and the Media, co-edited with David Weaver-Zercher, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2008.

Please join the Provost in congratulating Dr. Umble on her appointment to serve as Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Provost to extend thanks to the Search Committee, chaired by Dr. Thomas Boyle, whose members include Dr. Nivedita Bagchi, Dr. Ana Börger-Greco, Dr. Elizabeth Corrigall, Ms. Samantha D’Innocenzo, Dr. Mary Glazier, Dr. Enyang Guo, Dr. David Johnson, Dr. John McLarnon, Dr. Jennifer Miller, Dr. Kathleen Schreiber, Prof. Deborah Sigel, Dr. Kenneth Smith, Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El, Dr. Philip Tacka, and Dr. Yufeng Zhang.  In addition, special thanks to Ms. Elise Olson and Ms. Joyce McEwan-Whitehead for providing staff support for this search.