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Dean Jean Merrill-Doss

Brevity has never been in my toolbox, so this is much more than you will want to know about me.  Before I became involved with education, I worked at several jobs in retailing and hospitality management, which provided many of the managerial skills that I still use every day in my job.  Oh, and yes, I absolutely love my job! 

My college career began at Mineral Area College in the fall of 1979-I was a non-traditional student, with three young daughters, going through a divorce, and wondering if I would make it.  MAC's small class sizes and caring instructors, well, I probably wouldn't be where I am today.  MAC made me feel like I mattered and that I could be successful.  It was a huge step for me to uproot my daughters and move to Carbondale, Illinois to start my bachelor's degree, but I am so thankful that I did...The rest is my history, I have never looked back.  My personal experiences are ones that I am now able to share with students when they are having a difficult time adjusting to college.  I hope you all are able to share those same feelings through your experience here at MAC. 

I have been employed with Mineral Area College since 1985.  I received my AA degree from Mineral Area College in 1984 (left MAC without my degree and transferred 6 hours back in 1984 to graduate), Bachelors from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale-Go Saluki's!-in 1984, Masters from Webster University in 1993, and have completed doctoral studies from NOVA University and UMSL.  I probably have about 60 additional college hours beyond my degrees in a variety of areas---I am truly a lifelong learner and enjoy taking classes that will strengthen my knowledge and skills in my job.  My position at MAC began as an instructor in Fashion Merchandising and Retailing, and advisor to Couture.  In 1996 I began serving as the Business Education Department Chair and advisor to the Marketing/Management Club.  At this time, I started teaching business courses for the Arts and Sciences Division as well as the Career and Technical Division at MAC. 

In the late 1990's, I served as the director and facilitated the operations of the Tourism Education Center, developing three degrees within that area-Tourism, Parks and Recreation Management and Hospitality Management.  Both the Fashion Merchandising program and the Tourism related programs have since been phased out.  As an instructor, I was instrumental in developing four new programs and approximately 30 new courses at MAC.  After one year (2001-2002) of not teaching, I discovered that I missed the classroom environment and student interaction in the learning process-so I have taught as an adjunct instructor for both divisions since 2001. 

From 2000-2002, I served as the Dean of Community and Workforce Development, and then moved into the Dean of Students position in the spring of 2002.  As Dean of Students, I have come full-circle with student involvement-orientation to graduation.  When you stop by to visit me in my office, you may notice that I have three diplomas framed together.  I will tell you that my diploma from Mineral Area College is the one that is most important to me, it was my first step to becoming who (not what) I am today.  I realized then, that education is the one thing that no one can take away from you. 

On a personal note, I am married and have three daughters and six grandchildren.  I love to golf, enjoy gardening, canning and preserving food.  I preserve over 2000 jars of food every year and sell jams and jellies at the local Farmer's Market.  My favorite pastime is cooking-I love to cook and have a houseful of friends and family quite often.  Most of my spare time is spent watching my grandchildren participating in some sporting event.  Currently I serve as the secretary of Park Hills Lion Club, President of Phi Delta Kappa, am a member of the Board of Directors for the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council.  I served two years on the statewide board of directors for the Missouri Community College Association and am a 2001 graduate of Leadership Missouri.  On campus, I am a club sponsor for Omega Leo, the collegiate Lions Club organization, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, when it is active.  In addition, I am also active in several college related organizations that provide professional development opportunities. 

Good luck with all of your courses this semester, and if I can assist you in anyway, with anything, don't hesitate to call me or send me an e-mail.  My direct line is 573-518-2262 and my e-mail is  My office is housed in AS119 in Arts and Sciences building, and my door is always open. 

Dean Jean



Rhonda K. Kaufmann, was hired as Executive Assistant to Dean Jean Merrill-Doss in April 2013.  Rhonda, a MAC graduate herself, has been with the college since 2007, where she had previously worked in the Arts & Sciences Department.  She has served on various committees, Commencement being her favorite; "Watching students I have personally worked with for two years receive their diploma makes my job rewarding and fulfilling.  It has become a passion of mine to work in the education field."   Rhonda works along side of Dean Jean Merrill-Doss to help oversee day-to-day operations and assists with the guidance and structure in the Student Services and Athletic Department.   She was recently nominated with a Distinguished Service Award in Spring 2015 from Phi Theta Kappa.  Rhonda is a member of Classified Staff and MCCA. 

Patricia Hunt, also a Mineral Area College graduate, works part-time as Administrative Assistant to Athletics.  Patsy began her career at Mineral Area College in 1983 and retired June 30, 2013.  After 30+ years of experience as Executive Assistant to the Registrar and Dean of Students, her knowledge was such an enormous asset to the college, we felt honored when Patsy made the decision to work part-time in the Athletic Department. She assists our Athletic Director with NJCAA guidelines and eligibility, scholarships, insurance, and various other duties. Patsy is an Honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa, is a recipient of an Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award and a MCCA Senior Service Award in October 2013.  Patsy was a member of Classified Staff and MCCA.