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July 21, 2011 -- MSU News Service

Sue MonahanSue Monahan, an associate professor 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.

An organizational sociologist, Monahan's research focuses on how organizational structure shapes action on the ground. Her current work is supported by Montana INBRE (or IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) and examines the interrelationships among organizational structure, community characteristics and patient outcomes in hospitals. Her research has appeared in the most prestigious journals in her subfields, including Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Justice Quarterly, Theoretical Criminology, Addiction and Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

In addition to her organizations research, she has made contributions to the field of sociology of religion, most recently as co-author of the books "Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us About Religion in Our World" and "Sociology of Religion: A Reader 2nd Edition."

Monahan has been a faculty member at MSU since 1995, and served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2005 through 2009. She has taught a range of courses at MSU, including CORE 2.0 courses in the areas of diversity and social science, upper division sociology courses, research-based capstone courses, and interdisciplinary courses including CLS 101 and CLS 201. She also co-teaches a liberal studies seminar on science and religion with a colleague from the College of Agriculture.

Monahan also has been involved in a number of institutional initiatives. As one of the original co-PI's (principal investigators) of MSU's National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCE Leadership Award, she managed a three-year mini-grant program and organized numerous workshops designed to build community among MSU's women faculty.

She was also integrally involved in the development and implementation of CORE 2.0, where her work focused on diversity courses, first-year seminars, and the dissemination of information about the new core curriculum to faculty and students.

Representing MSU, Monahan led the Montana University System Sociology Transferability Council toward common course numbering.

And, she worked with the Athletics Department's One Team to strengthen the relationship between athletics and academics at MSU. Presently, she is working with the MSU Vice President for Research on a project to enhance social science research at MSU. She also designed and is implementing an exit Web-survey for faculty, on behalf of MSU's current ADVANCE Institutional Transformation proposal team.

Monahan earned her doctorate and master's in sociology from Stanford University. Her bachelor's degree is from Swarthmore College in sociology/anthropology and economics.

Monahan replaces Adele Pittendrigh, who retired in February. Monahan will begin her position on Aug. 15.

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