Greetings from the Interim Provost / Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

My name is Daniel Gunn, and I am the chief academic officer at UMF. I work with the Division Chairs and Associate Provosts to put together course schedules, administer academic policies, recruit and evaluate faculty, and ensure the quality of our programs. My office is in Merrill Hall, on the first floor, and I am always happy to talk with students. Stop in some time and tell me what your experience has been like at Farmington.

I have worked as a Professor of English at UMF since 1980, teaching courses in Shakespeare, the English Novel, and the eighteenth century, and I am proud of the way the institution has grown and developed during the time I have been here. As a public liberal arts college, we offer small classes, personalized attention from faculty, opportunities for internships and undergraduate research, and a vibrant residential atmosphere.

We have the highest graduation rates in the University of Maine System, and our students’ enthusiastic responses on the National Survey of Student Engagement have earned us national recognition as one of twenty unusually effective colleges. We have a long tradition of high-quality teacher education, and four of the last six Maine Teachers of the Year have been our graduates. But this is also a great place to study the traditional arts and sciences – areas like art or biology or history – and to develop skills in critical thinking, writing, close reading, and research that will be valuable in any career you choose. You can even develop your own individualized major, working with an advisor to combine courses from several different academic areas to create a program that matches your intellectual interests.

I live in a 200-year-old farmhouse on 26 acres in New Sharon, with my wife, a librarian; and two daughters, a college junior majoring in art and a high school senior who hopes to study dance next year. I enjoy biking, kayaking, hiking, traveling, and reading the novels of Jane Austen, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Joyce.

If you are thinking about applying to Farmington, check out the pages on the majors we offer and the rest of our web site. And feel free to drop me a note at I will be happy to answer your questions or tell you a little more about UMF.

If you are a current student, I hope to see you at a poetry reading, a film, or a basketball game some time. Don’t be afraid to say hello! And please let me know if you have questions about any of UMF’s academic programs or if there is anything I can do to help you. Talking with students is my favorite part of this job.