Dean's Office Directory
Dr. Idzerda is a professor of physics whose research focuses on understanding of the “spin” of the electron and its applications in very small-scale materials (nanomaterials). While the charge of the electron is the basis of electronics, the spin of the electron gives us magnetism and is at the heart of the evolution of electronics towards spintronics and advanced quantum materials. Dr. Idzerda arrived as a faculty member at MSU in 2000 and became the head of the department. Prior to that, he spent 15 years working as a researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory becoming the Head of the Artificially Structured Materials and Non-linear Physics Section. He has served in many leadership positions including President of the National User Facility Organization (NUFO) which represents the interests of all users who conduct research at U.S. scientific user facilities (approx. 47,000 users), as the General Chair for the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (the preeminent international conference on magnetism), as the Chair of the American Physical Society Committee on Meetings, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the International X-ray SocietyHe received two B.S. degrees (one in physics and one in electrical engineering) from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland. While at MSU, he received the Charles and Nora L. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research and the Cox Family Fund for Excellence Award. He has over 180 publications and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Associate Dean for Student Success and Curriculum
Dr. Cherry is a history professor whose 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. In addition to his excellent scholarship and work in the classroom, Dr. Cherry has served in numerous leadership positions at MSU. He was actively involved in the development of MSU’s current core curriculum. He was instrumental in the creation of both the Liberal Studies and American Studies programs, serving as director of Liberal Studies from 2005 to 2009 and director of American Studies from 2009 to 2014. He’s been very involved in the University Library Committee, acting as that group’s chair from 1995 to 2003 and again from 2013 to present. For many years, Dr. Cherry served on the advisory committee for the college’s first-year seminar course, and was the chair of the Department of History and Philosophy from 2011 to 2014. He was the department’s graduate program coordinator from 1998 to 2004. Before coming to MSU in 1992, Dr. 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.
Associate Dean for Faculty and College Affairs
Dr. Michelle Miley, the Director of the MSU Writing Center and Associate Professor in English, came to MSU in 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Houston where she served for eight years as the Assistant Director of Writing in the Disciplines. Dr. Miley continues to be research active and has been published in such venues as The Writing Center Journal, WLN: A Journal for Writing Center Scholarship, and Praxis. Her work has been included in edited collections such as The Writing Studio Sampler and Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies. For the past four years Dr. Miley has collaborated with faculty across MSU to integrate writing into STEM and to develop models of writing support for student writers. She has also served the College in several capacities, presently as a member of the CLS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. Dr. Miley’s work has focused on creating and supporting multidisciplinary, collaborative environments within the institution and she will have many new opportunities to serve and support the CLS community as the Associate Dean beginning January 1, 2022.