Dean's Office Administration
Nicol Rae serves as the Dean of the College of Letters and Science and is a professor of political science. Before coming to MSU in 2013, Dr. Rae served as the senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University. At Florida International University, Dr. Rae led associate deans, assistant deans, directors and department chairs in his role since 2008. His professional administrative experience includes serving as the chair of the Department of Political Science, co-director of the Miami European Union Center and director of European Studies. He began his career at Florida International University in 1988 and was chair of the Department of Political Science from 1999-2005. His scholarship is often cited, and his research interests focus on American national political institutions, comparative political parties and party systems, European government and politics, and conservative politics. He is the author of five books on American politics. Dr. Rae holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree in politics from Edinburgh University.
Dr. Cherry is a history professor whose research focuses on Roman North Africa and the history of the Roman frontiers. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, he has published two books, Frontier and Society in Roman North Africa, published by Oxford University Press in 1998, and The Roman World: A Sourcebook, published by Blackwell in 2001. In addition to his excellent scholarship and work in the classroom, Dr. Cherry has served in numerous leadership positions at MSU. He was actively involved in the development of MSU’s current core curriculum. He was instrumental in the creation of both the Liberal Studies and American Studies programs, serving as director of Liberal Studies from 2005 to 2009 and director of American Studies from 2009 to 2014. He’s been very involved in the University Library Committee, acting as that group’s chair from 1995 to 2003 and again from 2013 to present. For many years, Dr. Cherry served on the advisory committee for the college’s first-year seminar course, and was the chair of the Department of History and Philosophy from 2011 to 2014. He was the department’s graduate program coordinator from 1998 to 2004. Before coming to MSU in 1992, Dr. Cherry taught at the University of Toronto, Stanford University, and the University of Puget Sound. He earned his doctorate in Classics from the University of Ottawa.
Associate Dean Bridget Kevane is a professor of Spanish whose research focuses on Latino/a studies, especially literature and cultural expressions of faith and spirituality in literature. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written four books, including her most recent, The Dynamics of Jewish Latino Relationships: Hope and Caution, which was published in August 2015 by Palgrave Pivot. In the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, she coordinated the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and taught a variety of courses, including "U.S. Latino Cultures," a seminar on "Modern Hispanic Literature" and Spanish language courses. In addition to her excellent scholarship and work in the classroom, she excels at community outreach and engagement. She has received several awards in recognition of her outreach work, including the 2007 President's Award for Excellence in Service Learning, the 2008 Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award and the College of Letters and Science's Excellence in Outreach Award in 2008. She served as department chair for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures from 2006 to 2012 and has also served as the co-director for the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor.
Mindy Brown has degrees in natural resources from Cornell University (B.S.) and natural resource management and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (M.S.). She joined the Dean’s office in 2009 after working in both the Departments of Microbiology and Earth Sciences at MSU. She is responsible for the fiscal management of the college, including its fifteen departments and various centers.
Sarah Miller has been working at Montana State University since 2003 and with the Dean's Office since 2007. She has her B.A. in history with a minor in English and a Master's of Public Administration, both from MSU. Sarah serves as the executive assistant to the Dean, directing and coordinating the Dean's programs, coordinating the promotion and tenure process for the college, and assisting with the fiscal management of the college.
Jennifer has been working at MSU in various capacities since 2004 and more recently with the Dean’s Office in 2012. She received her B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Human Development with an option in Family Sciences from MSU in 2008. Jennifer helps with general administration and budget in addition to assisting Associate Deans, Melody Zajdel and Sue Monahan. She also serves as the office liaison with the Foundation/Development Officers and will help coordinate the college’s student events such as orientation, MSU Fridays and commencement.
Jennifer Hill graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in political science, philosophy and economics, and went on to complete a Masters in accounting at Montana State University. After practicing for a number of years as a CPA, she received her Ph.D. in American Studies and currently specializes in reproductive history. She is at work on a book documenting the history of childbirth in the North American West, tentatively titled Birthing the West. In her current position, Jennifer manages the Liberal Studies program, the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, and the CLS seminar.
Michael Wright came to the College of Letters and Science in 2013 with nearly two decades of experience in information technology support, systems administration, and management. Following stints in county government, K-12 Education, and small business consulting, Mike most recently spent nine years as the IT Manager of a mid-size composites manufacturing company. He and his team are responsible for keeping the IT assets of the college running as smoothly as possible, consulting with department members to identify technology solutions, and providing day to day technology assistance to the college’s faculty and staff. In addition, he acts as a liaison between the college and MSU’s Information Technology Center (ITC).