Dr. Mary E. 'Mel' McCombie
Associate Director, The American Studies Graduate Program, Visiting Associate Professor, Trinity College

One of the special pleasures of my Fulbright Scholar year at AUC was being Mark Mineart's colleague. In addition to departmental encounters, we frequently rode the bus together to and from AUC to Ma'adi, and had long conversations about our work. Professor Mineart's intellect and interests encompass not only theater but books, language, critical theory, visual culture, history, and intellectual history. In him, I found a deep-thinking colleague and a friend whose intellect I admired and, frankly, used as a sounding board for my own work in and out of the classroom.

As a longtime university faculty member, I was impressed by Professor Mineart's relations with students. He upholds the highest professional standards himself, and demanded the same of his students. Sometimes they objected but ultimately saw the necessity and wisdom of holding themselves responsible for their work. In other words, he helped students grow up in addition to learning about acting, the meaning of texts, and theater.

Mark Mineart is a rare gem, dedicated, multi-talented, gifted in teaching, and brilliant. Get him and keep him.