Dr. Matthew Moen
Matthew C. Moen is Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Lohre Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Political Science.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics, along with a range of innovative team-taught, interdisciplinary, distance, and Honors classes. He is author/co-author of five books and many articles, attaining national prominence for scholarship on the role and impact of the Christian Right in American politics; twice he was elected chair of a five-hundred member scholarly division, and The Transformation of the Christian Right (1992) was named an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights.
Before joining USD in 2002, Moen spent sixteen years at the University of Maine, where he rose through the academic ranks to serve as Professor/Chair of Political Science and University of Maine System Trustee Professor. A former Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, he directed the Congressional Internship Program at UMaine. He also worked as Special Assistant to the President, participating in legislative liaison and chairing The Blue Ribbon Panel to Improve the Student Experience.
Over the years, Moen has held many leadership positions in professional organizations, such as President of the New England Political Science Association and Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association. In 2011, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed him to the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Humanities Council.
Most notably, Moen served as President of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) - the national organization of arts and sciences deans. Since his 2008 presidential address, entitled "Aristotle in an Era of Accountability," he has delivered speeches at service clubs and universities about the dilemmas facing liberal arts education in American higher education.
He received his B.A. from Augustana College and Ph.D. through the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. In 2005, Augustana honored him with its Alumni Achievement Award.