|Nicol C. Rae, Dean
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.
|Melody Zajdel, Associate Dean for Student and Faculty Development
Associate Dean Melody Zajdel, an Associate Professor of English, received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State, and her B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College. She joined the MSU faculty in 1979. A committed teacher, Dr. Zajdel has won numerous teaching awards (including the Anna K. Fridley Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Teaching Award, Mortar Board Professor of the Month, and selection as an Influential Educator), as well as the Betty Coffey award for work on women's equity on campus, and recognition by the Montana Committee for the Humanities as a Humanist Scholar for her work in public outreach. Dr. Zajdel has worked on several program and curriculum initiatives in the university, including the Honors program, the Women's Studies minor, the Women's Center, Reinventing the CORE and the WEEA project. Her most recent research focuses on selected Midwestern writers. She has served as a member of MSU's Faculty Council, Faculty Affairs Committee, University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Presidential Scholars Selection Committee and other faculty/student affairs committees. She is on the Executive Board of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and has held state, regional and national positions in organizations such as the Montana Association of Teachers of English and Language Arts and the Northwest and National Women's Studies Associations.
|Tami Eitle, Associate Dean for Program and Curricular Development
Associate Dean Tami Eitle, an Associate Professor of Sociology, earned her doctorate and master's in sociology from Indiana University. She has two bachelor's degrees - in sociology and personnel management - from the University of Kansas. Dr. Eitle's research focuses on racial and ethnic relations, education, health disparities and deviant behavior (crime and substance use). She is currently serving as the joint principal investigator on two National Institute of Drug Abuse grants. Dr. Eitle has been a faculty member at MSU since 2006, and has served in a variety of leadership positions at MSU. She served a two-year term on the executive committee in the Department of Sociology, three years on the Human Subjects Committee of MSU’s Internal Review Board, six years as a member of the Premedical Professions Advisory Committee and two years on the Faculty Senate Steering Committee. In addition, she mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students by chairing or serving on thesis and dissertation committees, involved students in her research projects, and served as an advisor for undergraduate research projects.
|Mindy Brown, Director of Finance and Administration
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, Assistant to the Dean
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 Storment, Administrative and Student Support Coordinator
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.
|Kayte Kaminski, Course and Program Manager
Kayte has a B.A. in French and music from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, as well as a master's in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education Administration at Montana State. She has worked at MSU since 2010, for 3 years as a resident director and now with the College of Letters and Science managing the Liberal Studies program, CLS Freshman Seminar, and Women and Gender Studies program. Kayte has a strong passion for student development and teaching and enjoys teaching the first-year seminar at MSU. In her spare time, Kayte loves to read, hike, camp and travel. She has traveled to over 20 countries and spent over 2 years in China teaching English in the Peace Corps after completing her master's degree.
|Jody Sanford, Communications Director
Jody Sanford has a B.A. degree in English and political science from the University of Michigan and an M.S. degree in resource development from Michigan State University. She joined the Dean's office in 2008. She directs communication among the college's fifteen departments, as well as between the college, the wider university, and college alumni and donors. Jody is the editor of Confluence, the college's annual magazine, manages the L&S website, and produces other College-related brochures and publications.
|Michael Wright, Information Technology Director
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).