News & Announcements

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.

Millersville Embraces Arts Learning in the 21st Century

September 4, 2012 - From a 41-unit Clavinova digital piano laboratory to a Disklavier performance-reproducing concert grand piano, to a state-of-the-art recording studio and performance spaces, Millersville University’s new Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center is a true, premiere performing arts center for arts learning in the 21stcentury.

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New Interim Associate Dean

August 24, 2012 - Dr. Angela L. Cuthbert has been appointed Interim Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective immediately.

The Winter Center Grand Opening

August 2, 2012 - The grand opening of the Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at Millersville University is set for Friday, October 12. The newly renovated 84,000-square-foot center features a concert hall, recital hall, performance hall, classrooms, a recording studio, piano lab, a music library, faculty offices and more.

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Introducing Millersville’s New Entrepreneurship Minor

June 21, 2012 - Millersville University’s new interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship has been approved by the Council of Trustees and will be the only minor of its kind in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, established in 2009, laid the groundwork for the creation of this new minor, which will allow students in any major to bring an entrepreneurial prospective to their specific area of study.

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News 8's Lori Burkholder visits professor who helped her career

May 4, 2012 - News 8's Lori Burkholder recently interviewed Dr. Bill Dorman, a Professor in the Communication & Theatre department, who was a professor she remembers fondly from her time at Millersville

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