MSU's Family Advocate position was established in 2009 with support from the President's Office, the Provost's Office, and the Women's Faculty Caucus. First titled "Parent Advocate", the name changed in 2011 to better reflect the diversity of family issues experienced by faculty, students and staff across the lifespan. 

The role of the Family Advocate is to: 

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  1. Help parents and other family members navigate the University System and learn about MSU's policies and programs available to meet their individual and family needs. 
  2.  Serve as a "first stop" for faculty, students, and staff to receive information regarding who to contact with questions about current programs such as:
    1. Family and medical leave across the lifespan 
    2. Child-birth and adoption  
    3. Breastfeeding
    4. The Family Care Room (see righthand side of this page) 
    5. Child Care on Campus or in Bozeman

Student Family Support is available through the Return-to-Learn Student Family Resources.

Looking for a partner accomodation? Visit the Faculty Hiring Page

Contact a Family Advocate for details: [email protected]

Faculty Family Advocate

Sara Rushing

Sara Rushing

Associate Professor of Political Science

Faculty Job Candidate Family Advocates

Bridget Kevane

Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures

Michelle Miley

Director, Writing Center, Associate Professor, English

Andreas Thorsen

Assistant Professor, Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Myleen Leary

Associate Professor, Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Zach Bean

Assistant Professor, English