Equity Advocate Program
The Equity Advocate Program at MSU is meant to enrich the network of resources that
are available to MSU faculty and staff by recognizing the already committed and caring
personell across campus as resources for others.
Equity advocates serve the campus community by contributing to the institutional transformation of MSU by promoting and enhancing fairness, equality, and inclusiveness for all faculty and staff.
- An Equity Advocate should value and promote diversity, possess good listening and communication skills, and be available for training and commit to the position for at least one year.
- This position provides a rich networking opportunity for faculty and staff, and is viewed as highly valuable service by the Provost and all Deans.
- All full time employees (Tenure Track, Non Tenure Track, and Staff) are qualified to serve as Equity Advocates.
Equity Advocates are available to:
- Talk with people about their equity concerns and experiences in an informal, non-judgmental setting
- Promote the values of inclusion and diversity embodied in the President's Commission on the Status of University Women, the MSU Strategic Plan, and the ADVANCE Project TRACS.
Responsibilities may include:
- Being accessible for people who may need a sympathetic ear to talk about experiences in an informal, non-judgmental setting—analogous to the “safe zone” members available to LGBTQ campus community.
- Attending 1-2 faculty search committee orientation meetings with HR, if needed.
- Helping departments with few women or minorities put together more diverse search and Promotion & Tenure committees and recruit and retain diverse faculty
- Promote the values of inclusion and diversity embodied in the President’s Commission on the Status of University Women, MSU Strategic Plan, and the ADVANCE Project TRACS
- Be informed on equity related policies, procedures, and resources on campus
Give us your feedback:
Meet your Equity Advocates:
629 Cobleigh Hall
AJM Johnson 211
338 Reid Hall
Cooley Labs 215
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Leon Johnson 412
217 Cooley Labs
181 Howard Hall
Dean of Students
Adam Arlint serves as the Assistant to the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Success at Montana State University. Adam came to us from Kalispell, Montana in 2008 as a freshman, and received his B.S. in Sociology in 2012. During that time he volunteered with Men Stopping Rape & Students Against Sexual Assault, served as a Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for the VOICE Center, and interned with the ACLU on LGBT advocacy. When Adam is not working, you can find him skiing, hiking, volunteering, and sporting his Blue & Gold. Go Cats!
Electrical & Computer Engineering
629 Cobleigh Hall
Allison Banfield currently serves as the System Administrator for Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering. She has worked at Montana State University for 26 years. Allison is an 1995 alumni of MSU with a Master's degree in Computer Science. Allison is also the First Robotics Operational Partner for the state of Montana. This involves hosting a state wide Championship each year for First Lego League and First Tech Challenge. Middle School and High School teams from around the state compete in the tournament.
AJM Johnson 211
Ann Bertagnolli received her PhD in English from Ohio State University and has focused her career on teaching, administration, and evaluation of programs. While at Ohio State University, in the position of Program Review Administrator through the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, she coordinated program reviews among the departments, colleges, and upper administration and negotiated Memoranda of Understanding for key participants. She served as Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at Carroll College (Helena MT) and Interim Director of the University Honors Program at Montana State University, and currently serves at the Program Coordinator for the MT INBRE program, where she has been for 12 years. She is experienced in developing networks and facilitating their continued growth and success and has been associated with the biomedical sciences, either through her administrative positions or work as an editor, for most of her career. In her current position, she also mentors faculty and students in developing research projects and programs.
Modern Languages & Literatures
Patricia Catoira is an Associate Professor of Latin American Studies in the deparment of Modern Languages and the Coordinator of the Latin American and Latino Studies program. She has published on issues of race, gender, and migration in Cuban literature. Her current research focuses on crime fiction in post-Cold War Central America.
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Chemistry/Biochemistry Bldg 351
Mary Cloninger is the Department Head and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. After receiving her H.S. at Texas Christian University she went on to get her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Cloninger had two postdocs, one at the University of Wisconsin Enzyme Institute and one at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Cloninger has received several awards and her research is based on key questions in chemical biology. How do cells "talk" to one another? What are the signaling mechanisms used to control cell functions? What processes mediate the adhesions and metastatic migrations of cancer cells? These complex natural processes can be studied by building and evaluating simpler model systems. The approach of Dr. Cloninger's research group is to synthesize synthetic multivalent frameworks for the study of cellular recognition events.
Lisa Davis is an Associate Professor of Mathematics with research interests in the areas of numerical methods for solving partial differential equations, sensitivity analysis and mathematical modeling of biological and ecological processes. Her research has received national funding from the NSF, DEPSCoR and AFOSR. During her career at MSU, she has taught courses ranging from first year calculus to graduate level courses in numerical analysis and linear algebra. She enjoys directing PhD students and is also active in advising and mentoring students involved in undergraduate research programs such as the Undergraduate Scholars Program and Montana INBRE.
Modern Languages & Literatures
Ada Giusti is Professor of French & Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. She teaches courses that span the entire French curriculum. Her research interests include service learning, and Contemporary French Civilization (immigration, poverty, French NGOs).
College of Business & Entrepreneurship
338 Reid Hall
Cooley Labs 215
I am an assistant professor in Microbiology and my research is focused on, Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite that infects the brain. Infection with T. gondii is acquired from cats or ingestion of contaminated meat and causes a mild to asymptomatic infection, but results in a latent infection in the brain that persists for the lifetime of the individual. The latent infection is usually asymptomatic but can reactivate resulting in serious illness in immunosuppressed individuals such as AIDS patients. Recent evidence also suggests the latent infection may have mild effects on human behavior and Toxoplasma infection has been suggested to be involved in development of Schizophrenia. The main projects in my lab involve: 1) studying the immune response to Toxoplasma gondii in the central nervous system with an emphasis on astrocytes, the predominant host cell for the parasite in the brain and an important immune effector cell in the brain, 2) investigating the cyst stage in cells of the brain and understanding the underlying mechanisms involved in the persistence latent infection in the brain and 3) investigating a link between Toxoplasma infection in the brain and development of Schizophrenia. My lab uses a variety of techniques to investigate these host cell/parasite relationships including immunofluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy, GFP labeling and live cell imaging, and microarray and proteomic approaches.
