Meet the Dean

Dr. Julien C. Mirivel is interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Communication and Professor of Applied Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The College of Social Sciences and Communication (CSSC) features a community of teacher-scholars and students whose mission is to apply theory and research to drive social change and inspire human expression, reflection, and interconnection.

Originally from Paris, France, Julien’s academic journey began when he traveled to the US as a 15-year-old foreign exchange student to learn English in Iowa. During that year, he fell in love with American culture and thus decided to continue his studies in the US. He earned a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa (2000) and both an MA (2002) and a PhD (2005) in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 2005, Dean Mirivel has served as a faculty member and in a number of leadership roles, including interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, interim Associate Dean, and co-Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence – all at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Dr. Mirivel is a recognized expert in the study and teaching of effective and ethical human communication. He is “among the founding scholars in the emerging field of positive communication” and an award-winning teacher and scholar. In 2011, he won the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching from the College of Professional Studies at UA Little Rock. In 2016, he won the Faculty Excellence Award in Research from the College of Social Sciences and Communication. Julien has published in the most prominent journals in the field of communication such as Communication Monographs, Health Communication, and Research on Language and Social Interaction. He is the author of two books on positive communication published by Peter Lang: The Art of Positive Communication: Theory and Practice (2014) and How Communication Scholars Think and Act: A Lifespan Perspective (2017). His current research explores the nature of peak communication – moments of human interaction in which people experience happiness and joy. In the last five years alone, he has delivered over 100 keynotes, trainings, and workshops on how to communicate effectively across contexts.

Dean Mirivel’s mission is to promote deep learning, student success, and the creation of a positive academic culture across the college.

Julien lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Meg and 3 children: Hugo, John Luke, and Claire.