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People in the Dean's Office

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.  He also served as Co-Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) from 2009-2013.  JCE 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, 11 chapters and essays, and 10 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

E-Mail Dr. Sandstrom at
Phone:  701-231-8338


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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Lori Alvarez is the Assistant to the Dean.  She received her bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University in Nebraska in 1999 and joined NDSU in 2015. E-mail Lori at or contact her at 701-231-7857.

Nancy Nelson joined the staff in the Dean's Office in 2007 as the Administrative Secretary.  She also provides support services for Women and Gender Studies and is the  primary contact for the publications of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Press.  E-mail her at or phone 231-8338.

Monique Anderson is the Director of Development for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the College of Science and Mathematics.  She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Concordia College and a master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from NDSU.  Monique's office is located in Minard 202.  E-mail:  Phone 701-231-6131.

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 To schedule an appointment with Linda, click here. 

Melissa Vosen Callens is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Instructional Design for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  Dr. Vosen Callens assists AHSS faculty in creating active, meaningful, and intentional learning experiences for students.  She is currently developing a graduate level course in emerging trends in teaching and learning online.  She earned her doctorate in rhetoric, writing, and culture from NDSU, and her research interests include distance education, collaborative writing, and a wide variety of pop culture topics.  Her office is in Minard Hall 338-D10, and she can be reached at 701-231-7815 or

Scarlet Gray Bernard is Grant Coordinator for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and for the College of Human Development and Education.  She has a B.A. in English and Music from Valley City State University, and earned her Master of Arts in English from the University of North Dakota in 2008.  She has experience in writing for a newspaper, teaching college composition, developing shows and programs for planetariums, conducting community outreach, and writing grants.  As Grant Coordinator, Scarlet can provide support and training with the Pivot grant database, search for funding opportunities, liaise with Sponsored Programs Administration, review proposals, and support the grant writing process in general.  She has an office in Minard 204F and in EML 255E.  Email: or phone her at 231-8250.



Suzzanne Kelley is Assistant Professor of Practice and Editor in Chief for the Institute for Regional Studies Press. She has a BS in Applied Learning & Development from the University of Texas—Austin, an MA in history from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Certificate in Publishing from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a PhD in history from NDSU. Her publications include the co-edited anthology Paper Camera: A Half Century with New Rivers Press and peer-reviewed articles in The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly and New Plains Review. She has worked with state, national, and international journals, editing articles with a wide array of research topics including agriculture, politics, history, and Chinese studies. Since 2003, she has worked in all genres of literary and scholarly publishing, shepherding more than forty books through all stages of editing and production. She teaches courses in publishing and North Dakota history, and she blogs at Home & Away: A Travelogue from Places Near and Far. When she is not making books or teaching, she conducts scholarly research in the Great Plains, Australia, and New Zealand, discovering connections between memory and place. Dr. Kelley’s office is located in Minard 204F. Phone: 701-231-6848  E-mail:

Christina D. Weber is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at North Dakota State University.  Her work as associate dean involves the development of mentoring programs, particularly for new faculty in the college. In addition to her work in the college, she is a cultural sociologist with a focus on memory and social change. Currently, she is working on an historical ethnographic study on how photography and visual ethnography impacted and shaped historical understanding of the Great Depression. Her recently published book, Social Memory and War Narratives: Transmitted Trauma among Children of Vietnam Veterans, focuses on her work with memory, trauma and the generational impact of war.  In addition, she was just awarded a Humanities in the Public Square NEH grant for “Telling Stories, Creating Community,” a year-long project that will focus on initiating dialogues on the legacies of war in the Fargo-Moorhead and North Dakota communities.

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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8338 - Fax: (701) 231-1047
Campus address: Minard Hall 204
Mailing address: Dept 2300 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND  58108-6050
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 11:35:30 AM