March 1-3, 2006


ITEM 130-2002-R0306                Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Education upon Ramona Marotz-Baden; Montana State University-Bozeman


THAT:                                       Upon the occasion of the retirement of Ramona Marotz-Baden from the faculty of Montana State University, the Board of Regents wishes to express its appreciation for her service to the University, the Montana University System, and the people of the State of Montana.


EXPLANATION:                        Ramona Marotz-Baden was initially hired at MSU in1978 as an associate professor in the Department of Home Economics.  For the next 27 years Dr. Marotz-Baden focused much of her research on the intersection of work and family.  Her projects ranged from looking at the occupational socialization of pre-school, second, and fourth graders to the socialization of adolescents cross-culturally (blue and white collar and peasant families in the US and Mexico) and finally to adult children (intergenerational succession into family farm and ranch businesses) in the US and Canada.


Dr. Marotz-Baden brought a plethora of training and experience to her hire at Montana State University.  She completed her Bachelor�s degree in home Economics Education at the University of Idaho, her Masters degree in Home Economics from Montana State College, and her Doctoral degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Marotz-Baden also did post-graduate work at the Presbyterian Counseling Service in Seattle in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Dr. Marotz-Baden was well respected for her teaching, research and mentoring skills.  Dedicated to the art of helping students learn, she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, 2000, and 2005.  She also received the Influential Educator Award in 1996, 1997 and 2002.  Former students continue to praise her commitments to the teaching and learning process that they experienced at MSU.


Dr. Marotz-Baden was active in publishing in a variety of areas.  She authored numerous books, book chapters, journal articles, book reviews, conference papers and reports.  Topics of publication include courtship and marriage, exploring relationships, adolescent socialization, families in rural America, and family business.


Committed to the growth and well-being of the University, Dr. Marotz-Baden served on a long list of department, college and university committees.  She was a distinguished member of and held offices in a number of professional associations such as the National Council on Family Relations and the Family Science Association.


Dr. Ramona Marotz-Baden has served Montana State University and the State of Montana with distinction.  Her dedicated service has earned her the respect of students, colleagues and professional associates.


For these and other contributions, the Board of Regents of Higher Education is pleased to confer upon Ramona Marotz-Baden the rank of Professor Emeritus of Education at Montana State University and wishes her well for many years in the future.