New Faculty 2012-13

Visit Mary Aagard

Mary Aagard
Assistant Professor/Librarian, Albertsons Library
Mary C. Aagard came to Boise State University in 2012 as the access services librarian at Albertsons Library. She earned her master of library science from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and a B.A. in media arts studies from Brigham Young University. Before coming to Boise State, Aagard worked at Purdue University Libraries as a reference librarian and circulation manager in the life sciences library, and as a special project librarian continuing a serial titles de-selection project using WorldCat Collection Analysis and a methodology she had developed as a graduate student intern. At Boise State she is responsible for all circulation and reserve activities and is the library liaison to the Department of Communication.

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Visit Carolyn Adams

Carolyn Adams
Assistant Professor/Librarian, Albertsons Library
Carolyn Adams came to Boise State University in 2012 as a member of the Reference faculty at Albertsons Library. She has a master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to Boise State, Adams was head of library services at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, where her responsibilities included circulation, stacks and automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) management, interlibrary loan, and electronic reserves. She has experience in general and business library reference and instruction, and has published and presented about library automation, electronic reserves and managing employees.

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Visit Allan Albig
Allan Albig
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Dr. Allan R. Albig joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University in 2012. He has a Ph.D. from the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University, and a B.S. in genetics and cell biology from the University of Minnesota. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Medical Center in Denver, and at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora, Colorado. Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Albig was a physiology professor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. His primary research interests are in vascular biology, cancer, angiogenesis and the extracellular matrix. Vascular abnormalities are associated with at least 70 different human diseases, including heart disease and cancer, and the overall goal of his research is to better understand diseases that are characterized by insufficient or excessive angiogenesis. Dr. Albig also serves as a reviewer for Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, Experimental Cell Research and Journal of Molecular Cancer.

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Visit Michael Allen

Michael Allen
Assistant Professor, Political Science
With a B.A. in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Binghamton University (SUNY), Dr. Michael A. Allen, joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Boise State University in 2012. He spent the previous year as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Allen’s main areas of study are in world and comparative politics and his research interests include asymmetric relationships in world politics, the economics of war-making, and civil conflict and terrorism. His teaching interests include all aspects of world politics and international relations, and research methodology. He serves as a manuscript reviewer for the International Studies Quarterly and the American Journal of Political Science, and he maintains professional affiliations with the American and Midwest Political Science Associations the International Studies Association, and the Peace Science Society.

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Visit Kelly Bilinski Arispe

Kelly Bilinski Arispe
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Dr. Kelly Bilinski Arispe graduated in June 2012 with a Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics with a designated emphasis in second language acquisition from the University of California, Davis, and joined the Modern Languages faculty at Boise State University later that summer. She also has an M.A. in Hispanic linguistics from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. from George Fox University with a double major in Spanish and international studies. Dr. Bilinski Arispe is interested in the potential that new technologies and tools have to enhance the language learning experience. Her dissertation research elucidated the interplay between three important aspects of second language acquisition: computer assisted language learning, lexical acquisition, and learner autonomy. She also is interested in developing a Spanish intermediate-level multimedia online textbook, and in measuring language development in study abroad programs.

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Visit Nicole Bolter
Nicole Bolter
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Dr. Nicole Bolter joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University in 2012. She has a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in sport and exercise psychology, an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in educational psychology, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Bolter was a full-time kinesiology lecturer at San Francisco State University, and during graduate school was a research assistant in sport and exercise psychology, where she worked on longitudinal evaluation research of “The First Tee,” a positive youth development program designed to teach children and adolescents life skills through golf. She was a National Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American golfer for three years at Berkeley, and worked as an LPGA assistant golf professional for three years following graduation. Dr. Bolter's dissertation title was “Coaching for Character: Mechanisms of Influence on Adolescent Athletes' Moral Development,” and her research focus continues to be the development of character through sports participation.

