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Eitle named associate dean for MSU College of Letters and Science

August 15, 2013

Tami Eitle has been named associate dean for program and curricular development in the MSU College of Letters and Science. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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Tami McNulty Eitle, an associate professor of sociology in the Montana State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been selected as the new associate dean for program and curricular development in the MSU College of Letters and Science.

Eitle's research focuses on racial and ethnic relations, education, health disparities and deviant behavior (crime and substance use). She has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal papers in the most prestigious journals in her field, including Social Science Research, Social Forces, The Sociological Quarterly, American Educational Research Journal and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. She has also contributed expert testimony in federal school desegregation cases, authored or co-authored three book chapters, and has given more than 20 invited talks or paper presentations.

Eitle is currently serving as the joint principal investigator with David Eitle, also an MSU sociology professor, on two National Institute of Drug Abuse grants. The first grant of $142,500, awarded in 2010, is being used to study racial disparities in substance use among adolescents in Montana. It was the first NIH grant awarded to a social scientist at MSU. Another $657,195 grant, awarded in 2012, is being used to explore how stress and stressful environments are associated with American Indian substance use, and whether the association between stress and substance use are similar for American Indian and White adolescents.

Eitle has served in a variety of leadership positions at MSU, including 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 adviser for undergraduate research projects.

At MSU, she has taught several undergraduate courses including: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Sociology of Education; Senior Thesis Capstone; Sociology of Health and Medicine; Introduction to Sociology; and Social Difference. Graduate level courses taught include: Sociology of Education; Race, Ethnicity and Education; Introduction to Statistics; Advanced Statistical Analysis (Regression); Analyzing Large National Data Sets, Research Methods; and Social Analysis of Race Relations.

Before coming to MSU in 2006, Eitle was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami. Eitle earned her doctorate and master's degrees in sociology from Indiana University. She holds two bachelor's degrees in sociology and personnel administration from the University of Kansas.

Eitle replaces Sue Monahan, who has been named as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore.

Jody Sanford (406) 994-7791, jody.sanford@montana.edu