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Hanfu Mi named new dean for Education and Human Services

The search committee responsible for selecting the new dean of the College of Education and Human Services (EHS) has chosen Dr. Hanfu Mi to fill the spot. This experienced educator, who has been a professor at the State University of New York at Oneonta since 1998, will bring an international perspective to UIS.

Mi received his bachelor’s in English from Shanxi University in China. He then went on to pursue his academic career at the University of South Carolina, where he was awarded a master’s and Ph.D. in reading education.

Prior to joining the State University of New York’s faculty, Mi spent time teaching at Concord University in Virginia and Georgia Southwestern State University, providing him with a total of over 25 years of experience in academia.

Mi’s publications, a list 12 pages in length on his curriculum vitae, have primarily focused on language. According to UIS Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lynn Pardie in an open letter to UIS, “Dr. Mi’s record of scholarship includes publications and presentations on a variety of topics involving social and cultural aspects of language and instruction.”

He also has received a number of awards and honors. The Honorable Title of Distinguished Professor probably remains the most distinctive of them. This title is granted to the most accomplished academics to have originated from China.

Pardie felt very positive about the selections, “I am so pleased that Dr. Mi will be our new Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. The Search Committee’s assessment of Dr. Mi’s strengths as a candidate included an appreciation for his extensive and successful administrative experience, commitment to a servant leadership model, ability to promote collaborative solutions to complex challenges, and appreciation for and leadership of online teaching and learning initiatives.”

Mi himself felt strongly about the matter, “My enthusiasm and eagerness to join the EHS and UIS communities have been enhanced by the clearly defined university vision of Leadership Lived. I am so looking forward to making contributions, together with UIS administration, faculty, staff, and students,” Mi said.

Not only is Mi popular amongst faculty and staff, but he seems to be a favorite of students as well. He received a four out of five rating from the Rate My Professors website, with clarity being the primary negative quality.

For those who might be interested, a more informal view of Mi can be found on his website at It contains a mix of Mi’s personal interests, tools for reading Chinese characters, his course lists, and music.

If his selection is approved by the Board of Trustees, Mi will begin working at UIS in July.

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