Linda A. McMillin, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences

Degenstein Professor of Leadership

Training & Development Coordinator

Professor of History

  • Education
  • PHD, Univ of California Los Angeles
  • MA, Univ of California Los Angeles
  • BA, Loyola Marymount University

I grew up in southern California and had 16 years of Catholic education, including four years at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. My plan was to study the sciences in college and maybe go to med school, but I fell in love with theology and English. These areas challenged my thinking, taught me to make arguments and consider ideas from a philosophical perspective. 

After a couple of years of teaching high school, I started graduate school at UCLA. Theology had connected me to church history and eventually to a doctorate in medieval history. I knew I wanted to be a college professor, which led me to Susquehanna. 

It is so rewarding to work with students and make a difference in their lives. Giving them an appreciation for history is so important because it’s foundational to solving problems. The stories we tell about the past allow us to plan for the future. Most students have had exposure to medieval history through some form of play — video games, dragons, castles, fairy tales or Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, so they have a curiosity about the period.

Much of my time at SU has been spent in administrative roles, creating scaffolding to help students and faculty succeed. I served for 13 years as Susquehanna’s provost and dean of the faculty. I am now the Degenstein Professor of Leadership and am working with students in the leadership minor as well as finding new ways to support leadership development for faculty and staff.

Having been a first-generation college student, I know something about the challenges of closing the cultural divide. Susquehanna provides an outstanding education, creating an environment where students can realize their potential, regardless of where they come from. It’s a good place. I used to think I’d return to the West Coast someday, but this has become home. I believe in what we are doing here and feel privileged to play a role in it.


Ph.D., Medieval History, University of California, Los Angeles, May 1990

  • Dissertation: "Cloister and Society in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona: The Women of Sant Pere de les Puelles"
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship/Spanish Government Grant for doctoral research in Spain, 1988-89

B.A., magna cum laude, Theology and English, Loyola Marymount University, June 1981


American Council on Education Fellowship, 2000-2001
Management Development Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education, June 18-30, 1995

  • Funded by Academic Leadership Scholarship from the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


  • Susquehanna University 1989-present
  • Provost and Dean of the Faculty, 2003-2010, 2013-present
  • Coordinator, Middle States Reaccreditation Self-Study, 2002-2003
  • Head, History Department, 1993-1999, 2001-2003
  • Director, Honors Program, 1998-2000
  • Professor, 2002-present
  • Associate Professor, 1996 to 2002
  • Assistant Professor, 1989 to 1996


ACE Fellow/Special Assistant to the President, Bloomsburg University of PA 2000-2001

National Project Manager, Associated New American Colleges (ANAC) Faculty Work Project II, funded by a grant from PEW Charitable Trusts, Summer 1999-Spring 2001. Project sought to create policy recommendations addressing issues raised in Phase I.

Campus Coordinator, Associated New American Colleges Project on Faculty Workload, Roles and Rewards (Phase I), funded by a grant from the PEW Charitable Trusts, Fall 1996-Summer 1998. Project examined the alignment among institutional mission, expectations of faculty work, what faculty actually do, and how faculty are rewarded.


Member, Visitation Team, Middle States Accreditation Review, Inter American University, Aguadilla Campus, March, 2013.

Consultant, Chancellor's Commission on Academic Voice in University Governance, Antioch University, January, 2011.

Member, Special Focus Visitation Team, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, University of Puerto Rico, September, 2010.

Participant, Carnegie Meeting on the Future of the Professoriate, Palo Alto, CA, October, 2007

Consultant, Faculty Leadership Development, Loris College, September, 2007.

Consultant, Blue Book Project on Faculty Work, Antioch University, July, 2007.

Member, Visitation Team, Middle States Accreditation Review, American University of Puerto Rico, April, 2007.

Member, Visitation Team, Middle States Accreditation Review, Assumption College for Sisters, April, 2005.

Consultant, Program Review, Trinity College, November, 2004.

Workshop Leader, "Rethinking Faculty Work for a World in Transition," American Council on Education Workshop for Department/Division Chairs and Deans, Washington, DC, June 17-20, 2003.

Chair, ANAC Academy Planning Group, Associated New American Colleges, 2002-2003.

Consultant, Faculty Work Project, Colby-Sawyer College, May 2003.

Member, Advisory Board, Association of Governing Boards Academic Affairs Project, supported by a grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation, 2001-2003.

Consultant, Program Review Process, Wheeling Jesuit University, March 27, 2002.

