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Dr. Neal Schmitt
Interim Dean

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College of Social Science

509 East Circle Drive, Room 203

Berkey Hall

(517) 355-6675

Neal Schmitt is the Interim Dean of Michigan State University's College of Social Science. Dr. Schmitt came to MSU as an assistant professor of psychology in 1974 and served as department chairperson from 2000 to 2010.

In addition to his role as interim dean of the college, is currently executive vice president for Polaris Assessment Systems and associate editor of two professional journals. He has worked with Ford Motor Co., the FBI and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and his research has been cited more than 18,000 times. 

Dr. Stephen Esquith

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Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

362 Bogue Street, room 524

Snyder Hall

(517) 355-0210

Dr. Stephen Esquith was appointed dean of the Residential College in Arts and Humanities in fall 2006. Prior to this appointment, he served as chair of the Department of Philosophy from 2000 to 2005. He has been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools, including an exchange program between local elementary school children in the United States and schoolchildren in a community school in Kati, Mali. 

Dr. Sherman Garnett
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James Madison College

842 Chesnut Road, Room 367

South Case Hall

(517) 353-6753

Dr. Sherman Garnett is the dean of Michigan State University's James Madison College. Previously, Garnett was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he directed projects on security and national identity in the former Soviet Union and Russian-Chinese relations. Garnett's interests include the former Soviet Union, especially Russian foreign and security policy; Ukraine; and comparative political and security issues for the post-Communist world. 

Robert Floden

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College of Education

620 Farm Lane, Room 501

Erikson Hall

(517) 355-1734

14-year faculty of Michigan State University, University Distinguished Professor Robert Floden became dean of the MSU College of Education on January 1, 2016. Floden also serves as co-director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State. He served as the associate dean of the College of Education in 1989.

Mr. Floden is one of the preeminent scholars in the areas of teaching, teacher education and how policy is linked to classroom practice. He has appointments across multiple study areas in the college, including teacher education, educational psychology, educational policy, mathematics education and measurement and quantitative methods. 

Dr. Leo Kempel

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College of Engineering

428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3410

Engineering Building

(517) 355-5133

Dr. Leo Kempel, acting dean of the College of Engineering, has been on the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty since 1998 and served as associate dean for research from 2008 to March 2013. His research is in the general area of applied electromagnetics with particular emphasis on conformal antennas, engineered materials, and measurement of electromagnetic properties of materials. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society. 

Dr. Christopher Long

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College of Arts and Letters

479 West Circle Drive, Room 320

Linton Hall

(517) 355-4597

Dr. Christopher P. Long is dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Long was previously associate dean for graduate and undergraduate education and professor of philosophy and classics in the College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University.

Long’s extensive publications in ancient Greek and contemporary continental philosophy include three books: The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian LegacyAristotle on the Nature of Truth, and an enhanced digital book, Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading. He is also cofounder of the Public Philosophy Journal, a project to create an innovative online space for digital scholarship and communication.

Dr. William Strampel

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College of Osteopathic Medicine

965 Fee Road, Room A308A

East Fee Hall

(517) 355-9616

In addition to serving as dean of Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr.  William Strampel is a professor of internal medicine. Previously, Strampel served as the college's interim dean and the college's senior associate dean. He also is the lead medical director of MSU HealthTeam. Before coming to MSU, Strampel was a special assistant to the U.S. surgeon general for operations and readiness; he also served as chief medical officer for the Tricare Management Activity and as director of quality management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Strampel was commander of the Brooke Army Medical Center and Great Plains Regional Medical Command, and was chief of the Quality Assurance Division, Department of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General.