Sandra Madar, Ph.D., has worked to incorporate interdisciplinary across curricular and co-curricular programs since joining Hiram College in 1994.
In 1998, Dr. Madar co-founded Hiram’s signature biomedical humanities major, which quickly became one of the College’s five largest academic majors. The major and its corollary programs serve as the academic touchstone for Hiram Health, an initiative known for its innovative partnerships with eminent medical and dental schools across the region. She later served as co-director of the Center for Literature and Medicine and directed Hiram’s First Year Experience in 2003.
Dr. Madar was appointed, in 2005, as Hiram’s associate academic dean. During her tenure in that role, she helped shape the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In 2007, she was named interim vice president and academic dean and successfully directed Hiram’s Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation self-study and co-chaired the 2010 Hiram College Strategic Plan. During the same period, she also helped transform Hiram’s Weekend College into a comprehensive program in the Office of Professional and Graduate Studies. Dr. Madar currently manages Hiram’s College Credit Plus program and oversees training to allow high school teachers to offer college coursework in this dual-enrollment program.
In 2010, Dr. Madar assumed the oversight of Hiram’s Centers of Distinction. Designed to exemplify programs of regional prominence, enhance the College’s co-curricular academic life, and attract new students and donors, these Centers have raised more than $12 million in restricted gifts since their inception. The Centers also inspired the formation of the Eclectic Scholars program, which Dr. Madar founded and directed for its first two years.
Dr. Madar earned degrees in both anthropology and zoology, including a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical sciences from Kent State University/Northeast Ohio Medical University.