Miller, Moser to help expand international focus, teaching practices in Arts & Sciences

The largest academic college at Mississippi State University has added two faculty fellows to its administrative team in order to increase study abroad opportunities and increase focus on faculty teaching practices and student learning outcomes.

The College of Arts and Sciences appointed this month as faculty fellows Shane Miller, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures Department, and Kelly Moser, an associate professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures.

Shane Miller

Shane Miller

“Dr. Miller focuses on prehistoric archaeology of the Americas, the origins of agriculture in eastern North America, and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and geoarchaeology to make inferences about past human behavior. During his fellowship, he will be assisting in expanding our international focus including study abroad and related efforts. He will also advise on the college’s role in data science, drawing from his expertise in social data analytics,” said Dean Rick Travis, head of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A prehistoric archaeologist, Miller has been at MSU since 2014. He is the 2018 recipient of the C.B. Moore Award from the Southeastern Archaeological Conference and is one of the MSU Cobb Institute of Archaeology’s senior research associates, Miller has primary research interests in the Ice Age colonization of the Americas and the origins of agriculture in eastern North America. Miller holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from the University of Tennessee, as well as a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

Kelly Moser

Kelly Moser

“Dr. Moser’s research focus is on world language teacher development and teacher cognition. She has been instrumental in assisting language teachers at all levels in making transitions to remote teaching. During her fellowship, she will focus on student learning outcomes and faculty teaching practices as we work to identify strategies to improve learning and student retention,” Travis said.

With a Spanish and pedagogy focus in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Moser joined the MSU faculty in 2012. In 2020, she was named an America’s Languages Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named a 2020 Educator of Excellence at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching. Her research includes world language teacher development, teacher cognition and practice, world language teacher shortage and rural world language teacher preparation. Moser holds two master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Ph.D. from MSU.

MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 5,000 students, 323 full-time faculty members, nine doctoral programs, 14 master’s programs, and 27 undergraduate academic majors offered in 14 departments. It also is home to diverse units for research and scholarly activities, including natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. For more details about the College of Arts and Sciences, visit

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