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Cherry named associate dean for MSU College of Letters and Science

December 4, 2014

David Cherry, a professor of history and the current department chair in the Montana State University Department of History and Philosophy, has been selected as the new associate dean for student success and curriculum in the MSU College of Letters and Science. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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David Cherry, a professor of history and the current department chair in the Montana State University Department of History and Philosophy, has been selected as the new associate dean for student success and curriculum in the MSU College of Letters and Science.

Cherry teaches a variety of courses, including courses on ancient Rome, ancient Greece and western civilization. He has also taught the senior capstone course for the liberal studies program, and currently teaches a section of the college’s first-year seminar. In 2001, he won the College of Letters and Science Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2003, he was the recipient of MSU’s James and Mary Ross Provost’s Award for Excellence, awarded to faculty with superior scholarship and research credentials teaching first year, sophomore or core courses.

Cherry’s 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.

Cherry also has served in many university leadership positions. He was involved in the development of MSU’s current core curriculum. He has helped create MSU’s liberal studies and American studies programs. He currently serves as the director of the liberal studies program.

Cherry is the chair of the University Library Committee, a group he has been involved with since 1995. For many years, Cherry served on the advisory committee for the college’s first-year seminar course, and has been chair of the Department of History and Philosophy since January 2011. He was the department’s graduate program coordinator from 1998 to 2004.

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Before coming to MSU in 1992, 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.

Cherry will replace Melody Zajdel who retired at the end of November.

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