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College of Humanities dean records, 1991-1997

 Series — Carton: 5
Identifier: UA 5390 Series 2

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, reports, and department files from the tenure of Dean Randall L. Jones. The materials pertain to department and committee meetings, 1991-1997.


  • 1991-1997


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 50 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Restriction Policy. Requests to access restricted materials in the University Archives should be submitted to the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from College of Humanities records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The College of Humanities (1965- ) functions to provide a liberal education for students at Brigham Young University as well as opportunities for pedagogical preparation.

The College of Humanities was created in 1965, through a division of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The college consisted of four areas: the Department of English, the Department of Languages, a small inter-departmental program in humanities, and another inter-departmental program in Latin American Studies. In addition to providing degrees in the humanitites, the college prepares leaders and teachers in these subjects, initially emphasizing the study of languages, both English and foreign, and on the cultures and achievements in art and thought of the people who use these languages.

The College of Fine Arts and Communications has been the administering body for the following departments and schools: English, Humanities, Languages, Latin-American Studies, Linguistics, Classical and Asian Languages, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic Languages, Spanish and Portuguese, Asian and Slavic Languages, Classical, Biblical, and Middle Eastern Languages. Germanic Languages, Humanities and Comparative Literature, American Studies, Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature, Linguistics and Special Languages, Mexican American Studies, Philosophy, Asian Studies, Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Germanic and Slavic Languages, Linguistics, French and Italian Languages, Spanish and Portuguese Languages, and Linguistics and English Language. The college is administered by a dean under the direction of the university president.

College deans have included: Bruce B. Clark (1966-1982), Richard H. Cracroft (1982-1987), Todd A. Britsch (1987-1991), Marry Anne Rich (1992-1993), Randall L. Jones (1993-1998), Van C. Gessel (1998-1999), and John R. Rosenberg (2006-).

Biographical History

Randall L. Jones (born 1939) is a Mormon professor of German and academic administrator in Utah.

Randall L. Jones was born in Cedar City, Utah on February 21, 1939 to Wayne K. and Aleda Christiansen Jones. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a mission to Southern Germany in the early 1960s. After his return he married Janet Loraine Taylor on May 24, 1962. Jones attended Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1963 and a master's in 1965. He then studied at Princeton University, receiving a second master's degree in 1966 and a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1970.

After graduating Jones took a position teaching linguistics at Cornell University, where he worked from 1968 to 1978. During this time he also took a two year leave to serve as a linguistics consultant at the Central Intelligence Agency's Language School. In 1978 he left Cornell for Brigham Young University, where he taught German language and literature. He also served as the founding director of the Humanities Research Center from 1983 to 1990, and as dean of the College of Humanities from 1993 to 1998. was a professor over Germanic languages and linguistics. In 1993, he was appointed as the Dean of the College of Humanities.

Jones has been recognized with various awards for his work, including the Outstanding German Educator Award from the American Association of Teachers of German in 2008 and the Bundesverdienstkreuz Award from the German government in 2009.


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