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Brittany Brand
Assistant Professor, Geosciences - January 2013
Dr. Brittany D. Brand is a physical volcanologist who came to the geosciences faculty at Boise State University in 2013 from the University of Washington, where she had been a research scientist and lecturer. She has a Ph.D. in geology from Arizona State University, where her dissertation title was “Mafic Phreatomagmatic Volcanism and Density Current Dynamics.” Whe also has an M.S. in geology from Boise State University, and a B.S. in geology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Brand has a wide range of research interests including magmatic processes, eruption dynamics and volcanic hazard assessment. The foundation of her research is field-based observation and measurement, and fieldwork has taken her to New Zealand, Iceland, Italy, Chile and the Canary Islands, as well as throughout the western United States. She explores pyroclastic transport mechanisms in both small (phreatomagmatic) and large explosive eruptions with the overall goal of bridging the gap between numerical models and field data, and advancing our knowledge of and ability to assess the hazards related to these dangerous phenomena.
Visit Ann Butt

Ann Butt
Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing
Prior to joining the ranks of tenure-track clinical faculty in the School of Nursing in 2012, Ann Butt was an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Boise State since 2006. She also worked as an RN and house supervisor for Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. Butt earned a B.A. in health education and biology from Concordia College, a B.S. in nursing from Creighton University, and an M.S. in nursing education from Idaho State University. She is a participant in the Health Information Technology Scholars Program, a distance simulation project developing online unfolding case studies that will culminate in live simulation experiences where students will be encouraged to use clinical judgment skills.
Visit Michele Carney
Michele Carney
Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies
Dr. Michele Carney joined the faculty of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies in the College of Education at Boise State University in 2012. Prior to this appointment she served as the associate director of the Initiative for Developing Mathematical Thinking through the Center for School Improvement at Boise State, and as a professional development contractor for the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction program for the Idaho State Department of Education. Dr. Carney also has served as the Meridian (Idaho) Joint School District’s mathematics curriculum coordinator and secondary math academic coach, and taught high school math and science. She received her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Boise State in 2002, her Ed. specialist in educational leadership from University of Idaho in 2007, and her Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in 2011. Her main focus has been in professional development for teachers of mathematics. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and maintains memberships in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, and the American Educational Research Association.

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Visit Thaddieus Conner
Thaddieus Conner
Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Tad Conner came to Boise State University in 2012 to teach in the Master of Public Policy and Administration Program. He completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Oklahoma earlier that year where he concentrated on public administration, public policy, and American politics. He also has an MPA from New Mexico State University, and a B.A. in political science from Concord University. Dr. Conner's dissertation was titled “Collaboration and Indian Education: Exploring the Relationship Between Tribes and Public Schools,” and his research interests include collaborative public management, bureaucratic politics, intergovernmental relations, education policy, tribal politics and administration, and race and ethnic politics. He serves as a reviewer for Business and Politics, and Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, and as a co-editor for Indigenous Policy Journal. He also maintains memberships in the American, Midwest, Oklahoma, and Southwest Political Science associations and the Western Social Science Association.

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Visit Samuel Coskey

Samuel Coskey
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Samuel Coskey joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University in 2012. Originally from Seattle, he has two bachelor’s degrees, in mathematics and computer science, from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Before coming to Boise State he served as a postdoc at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and did research at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Germany, where he collaborated with the logic group at the University of Bonn. Dr. Coskey’s dissertation research was in countable Borel equivalence relations; specifically the classification problem for torsion-free abelian groups of finite rank. He has since studied some aspects of the structure of the Borel equivalence relations as a whole, and his recent research interests include a variety of questions involving classification problems from other areas of math and logic, including algebra, model theory, analysis, infinitary logic and computability theory.

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Visit Megan Davis

Megan Davis
Assistant Professor/Librarian, Albertsons Library
Megan Davis joined the Reference faculty of Albertsons Library at Boise State University in 2012. She has a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in biology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Before coming to Boise State, Megan was a health sciences librarian at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she staffed the reference desk and conducted library instruction sessions. For one recent research project she collaborated with a library colleague, several local high school library media specialists and a graphic designer to create an online information literacy tutorial in an effort to bridge the gap between high school and university-level research. This tutorial currently is in use at the state level in Utah, and has been marketed on a larger scale across the country.

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Visit Whitney Douglas

Whitney Douglas
Assistant Professor, English
After teaching and serving as the coordinator of composition at Marshall University in West Virginia for four years, Dr. Whitney Douglas returned to Boise State University in 2012 as a member of the rhetoric and composition faculty in the Department of English. Her teaching concentrations are in women’s and feminist rhetoric, community literacy, composition theory and pedagogy, and nonfiction writing. In her research, Dr. Douglas seeks to engage community audiences and/or address community needs, while focusing on the field of composition and rhetoric. She currently is working on articles about the use of writing in a women’s studies service learning class and the activist literacy practices of Nebraska women suffragists. She has a B.A. in English and Latin American studies from Weber State University, an M.A. in English from Boise State University, and a Ph.D. in English (composition and rhetoric), along with a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Visit Royce Hutson

Royce Hutson
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Dr. Royce Hutson came to Boise State University in 2012 as a member of the School of Social Work faculty. He has a Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MSW from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. Before coming to Boise State he taught at Wayne State University and spent a year as a visiting professor at Lebanese American University in Beirut. Dr. Hutson’s work has been presented to numerous governments around the world on topics related to armed conflict, human rights abuses, social exclusion and poverty. His research has a particular emphasis on how these phenomena are associated with other poor social outcomes with an eye toward development to address these drivers. Dr. Hutson is a specialist in survey methodology, armed conflict, human rights, and community development and has focused on these issues related to the United States, Haiti, Lebanon, and the Palestinian refugee camps.

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Visit Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson
Assistant Professor, Geosciences
Dr. Jeffrey B. Johnson came to Boise State University in 2012 as an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences. His Ph.D. in Geophysics is from the University of Washington, and his M.S. in geophysics and B.S. in geological and environmental sciences are both from Stanford University. Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Johnson was a research professor at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he was pursuing research related to multi-disciplinary geophysical volcano studies, atmospheric tomography, and thunder from electrical storm activity. His research has taken him to field locations throughout the world including Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile, Costa Rica, Antarctica, Russia, Pakistan, Idaho, New Mexico and Hawaii. His recent work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

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Visit Suzan Kardong-Edgren
Suzan Kardong-Edgren
Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair, Associate Research Professor, Nursing
Dr. Suzan Kardong-Edgren earned a B.S. in nursing from the University of Nevada Reno, an M.S. from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, and a Ph.D. in health education from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She came to Boise State University in 2012 as the new Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair research professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Kardong-Edgren’s clinical practice spanned 17 years, including five years in the USAF Nurse Corps, staff and head nurse positions in labor and delivery, nursery, neonatal intensive care, medical-surgical and orthopedic units, and she now is heavily involved in simulation and CPR research. She is a sought after speaker, both nationally and internationally, on simulation and its use in education. She serves and chairs several simulation projects and committees for various organizations and was the recipient of the Deborah Spunt Endowed Lectureship of the National League for Nursing in 2011. She is a member of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and serves as editor in chief of the journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

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Visit Kelsey Keyes
Kelsey Keyes
Assistant Professor/Librarian, Albertsons Library
Kelsey Keyes joined the faculty of Albertsons Library at Boise State University in 2012. She graduated with her master’s of library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Kelsey also has a master’s in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and two bachelor of arts degrees, in English Literature and French, from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. From 2010-2012 Kelsey was the Assistant Librarian at the College of Idaho’s N.L. Terteling Library, while also working part-time as an adjunct librarian at Boise State. She enjoys developing and teaching discipline-specific library instruction and collaborating with faculty to create assignments that effectively integrate the library into coursework. Kelsey’s work with state and regional associations has included serving on the Southwest Idaho Library Association Conference Planning Committee in 2010-2011, and as Vice-President/President Elect of the Pacific Northwest Library Association for 2012-2013.
Visit Laura King

Laura King
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Dr. Laura L. King has a B.A. in Spanish with a double minor in French and psychology from Allegheny College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation explored public attitudes toward sex crimes. Dr. King joined the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University in 2012 after completing her Ph.D. While at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she was an instructor in criminology and presented guest lectures about prison rape, the ethics of sex offender castration, and women's prisons. Her research interests include quantitative research, survey methodology, advanced statistical analysis, sexual violence, violence against women, and social stratification and crime.

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Visit Lan Li
Lan Li
Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Dr. Lan Li joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University in 2012. She has a Ph.D. in Nanomaterials and an M.Phil. in Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics, both from the University of Cambridge. Her earlier education includes a B.S. in Electronics and a Certificate in Study and Communication from the University of Central Lancashire, and a Certificate in Japanese from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Li was a senior fellow in the Functional Properties Group of Ceramics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and an assistant professor at the Center for Materials Informatics at Kent State University. Her current research interests include the theoretical and computational studies of materials by design for energy and sustainability applications, and teaming researchers with interdisciplinary backgrounds to develop high-performance, low-cost and environmentally friendly advanced materials for fuel-efficient transportation thermoelectric systems which can efficiently convert waste heat into electricity. Dr. Li is an active member of The Mineral, Metals and Materials Society, the American Physics Society, and the Materials Research Society. She has reviewed proposals for the National Science Foundation and papers for APS journals, and has served as a symposium/workshop/roundtable organizer and chair for professional meetings and conferences.