Participant, American Association for Higher Education Roundtable, October 26-27, 2001.
Consultant, Faculty Workload Project, Bates College, March 26-27, 2001.

Consultant, Workload Committee, Elizabethtown College, August, 1999.

Faculty Participant, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education triple initiative, a two-year project for the development of innovative courses integrating science and the humanities for elementary teachers at Susquehanna University, 1993-1995.

Member, American Historical Association Family Leave Task Force, 1994.

Chair, Susquehanna University Team, the Lilly Endowment Workshop on the Liberal Arts at Colorado College, June 12-26, 1993.

Susquehanna University Representative in the Association of American Colleges Project on Strong Foundations for General Education, a two-year study, 1992-1994.


Higher Education and Pedagogy


Editor, A New Academic Compact: Re-visioning the Relationship Between Faculty and Their Institutions, with Jerry Berberet, (Bolton, ME: Anker Press), 2002.


"Ground Level: How to Lead Faculty as the First Among Equals" in The Provost's Handbook: the Role of the Chief Academic Officer, ed. James Martin, James E. Samels, and Associates (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press), 2015, 52-79.

"Saving Pagan Babies," Commonweal, 139:6 (2012), 30.

"Through the Looking Glass: Faculty to Administration," Chronicle of Higher Education, LVIII:9 (October 21, 2011), A104.

"Creating the ‘Complete Scholar': Academic Professionalism in the 21st Century," Liberal Education, 90:2 (2004), 42-47.

"Compacts and Collaboration Across the Faculty/Administrator Divide," Liberal Education, 88:3 (2002), 42-47.

"The American Professoriate in Transition" with Jerry Berberet, Priorities (Summer 2001) 1-16.

"Equal in Otherness: Medievalist-Feminism in a Small School Setting," Medieval Feminist Forum, 29 (2000), 18-20.

"Castles and Kids: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Teaching the Middle Ages in the Elementary School," with Patricia Nelson and Peggy Holdren, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, 8:1 (2000), 71-83.

"Virtual Lais: A Transcontinental Collaboration in Teaching Medieval Studies," with Daniel Kline, Literary and Linguistic Computing, 14 (1999), 161-178.

"Transforming the University: Feminist Musings on Pragmatic Liberal Education" with Laurie Crumpacker and Francine Navakas, Liberal Education, 84:4 (1998), 32-39.

"Not a Damsel in Distress: Feminist Medieval Studies at a Small Liberal Arts College," with Karen Mura, The Feminist Teacher, 10 (1996), 49-58.

"The Susquehanna Children's Center: An Example of University-Community Collaboration," The History Teacher, 49 (1996), 24-29.


Medieval Studies


Editor, Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and Performances, with Katharina Wilson and Phyllis Brown, (Toronto: Toronto University Press), 2004.


"The Audiences of Hrotsvit" in Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960): Contextual and Interpretive Approaches, ed. Phyllis Brown and Steven Wailes, (Leiden: Brill), 2013, 311-328.

"Hrotsvit of Gandersheim" in Christian-Muslim Relations, a bibliographical history, Vol. 3, ed. David Thomas, (Leiden: Brill), 2010, 293-297.

"The House on Sant Pere Street: Four Generations of Women's Landholding in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona," Medieval Encounters, 12:1 (2006), 62-73.

"‘Weighed Down with a Thousand Evils': Images of Muslims in Hrotsvit's Pelagius," in Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and Performances, ed. Phyllis Brown, Linda McMillin, and Katharina Wilson, (Toronto: Toronto University Press), 2004, 40-58.

"Telling Old Tales About Something New: The Vocation of a Feminist and a Catholic Historian" in Reconciling Feminism and Catholicism, (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press), 2003, 82-95.

"Anonymous Lives: Benedictine Documents from Sant Pere de les Puelles" in Women Writing In Latin, ed. Laurie Churchhill, Jane Jeffery, and Phyllis Brown, (New York: Routledge), 2002, Volume 2, 265-280.

"Changing Vocations: Studying Medieval Nuns at the Close of the Millennium," America, 181:17 (1999), 19-21.

"Sant Pere de les Puelles: A Medieval Women's Community," The American Benedictine Review, 47 (1996), 200-222.

"Sacred and Secular Politics: The Convent of Sant Pere de les Puelles in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona" in Iberia and the Mediterranean World of the Middle Ages, Volume 2, ed. Paul Chevedden and Donald Kagey, (Lieden: E.J. Brill), 1996, 225-237.

