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Jean Boreen - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Jean Boreen Jean Boreen

Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences | Southern Utah University


As SUU's newest dean, Dr. Boreen is a strong advocate for the humanities and social sciences with two decades of higher education service.



Dr. Jean Boreen is the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southern Utah University. She is responsible for the oversight of the programs in anthropology, communication, criminal justice, English, languages, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration, secondary education, and sociology. Dr. Boreen is a strong advocate for the humanities and social sciences and is dedicated to helping students understand why a degree from this college is an excellent foundation for their future.

She has over two decades of experience in administration and service at the university level, with past academic appointments including Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Letters, chair of the English Department, and coordinator of the English education program at Northern Arizona University.

As faculty in the English education program, Dr. Boreen taught methods courses focused on the teaching of literature in the secondary classroom and was instrumental in securing national recognition for the program during NCATE/CAEP accreditation. Dr. Boreen’s scholarship has focused primarily on the mentoring of beginning teachers, both during the student teaching experience and in the first three years of teaching; she has co-authored several books and articles on this topic. Dr. Boreen also has a deep knowledge of young adult literature and has authored several articles on its use in secondary classrooms.

Dr. Boreen has been a leader in professional organizations at the state and national level related to the teaching of English/Language Arts; further, she obtained approximately $500,000 in funded grants in support of professional development for Arizona English teachers.

Dr. Boreen earned a BA in English and an MA in English (Literature) from Iowa State University. She earned a Ph.D. in English Education from The University of Iowa.



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Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (11)

Methods of Teaching Literature in Higher Education Methods of Teaching English Female Protagonists in Adolescent Historical Fiction Student Teaching, English Education Teaching Literature to Adolescents Language Arts First Three Years of Teaching Young Adult Literature Mentoring New Teachers Methods of Teaching Literature Teaching Young Adult Literature

Accomplishments (6)

Distinguished Service Award - Shared (professional)

Arizona English Teachers Association, 2005

Distinguished Service Award (professional)

Arizona English Teachers Association, 2008, 2016

Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Sciences (professional)


Moral Courage Award, Nominee (professional)

Martin-Springer Institute, 2002

English Department Outstanding Teacher Award (professional)


Outstanding Academic Title Award for Mentoring Beginning Teacher: Guiding, reflecting, coaching (professional)

Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (CHOICE), 2001

Education (3)

The University of Iowa: Ph.D., English Education

Iowa State University: M.A., English

Iowa State University: B.A., English/Secondary Education

Affiliations (10)

  • Arizona PARCC
  • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English
  • The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • Editorial Review Board, The ALAN Review,
  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates
  • SCOA Affiliate Excellence Award Committee
  • SCOA Student Affiliate Awards Committee
  • The Young Adult Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English

Media Appearances (2)

These 5 books will challenge your teen’s view of the world

St. George News  online


While many people have shared their top books to read in 2019, Jean Boreen of Southern Utah University is going beyond just the typical “to read” list to offer books that speak directly to youth and the unique world problems they face today.

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SUU names new dean for College of Humanities

Deseret News  online


Southern Utah University has tapped Jean Boreen, an administrator at Northern Arizona University, to be the new dean for the College of Humanities and Social Science.

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Research Grants (6)

Senior Transition Module Project

Arizona Board of Regents $75,699


Co-PI with Jim Blasingame (ASU). ITQ (Improving Teacher Quality) grant through the Arizona Board of Regents.

ELA Higher Ed/K-12 CCRS Regional Workshops

College and Career Readiness Partnership (ABOR) $29,939


Co-PI with Jim Blasingame (ASU). Delivery for a grant through the College and Career Readiness Partnership (ABOR).

Sir Ken Robinson Workshop

Flagstaff/Arizona Community Foundation $4,000


PI and delivery for grant through the Flagstaff/Arizona Community Foundation with the CAL Secondary Faculty committee.

After School Literature Circles

Arizona Community Foundation $7,500


PI and delivery for grant through the Arizona Community Foundation with the Northern Arizona Writing Project.

Faculty Activity Reporting System

NAU Innovation Fund 


With Eric Yordy, Denise Helm, Gypsy Denzine, Bill Huffman, and Debra Larsen from the NAU Innovation Fund and the President’s Office.

Young Authors Camps for the Flagstaff Community

Arizona Community Foundation $4,000


Consultant for the GEOFund Grant through the Arizona
Community Foundation with the Northern Arizona Writing Project.