Dr. Steven Minkler joined MxCC as the Dean of Academic Affairs in January 2012. He leads an Academic Division consisting of 60 full-time and 200+ part-time faculty and staff; all credit and non-credit courses and programs; the Learning Commons (Academic Success Center, Distance Learning & Educational Technology, and Jean Burr Smith Library); and special initiatives such as the Honors Program, Transitional Year Program, Middlesex Accelerated Degree Program, Prison Education Program (in collaboration with Wesleyan University and the Department of Correction) and Early College Academy. In addition to his duties as Dean, Dr. Minkler occasionally teaches courses in the Communication and Honors programs.
“Dean Steve” feels his work at MxCC brings him full circle. He grew up in Higganum and graduated from Haddam-Killingworth High School. Upon leaving home, he attended the University of Hartford where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in Communication and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. He believes strongly in supporting faculty by giving them the tools and resources they need to be successful in their teaching. He also values the individual pathways each of our students take toward creating a better future for themselves and their families.
Dr. Minkler has worked in Connecticut’s community colleges for nearly 30 years. Prior to MxCC, he was the Academic Division Director of Business, Science, Health and Technology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. While there, he developed courses, managed faculty, successfully applied for grants to expand access to healthcare programs, and built strong relationships with local employers and high schools.
From 1987 until 2008, Dr. Minkler worked for Capital Community College in Hartford, serving for 14 years as Director of Academic Media Technology. He coordinated an associate’s degree program in Communication Media, and managed the college’s multimillion-dollar production facility, which was used for teaching as well as for commercial productions, generating income for the school that funded additional student equipment. While in this role, he produced original magazine-format programming for the CPTV-2 cable station that featured CCC’s academic programs, students, faculty, alumni, and on-campus events. He also played a key role in the distance learning programs, as well as the use of instructional technology in the classroom. He was a technical consultant during design and construction of the new downtown Hartford campus, and oversaw the installation of $2 million in presentation media equipment in labs, classrooms, and public areas.
In the community, Dr. Minkler is a past Board member of the Middlesex Area Interagency Council and is current Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury. He also volunteers as the Music Coordinator for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury. In this role, he plays piano and organ once a month at worship services, and organizes a public concert series hosted in the unique acoustical space of a 19th century gothic stone building. Together with his daughter Rosemary, an accomplished jazz pianist in her own right, he has hosted an annual “Cool Yule” holiday concert since 2002, to benefit local soup kitchens and food banks. You can hear Dr. Minkler, his daughter, and their friends make music together at https://soundcloud.com/projecteagle.