He will remain as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences during the university's national search for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs, which will begin later this summer.
"As dean of the largest academic unit on our campus, Matt is well positioned to assume additional responsibilities in academic affairs until a permanent replacement is hired," said James W. Abbott, president of The University of South Dakota. "We want this transition to be as seamless as possible as we conduct our search for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs, and with Matt's experience and work ethic, we're certain that this will be a smooth transition for the university."
The Lohre Distinguished Professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2002, Moen serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences � a national organization of arts and sciences deans. He is also the organization's 2007 Program Committee chair.
Moen assumes the additional assignment as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs following the departure of Royce Engstrom, who has accepted a similar position at the University of Montana.
"I'm pleased to be able to assist USD in this period of transition as well as continue in my primary role on campus as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences," said Moen, a native of Sioux Falls.
Prior to joining USD, Moen taught American national politics at the University of Maine, authored or co-authored five books, served as president of the New England Political Science Association and as chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association. He resides in Vermillion and has a bachelor's degree from Augustana College and a Ph.D. from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma.