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Jean Boreen

Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences | Humanities and Social Sciences


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

  • Education/Learning
  • Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise

Methods of Teaching Literature in Higher EducationMethods of Teaching EnglishFemale Protagonists in Adolescent Historical FictionStudent Teaching, English EducationTeaching Literature to AdolescentsLanguage ArtsFirst Three Years of TeachingYoung Adult LiteratureMentoring New TeachersMethods of Teaching LiteratureTeaching 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

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."

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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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Jean Boreen: First Female Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

SUU News  


“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.”

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Research Grants

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.