Shauna Mendini serves as Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University. Prior to this appointment, she served as both Department Chair and Associate Chair for Theatre Arts and Dance and spearheaded several new academic programs and department initiatives. Dean Mendini joined SUU in 1993 after teaching at New Mexico State University. Her graduate degree is from the University of Arizona where she was the recipient of the College of Fine Arts' Creative Achievement Award. As a professional dancer, she performed with the American Folk Ballet for over 25 years in both national and international venues with the Russian tour providing topic for the PBS documentary Distant Dance. Mendini serves as a site evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Dance. She is the recipient of SUU's Creative Publication Award and Distinguished Educators Award.