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.
Industry Expertise (2)
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
First Three Years of Teaching
Young Adult Literature
Mentoring New Teachers
Methods of Teaching Literature
Teaching Young Adult Literature
The University of Iowa: Ph.D., English Education
Iowa State University: M.A., English
Iowa State University: B.A., English/Secondary Education
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
- 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 (4)
Episode 61 - Summer Book Club Book 4: Pride and Prejudice
SUU President's Podcast online
"I am actually an English Ed specialist and spent most of my career actually teaching people how to be high school and middle school English teachers, and I have loved that immensely and one of the major parts of my teaching background has been getting to teach people how to use literature effectively in the classroom. So, I have worked with my students over the years in teaching everything from young adult lit to the classics, and, in the case of Pride and Prejudice, which we’re going to be talking about today, I’ve actually used that in conjunction with young adult literature to help my students, my college students, understand how we can move from young adult literature to classic literature and often back again to better understand what some of our classic authors really were helping us to think through."
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.
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.
Jean Boreen: First Female Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
“I hope that I can serve as a role model for other women who aspire to be leaders at the university level,” Boreen said. “Mentoring has been one of my passions during my professional life. I hope that I can serve as an example and a support to those who would like to undertake professional development in the area of leadership.”
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.