"Gender and Monastic Autonomy in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona: Abbess vs. Bishop," Journal of Medieval History, 18 (1992), 267-278.

"Women on the Walls: Women and Warfare in the Catalan Grand Chronicles," International Catalan Review, 3 (1989), 123-136.

"Portrait of an Enemy: 'Saracens' in the Catalan Grand Chronicles," Sharq al-Andalus, 4 (1987), 49-57.

"Alfonso El Sabio and The Primera Partida: A Thirteenth-Century View of the Church," Comitatus, 17 (1986), 52-69.


Higher Education

"Reflecting on reflection: assessment of student learning in a required re-entry course," Standards of Good Practice Institute: Forum on International Education, Denver, CO, March 21, 2012.

"Developing a General Education Curriculum that Supports Assessable Learning Goals," Integrative Design For General Education and Assessment Conference, Boston, MA, February 22, 2008.

"Practicing Higher Education's Mission of Civic Responsibility: Susquehanna University's Long Term Commitment to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery," Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 18, 2007.

Keynote Speaker, "Forging a Professional Identity in the New Academy," AACU 2006 Faculty Work Conference: Faculty Work and the New Academy, Emerging Challenges and Evolving Roles, November 9-11, 2006, Chicago, Illinois.

"New Visions for Academic Professionalism," 2005 National Conference on Higher Education, March 17-20, 2005, Atlanta, Georgia.

Featured Speaker, "Professional Identity in the Academy," Associated New American Colleges Summer Institute 2004, June 16-19, 2004, Hampton, Virginia.

Panelist, "Collaboration between Presidents and Chief Academic Officers in Leading Institutional Change," Ninetieth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, January 21-24, 2004, Washington, DC.

"Translating Mission and Planning into Action: A Case Study of Faculty/Administrative Collaboration" 2004 American Council of Academic Deans Annual Meeting/Ninetieth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, January 21-24, 2004, Washington, DC.

"Pedagogy of the Average," Eighty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, January 22-25, 2003, Seattle, Washington.

Keynote Speaker, "Learning, Technology, and the Changing Role of Faculty", South Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, January 8, 2003, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania.

Plenary Speaker, "Revisioning Faculty Work and Professionalism for a World in Transition," AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference: Faculty Work and Student Learning: Meeting New Challenges of a World in Transition, November 7-9, 2002, Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Bridging Values: Academic Professionalism for Faculty and Administrators," Eighty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, January 23-26, 2002, Washington, DC.

"Sharing the Faculty Workload: Differentiated Staffing" Workshop with Jon Wergin, Ninth American Association for Higher Education Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards, February 1-4, 2001 Tampa, Florida.

Medieval Studies

"Women's Studies In and Out of the Classroom," Fortieth International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 5-8, 2005, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

"The House on Sant Pere Street: Four Generations of Women Negotiating Relationships in Latin in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona," 2004 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, April 1-3, 2004, Seattle, WA.

Chair, "Technology and Pedagogy Workshop and Roundtable Discussion: Virtually Medieval College Campuses? It's Not Just the Trivium and Quadrivium Anymore!" Thirty-Six International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 3-6, 2001, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

"Creating the Other: Muslims and Pagans in the Work of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim," Hrotsvit 2000 Conference, February 11-13, 2000, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.

"Anonymous Lives: Documents from the Benedictine Convent of Sant Pere de les Puelles," 1999 International Medieval Congress, July 12-15, 1999, Leeds, England.

"Middle Age Women and Women's Studies: Placing Medieval Women in the Women's Studies Curriculum," 1999 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, June 4-6, 1999, Rochester, New York.


Board Member, Snyder Union, Mifflin Child Development, 2008-2014

Board President, 2009-10

Board Member, Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition, 2001-2004.
Secretary, 2002-04

Member, Taxpayers for Education/Selinsgrove Area Forum for Education, 1997-1999.

ESL Volunteer Tutor, Selinsgrove Area Middle School, 1996-97.

Board Member, Selinsgrove American Youth Soccer Organization, 1993-94.

Courses taught:

  • HONS-100 Thought
  • HONS-200 Thought and Civilization
  • LSHP-500 Leadership Practicum
  • LSHP-502 Leadership Seminar
  • OFFR-310 Global Citizenship
  • OFVR-VIRTUAL Go Cyprus Reflection
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives