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Kent Sandstrom
Kent Sandstrom

Kent Sandstrom was named Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at NDSU on July 29, 2011.  He was previously Head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Executive Officer of the Midwest Sociological Society.  Dr. Sandstrom is currently serving as co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, which is widely recognized as a flagship journal that publishes research based on ethnographic methods.

Dr. Sandstrom has published 7 books, 19 refereed articles and chapters, 10 chapters and essays, and 11 book reviews. He has also presented more than 70 papers at professional conferences.  Dr. Sandstrom earned his master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from the University of Minnesota.  He began his career as an instructor in the University of Minnesota's sociology department.

Among Dr. Sandstrom's honors are UNI’s James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award, the President’s Special Award from the Midwest Sociological Society, UNI's Outstanding Teaching Award, UNI's Distinguished Professional Service Award, and the Human Rights Leadership Award from the UNI student chapter of Amnesty International.

For more information about Dr. Sandstrom’s professional activities, see his curriculum vitae at the following link:  Kent Sandstrom

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Elizabeth Birmingham was appointed Associate Dean of the College in January 2012.  She earned her doctorate in rhetoric and professional communication from Iowa State University and has been a faculty member in the Department of English at NDSU since January 2001.

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Cathy Heiraas is the Assistant to the Dean. She received her bachelor's degree in Business from North Dakota State University in 1981. She has been at NDSU since 1974. E-mail Cathy at

Nancy Nelson joined the staff in the Dean's Office in 2007 as the Administrative Secretary.  She also serves as the primary contact for the publications of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies.  E-mail her at  

Keri Drinka is the Director of College Advancement for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and also for the College of Science and Mathematics.  She received her bachelor's degree in English from NDSU and began her dual assignment in the colleges in 1996.  E-mail Keri at


Linda Fricker has been the AHSS Academic Advisor since 2008.  Prior to that she was a Senior Lecturer in NDSU's English Department.  She can help students with questions about registering or withdrawing from classes, changing majors, writing an appeal, or required classes for general education for the College of AHSS and any AHSS major.  She is also the coordinator for the college's UNIV 189 classes and for the AHSS Community in Pavek Hall.  Linda received NDSU's first Outstanding Professional Advising Award in 2013.  Her office is in Minard 204B and she can be reached at 701-231-9763 or

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