At Florida International University, Rae has 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. Rae is the author of five books on American politics.
Rae holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree in politics from Edinburgh University.
Rae rose to the top of a large pool of candidates from varied disciplines who applied for the position. Twelve candidates were interviewed in August and three were invited to campus for interviews. He replaces Paula Lutz, who will be stepping back to join the faculty on January 1, 2013.
"We are extremely pleased to have Nicol join us," said MSU Provost Martha Potvin. "He is a scholar, a highly talented and enthusiastic educator, and a skilled administrator. Colleagues and peers have the highest praise for him. We look forward to his leadership in the College of Letters and Science."
Rae will begin his duties at MSU on January 1, 2013.
"I'm really looking forward to working at MSU," Rae said. "The faculty, staff and students I met were inspiring, and it will be great to hear more about their ideas for taking the College of Letters and Science to the next level of excellence. Great things are happening at MSU."
Tracy Ellig, MSU Communication, (406) 994-5607, firstname.lastname@example.org