Judy Muyskens, Ph.D., joins Hiram College in July 2017 after retiring from Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU), where she served as Provost for nine years. At NWU, Dr. Muyskens led the creation of the Archway Curriculum, which has been cited in several publications, and she guided the development of several new academic programs and four new sports teams. She also worked with faculty on programming for the now under-construction Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science. During a time of transition at NWU, Dr. Muyskens launched an all-university, long-range academic planning process with the faculty and the Board of Governors.
Before assuming the post at NWU, Dr. Muyskens served as Vice President for Academic Programs at the Appalachian College Association (ACA), a consortium of 36 liberal arts colleges throughout central Appalachia. While with the ACA she oversaw serval faculty development programs such as faculty fellowships, travel grants, and teaching and learning initiatives.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Muyskens also worked at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. There, she was academic vice president and dean of faculty before taking on roles as vice president for advancement and interim vice president for enrollment and college relations. While she enjoyed her stint in Advancement and Enrollment, she knew she should ultimately continue her work in academics, specifically within the liberal arts, as this is her strongest passion.
Dean Muyskens earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and both her Master of Arts in French literature and her Doctor of Philosophy in second language acquisition and 20th- century French literature from The Ohio State University. She held faculty positions at Virginia Tech and the University of Cincinnati, where she taught French language and civilization and trained the graduate students to teach French at the beginning and intermediate levels before she transitioned to administrative work.
Dr. Muyskens, a long-time Francophile, continues to travel to French-speaking countries and to update her co-authored first-year textbook, Vis à Vis, which will appear in its 8th edition in 2022. She also loves bicycling and rides with friends in a different part of the Midwest each year. She has a soft spot for dogs and recently adopted another rescue.