Dr. Heidi Bostic
Dr. Heidi Bostic is dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. She brings to this position a broad portfolio of leadership experience in higher education. Across these roles, Bostic has fostered interdisciplinary innovation; promoted the success of faculty, staff and students; and advocated for diversity and inclusion.
As Visiting Associate Provost at Furman University, Bostic led interdisciplinary initiatives involving research, curriculum and community engagement. Focused on student success, she developed and taught a course on Designing a Good Life. Bostic served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of French at the University of New Hampshire, where she launched the Grand Challenges Initiative and was co-principal investigator on a multiyear grant from the Mellon Foundation to enable more community college students to transfer to UNH and complete a four-year degree.
At Baylor University, Bostic served as the inaugural director of interdisciplinary programs for the College of Arts and Sciences and launched the STEM and Humanities Initiative. She also chaired the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Prior to her time at Baylor, Bostic was a faculty member at Michigan Tech, where she also served as interim chair of the humanities department.
A Fulbright Scholar to Chile, Bostic received the National Teaching Competition Award and the Theodore E.D. Braun Research Travel Award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, won the Distinguished Teaching Award at Michigan Tech, and was named Higher Education Administrator of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association.
She participated in the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, jointly sponsored by Arizona State University and Georgetown University.
Bostic’s research and publications span 18th-century French literature, contemporary feminist theory, narrative studies and higher education. Representative recent essays include “The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges,” “Practicing Community: The Future of Liberal Learning,” and “Prepare Students (and Ourselves) for Meaningful Work.”
After studying at Creighton University and then earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Bostic completed a graduate degree at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and her master’s and doctoral degrees at Purdue University.