Provost Dan Heimmermann

Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Heimmermann received undergraduate degrees in History and Spanish before earning Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in early-modern French history from Marquette University. Before coming to UTPB to become Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2014, Dr. Heimmermann served in the same capacity at Mississippi University for Women (2012-2014), and prior to that was the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Brownsville (2008-12). Dr. Heimmermann began his academic career at the University of North Alabama (1994-2008) where he served as a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science (2001-2008). As a faculty member Dr. Heimmermann was a recipient of a number research fellowships and was recognized for excellence in teaching.

A historian of early-modern France, Dr. Heimmermann has taught and continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in early-modern European history and the French Revolution and Napoleonic periods.

Dr. Heimmermann's area of research is French social, economic, and cultural history, specifically the history of preindustrial labor. Dr. Heimmermann has conducted extensive archival research in Paris, France at the Archives Nationales and Bibliothèque Nationale and in Bordeaux, France at the Archives Départementales de la Gironde and the Archives Municipales de Bordeaux. His scholarly work has been presented at both national and international conferences on French and European history, and his research has appeared in published scholarly articles and his book, Work, Regulation, and Identity in Provincial France, which explores the preindustrial manufacturing economy and craft worker culture of eighteenth-century Bordeaux. In addition, Provost Heimmermann currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for French Historical Studies. Dr. Heimmermann is married to Claudia and has one daughter, Lucie.

Fun Facts about Dr. Heimmermann

Lightning round:  

  • Favorite book: The Return of Martin Guerreby Natalie Zemon Davis
  • Favorite movie: The Fugitive, The Sopranos (favorite series)
  • Favorite music: The Ramones, Van Halen
  • Favorite food:Colombian, Bandeja Paisa

We heard you are a Packers fan, just how die-hard are you? 
Having grown up only twenty miles from the "Frozen Tundra" of Lambeau Field, quite naturally I am a huge Green Bay Packer fan.  The Packers are the only publically owned sports team; in fact, I am one of 360,760 owners of the team.

What's your favorite place you've ever traveled? 
Paris and Bordeaux, France.  I preferred the latter since I lived there for over a year and lived there among every day French people functioning in French language and culture

How do you spend your free time? 
Spending time with family, playing and watching sports, maintaining my cars, and hanging outside with my dogs.

What advice would you give your college self? 
Stay committed to your studies but get the most out of the college experience including getting involved in campus activities and making lots of life-long friends.

What do you value most about UT Permian Basin? 
The commitment of faculty and staff to student success and the clear focus UT Permian Basin has on supporting the advancement of our region and state.