Office of the Provost

Jeannine Diddle Uzzi Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office Location

124 Wishcamper Building

Phone

207-780-4485

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Classical Studies, Duke University 1998
  • B.A., Classical Languages, Hamilton College 1993

Profile

Jeannine Diddle Uzzi is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Maine.  Before becoming Provost, Dr. Uzzi spent sixteen years as a classics professor, first at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and then at the University of Southern Maine.  She also served briefly as Director of Faculty Programs at the Associated Colleges of the South in Atlanta, GA.   She holds a B.A. in classical languages from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. in classical studies from Duke University.  She is alumna of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, the ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, and AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Institute.   Her publications include a monograph on children in Roman art (2005) and a translation of the poems of Catullus (2015), both with Cambridge University Press.  Dr. Uzzi values the multidisciplinary nature of her field and views higher education through a classical lens.  In a recent piece in Education Week, Dr. Uzzi uses classics to inform pedagogical practice, arguing that mathematics should be taught as is Latin: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/05/30/we-should-teach-math-like-its-a.html

Dr. Uzzi has a history of supporting student success through excellent teaching, advising, mentorship, and outreach.  Dr. Uzzi is trained in best practices in online pedagogy by Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, where she has been a fellow in curriculum development, director of the Center’s Maymester in Greece, and a member of the virtual classics department Sunoikisis.  She has developed and taught in fully online programs and worked extensively with USM’s Center for Technology Enhanced Learning.  Dr. Uzzi has a record of collaboration at USM and across the state of Maine and experience developing collaborative programs for the sixteen colleges of the Associated Colleges of the South.  

Dr. Uzzi may be best known to the community of Southern Maine as the pronouncer for the Maine State Spelling Bee, but her work with the Maine Humanities Council's Veterans Book Group program also demonstrates her commitment to community service and engagement.  In 2018 she received the Maine Military and Community Network’s Certificate of Achievement for this work.  Learn about her experience reading Homer’s Odyssey with combat Veterans here:  https://mainehumanities.org/news-announcements/how-i-learned-to-read-the-odyssey/

Areas of Expertise

Roman sculpture; Roman politicial history; the history of the child and the Roman family; ancient sexuality; Latin lyric poetry.