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Interim Dean Named for College of Arts and Humanities
Kimberly E. Contag will be interim dean effective July 1.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-11-2014
Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Office of Academic Affairs announced that faculty member Kimberly E. Contag, a professor of Spanish and since 2007 the coordinator of graduate studies in the university’s Department of World Languages & Cultures, has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.
Contag’s appointment is effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. She will report to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn J. Wells. Contag’s appointment was announced after an internal search process.
As interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Contag will serve as the chief administrator and executive officer for the College. The dean provides vision and leadership for the College, overseeing academic program quality, faculty development and achievement, department chair leadership, student learning and success, and administration of budgets, facilities and resources. The dean is responsible for administering College priorities in alignment with the strategic directions and goals of the division of Academic Affairs, University, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Contag has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including both faculty and administrative appointments. She joined Minnesota State Mankato in 1992. Her administrative experience includes serving as chair of the Department of World Languages & Cultures from 2000 to 2006 and interim assistant vice president of undergraduate studies from 2009 to 2010.
Contag’s major scholarly accomplishments include numerous publications and presentations, grants and multiple honors and awards. In 2014, Contag received Minnesota State Mankato’s Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, and in 2008, she received the Kearney International Center’s Global Citizen Award.
Contag earned doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota. Her doctorate was in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian languages, literatures and linguistics and her master’s degree was in Spanish literature with a Portuguese minor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies from Iowa State University.
Prior to joining Minnesota State Mankato, Contag held faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma, Carleton College, and University of Minnesota.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.