Kevane named associate dean for MSU College of Letters and Science
Bridget Kevane, a professor of Spanish and coordinator of MSU’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program, has been selected as the new associate dean for faculty affairs in the MSU College of Letters and Science.
Dr. Kevane’s research focuses on Latino/a studies, specifically the literature, culture and history of Latino communities in the United States. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written four books, including her most recent, The Dynamics of Jewish Latino Relationships: Hope and Caution, which was published in August by Palgrave Pivot. Her scholarship is of the highest caliber as evidenced by her success in obtaining financial support for her research from MSU and external funding sources. She was awarded sabbatical for the 2005-2006 and 2013-2014 academic years.
She teaches a variety of courses, including “U.S. Latino Cultures,” a seminar on “Modern Hispanic Literature” and Spanish language courses for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She was recognized for her efforts mentoring students with a 2013 MSU Alumni Foundation/Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence.
In addition to her excellent scholarship and work in the classroom, she excels at community outreach and engagement. She coordinates Modern Language 492, a supervised practicum for upper division Spanish language students where the students provide language instruction in the elementary schools in the Bozeman school district. MSU students follow a prepared curriculum, teaching Spanish in their assigned elementary school classrooms once per week.
Dr. Kevane also served as an advisor for Tías y Tíos, an outreach program for the Latino community in the Gallatin Valley. Tías y Tíos included adult ESL classes, after school tutoring, college workshops and more. She independently does parent/teacher confidential translating for the ESL coordinator for the Bozeman school district. In addition, she works with Community Health Partners on a community health workers program to provide better health care access for Latino communities in West Yellowstone and Belgrade. She has received several awards in recognition of her outreach work, including the 2007 President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning, the 2008 Provost’s Excellence in Outreach Award and the College of Letters and Science’s Excellence in Outreach Award in 2008.
Dr. Kevane has served in leadership positions at MSU that are too numerous to list, including serving as the department chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures from 2006 to 2012 and as the co-director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor since 2014. She has been a tireless advocate for female faculty, staff and students at MSU, receiving the Women’s Faculty Caucus Mentor Award in 2009. For 2016, she won the Betty Coffey Award, which is presented each year to a member of the MSU community who demonstrates achievement in incorporating women’s perspectives in the curriculum and achievement in developing academic programs that contribute to the elimination of persistent barriers to the success of women.
Dr. Kevane will replace Tami Eitle, professor of sociology, who has served as an associate dean in the College of Letters and Science since August 2013. She will begin her new position on January 15, 2016.