Megan Higgs has been an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences since 2008. As a statistician, she values interdisciplinary work with other researchers and focuses on the application of statistical inference to ecological and environmental problems. She collaborates with fellow faculty members, federal and state agencies, and graduate students from various departments, and her teaching reaches students from around campus. She is an undergraduate alumni of Montana State University and is happy to again be part of the land grant institution of her home state.
Carl Igo came to Montana State from his native Texas in 2004 to assume the duties of lead teacher educator in the Division of Agricultural Education. After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Education at Texas Tech University, he taught high school Agricultural Science and Technology for 11 years prior to completing his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University. In addition to instructing and supervising teaching candidates, he teaches a variety of technical, pedagogy and service courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His teaching includes on-campus, hybrid and fully online courses. He is the primary academic advisor for all Agricultural Education - Broadfield Teaching majors. Igo conducts basic and applied research related to agricultural literacy, curriculum development and applications of personality/temperament on student success. To reinvigorate himself for teaching, research and service, he enjoys spending time with his family, his dogs and his garden.
Andrea R. Litt
Lewis Hall 303
Andrea Litt is an assistant professor in the Ecology Department and her primary research interests include quantifying responses of animals to human activities and disturbance and exploring the mechanisms of those responses to develop tools for restoration. She and her students strive to collect information that can be used to develop practical solutions to ecological problems and to guide policy and management.
Film & Photography
Visual Communications Bldg 202
Dean of Engineering
History & Philosophy
Michael Reidy has been in the Department of History and Philosophy since 2000. His research and teaching interests focus on the history of science and technology, particularly the history of nineteenth century British exploration and science. He is currently researching how the sport of mountaineering changed the practice of science in the nineteenth century. One of his main scientist-mountaineers is the physicist John Tyndall, and he is also working on a collaborative project with twelve universities in four contries to publish all of Tyndall's correspondence (over 8,000 letters in 16 volumes). He also serves as the incoming Chair of Faculty Senate (2014-2015).
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Laura Stanley, received her B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Montana State University in Industrial Engineering. Her research interests include human factors in transportation safety, biomechanics, sustainability, and engineering education. She mentors graduate and undergraduate students in her human factors engineering lab and is a strong proponent for the undergraduate research experience via MSU's Undergraduate Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program, and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Additionally, she is a strong proponent for the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in engineering. She enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, photography, restoring vintage motorcycles, and traveling.
Christine Rogers Stanton
Reid Hall 141
Christine Rogers Stanton is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education and Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Education. Her main teaching and scholarly interests focus on social justice education and community centered participatory research. She has published works related to Indigenous epistemologies, multicultural education, participatory research methodologies, historical misrepresentations in curriculum, and place-based literacy to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. In addition to her professional duties, she enjoys international travel and outdoor pursuits.
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Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
Leon Johnson 412
David Weaver received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dalhousie University (1984) in his native province of Nova Scotia and his doctorate in entomology from McGill University (1990). He has been employed by MSU for 2 decades, making the transition from non-tenure track to tenure track and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. He conducts basic and applied research on insect pests of wheat production, with a focus on problems impacting state growers; part of MSU's Land Grant mission. He teaches graduate level Insect Physiology as part of the MS in Entomology and also teaches a senior level course in Integrated Pest Management on campus and as a distance offering for the on-line MS in LRES. His research focus is to develop integrated pest management for large-scale wheat production that capitalizes on endemic natural enemies and the strategic use of host plant resistance. Recognizing Montana's role in feeding a growing global population while limiting environmental impacts is complicated, so preventing losses due to pests is an obvious target. David has been active in a number of roles in faculty governance during his career at MSU.
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Stephanie Wettstein is an assistant professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department where her research focuses on catalysis and separations for improved energy production. She mentors graduate and undergraduate students in her lab and is the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and travelling to her home state of Wisconsin to visit friends and family.
Immunology & Infectious Diseases
217 Cooley Labs
Shannon Willoughby has been doing Physics and Astronomy Education Research at MSU for 8 years. In addition to teaching Mysteries of the Sky and lower level Physics courses, she also enjoys hiking, biking, fishing and camping with her family.
Since Fall 2011, Mike Wittie is a RightNow Technologies Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Montana State University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was advised by Professor Kevin Almeroth's and Professor Elizabeth Belding. Before joining UCSB Mike worked for Anzus Inc. in San Diego, who have since been acquired by Rockwell Collins. Before coming to San Diego, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Computer Science and a BA in Cognitive Science, cum laude. In his spare time he enjoys coaching judo and teaching/dancing Argentine tango.
A native Californian, William Wyckoff received his masters (1979) and doctoral (1982) degrees in geography from Syracuse University. Wyckoff has taught in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University-Bozeman since 1986, and his research interests continue to be in the historical and cultural geography of the American West. Wyckoff has published The Developer's Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape (Yale, 1988), The Mountainous West: Explorations in Historical Geography (Nebraska, 1995), Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western American Landscape, 1860-1940 (Yale, 1999), and On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape (University of Washington Press, 2006). He also coauthors Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development, an award-winning world regional geography textbook.
181 Howard Hall