Christine Shearer-Cremean has been named the 12th dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Montana State University Billings.
She joins the ranks of four other college deans, all of whom are women. That marks a continuation of her predecessor, Tasneem Khaleel, who served as the College of Arts and Sciences dean for the past decade. After a semester-long sabbatical, Khaleel will return as a science department faculty member in 2015.
“The deans at MSUB are an amazing group of smart, funny, articulate and powerful women,” Shearer-Cremean said in a news release, “and I’m pleased to join them.”
She begins her new job July 7.
Shearer-Cremean comes to MSUB from MSU Northern, where she served for the past two years as dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences and Nursing.
She previously served as the chair of humanities at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., and before that was the school’s director of composition and director of its Writing Center. She is also a past exit exam coordinator for Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from the University of Dayton and her doctorate in interdisciplinary rhetoric and writing in 1997 from Bowling Green University, all in Ohio.
Her appointment comes as the school works toward expansion of the 67-year-old Science Hall, which will add more than 31,000 square feet to the existing building and will house programs in both science and applied health.
The project, currently called Yellowstone Hall, will provide new space for interdisciplinary teaching, research and service-learning projects.
“I’ve been so impressed by the faculty and leadership on MSUB’s campuses,” Shearer-Cremean said. “People are truly engaged in the students and everyone works hard to foster student success. I’ve witnessed nothing but great communication and collaboration — there are no silos here.”
She said she hopes to deepen connections between MSUB and other institutions within Montana’s university system and also hopes to strengthen relationships with the Billings business community.
“I see wonderful opportunities to align MSUB’s mission and goals with the greater Yellowstone County region,” she said, “bringing a tradition of research, expertise and creativity to help address some of the challenges the community and surrounding areas face.”