Sandra Madar, Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives
214 Gerstacker Hall
Professor Sandy Madar came to Hiram College in 1994 as a Visiting Instructor, and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Biology and Biomedical Humanities. She was the co-founder of the Biomedical Humanities Program in 1997, and served as co-chair of Center from 2006-2009; she has served as Associate Academic Dean and Interim Vice President & Academic Dean. She served as Co-Chair of both Hiram’s re-accreditation self-study in 2010, as well as the 2011 Strategic Plan “Firmly Rooted in the Future”. Madar was appointed as the Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives, with responsibility for stewarding Hiram’s Centers, in 2009.
Professor Madar’s scholarly publications have focused on the functional morphology of extinct mammals. She has particular interest in mammals undergoing evolutionary transitions across environments, studying apes shifting from terrestrial to arboreal niches, as well as the shift of the earliest whales from land to water, earning her an Alexander von Humboldt prize in science publication. She is a native of Northeast Ohio, and has lived the interdisciplinary experience, graduating from the University of Michigan with majors in Anthropology and Zoology, and receiving her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from Kent State University/NEOMED. She is married to Michael Madar; they are wholly and happily occupied by their three children, Alena, Camile, and Noah.