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IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dr. Sandra Jordan & Incoming USC Aiken Chancellor Daniel Heimmermann
June 28, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Dan Heimmermann received undergraduate degrees in History and Spanish before earning Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in early-modern French history from Marquette University. Before coming to UT Permian Basin to become the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2014, Dr. Heimmermann served in the same capacity at Mississippi University for Women (2012-2014), and prior to that was the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Brownsville (2008-12).
Dr. Heimmermann began his academic career at the University of North Alabama (1994-2008) where he served as a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science (2001- 2008). As a faculty member Dr. Heimmermann was a recipient of a number research fellowships and was recognized for excellence in teaching. A historian of early-modern France, Dr. Heimmermann has taught and continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in early-modern European history and the French Revolution and Napoleonic periods. Dr Heimmermann’s area of research is French social, economic, and cultural history, specifically the history of preindustrial labor. Dr. Heimmermann has conducted extensive archival research in Paris, France at the Archives Nationales and Biliothèque Nationale and in Bordeaux, France at the Archives Départementales de la Gironde and the Archives Municipales de Bordeaux. His scholarly work has been presented at both national and international conferences on French and European history, and his research has appeared in published scholarly articles and his recently published book, Work, Regulation, and Identity in Provinical France which explores the preindustrial manufacturing economy and craft worker culture of eighteenth-century Bordeaux.
Dr. Heimmermann has served as UT Permian Basin provost for the past seven years ranking him as the most senior chief academic officer in the University of Texas System. While at UT Permian Basin he has taken a leading role in conceiving, creating, advocating, and implementing innovative and accessible undergraduate and graduate academic programs that address student, industry, and societal demands. Some of these include signature programs include Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Nursing, Land Management, Healthcare Management, a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, six accelerated masters programs and numerous industry-aligned graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in emerging areas such as cyber security, data science, gaming and simulation, network administration security, software development and website design and development. Further, under his leadership, new colleges were established in Health Sciences and Human Performance, Engineering, Nursing, Business, a School of Nursing, as well as academic and research centers/institutes in Biomedical Science, Cyber Security and Information, Natural Resource Management, and Water and Energy whose applied research focus on solving the region’s and nation’s most pressing challenges.
In support of student success, Dr. Heimmermann led a university team that developed the UT Permian Basin’s Student Success Plan, 2020-25 which focuses on supporting high-quality academic advising, high-impact and engaged teaching and learning, as well as instilling throughout his campus an awareness and responsibility for student success. In order to promote high-impact teaching and research, under Provost Heimmermann’s leadership, a Center Engaged Teaching, Learning, and Leadership was launched, and his support for mission- focused research resulted in, among other measures, the quadrupling of UT Permian Basin’s external grant funding.
In addition to campus-based activities, much of Dr. Heimmermann’s work has focused on establishing positive and impactful external relationships with the local communities, businesses, and industry. Among other community-focused initiatives, during his tenure theUniversity has established the UT Permian Basin Innovation and Commercialization Center with an Advanced Manufacturing Center, Business Incubator and Makerspace, and a Blackstone Launchpad. These entities promote the collaboration of industry and academia to bring path-breaking, locally born ideas to the marketplace to diversify and enhance the regional economy and quality of life by supporting and integrating innovation, technology transfer, support for start-up companies and partnerships with businesses and communities contributing to UT Permian Basin’s regional economic impact.
Dan is married to Claudia, and they have one 14-year old daughter, Lucie.