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Visit Eric Lindquist
Eric Lindquist
Associate Professor and Director, Public Policy Center
Dr. Eric Lindquist came to Boise State University in 2012 as the director of the Public Policy Center. His B.S. in geography, MUP in urban and regional science, and Ph.D. in Political Science were all earned at Texas A&M University, and he worked there from 1994-2012 as a research scientist, an adjunct professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, and most recently as associate director of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. Dr. Lindquist's professional and teaching interests include public policy processes and agenda setting, environmental policy and planning, science and technology policy and politics, transportation planning and policy, and intergovernmental relations and policy implementation. His recent projects have been in the area of climate change, the use of climate science in intergovernmental decision making, the public understanding of science in regard to global climate change, and nanotechnology. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for Policy Studies Journal, Review of Policy Research, and Regional Environmental Change, and on proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation.

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Visit Trevor Lujan

Trevor Lujan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
With a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Utah, Dr. Trevor J. Lujan joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University in 2012. He has taught biomaterials science and biomechanics and his research includes projects in cartilage engineering, traumatic brain injury and soft-tissue mechanobiology. Dr. Lujan’s work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. He has written and presented his findings widely and has served as an invited reviewer for a number of journals, including Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Connective Tissue Research and Journal of Applied Biomechanics.

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Visit Partha Sarathi Mukherjee

Partha Sarathi Mukherjee
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Partha Mukherjee joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University in 2012. His education includes bachelor’s and master of statistics degrees from the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to Boise State, he spent a year as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Mukherjee’s research interests include biomedical image analysis including MRI and fMRI imaging, analysis of tensor-valued images, jump regression analysis, and its applications, and statistical process control. His consulting work has included studying the influence of APOE4 and APOE3 genes and air pollutants on Alzheimer’s disease and the analysis of data for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.

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Visit Raymond Mullenax


Raymond Mullenax
Clinical Professor, Social Work
Ray Mullenax was adjunct faculty and the field coordinator at Boise State before his new appointment in 2012 as field director for the School of Social Work. He will teach the MSW seminar and serve as field liaison for social work students doing field internships. Mullenax completed his MSW at Boise State after earning a B.A. in philosophy from Mt. Angel College in St. Benedict, Oregon. He worked as a social worker and clinician for the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare and the Casey Family Programs before coming to Boise State.
Visit Cheryl Oestreicher
Cheryl Oestreicher
Head of Archives and Special Collections, Albertsons Library
Dr. Cheryl Oestreicher has a master of library and information science degree from Dominican University (College of St. Catherine) and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in modern history and literature from Drew University, where her dissertation was titled “The Quest for Happiness: An Analysis of Joshua Loth Liebman’s Peace of Mind.” She came to Albertsons Library at Boise State University in 2012 as the head of special collections and archives. Before coming to Boise State, she was a project archivist at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, Georgia. There she managed the arrangement and description of the Andrew J. Young Papers, the Jean Childs Young Papers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Atlanta Branch Records, and the Center for Democratic Renewal Records. She also has been a project archivist at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Jazz Archive and contemporary poetry collections, managed the Drew University Archives, and held the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles archival fellowship at Princeton University’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Her overall goal as an archivist is to engage researchers, provide access, and increase the use of archival collections.

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Visit Susan Park

Susan Park
Assistant Professor, Management
Susan Park has been teaching at Boise State University since 2000. She earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Idaho College of Law, and a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a licensed attorney and member of the Idaho State Bar. Before joining the Boise State faculty, she practiced law in Boise for the firm of Park, Redford, Thomas, and Burkett and served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Bakes at the Idaho Supreme Court. Her areas of interest are in social media and employment law, copyright enforcement and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and teaching and student engagement. Park is the 2011-2012 president-elect of the Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (PNALSB) and served as the regional organization’s delegate to the Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2011 national conference in New Orleans.

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Visit Joelle Powers
Joelle Powers
Associate Professor, Social Work
A former school social worker, Dr. Joelle Powers earned her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Social Work. She worked as the director of student services in the Durham Public Schools overseeing the district’s social workers, school psychologists and counselors, and organizing the professional development offered to these groups. She then became a professor and associate dean of academic affairs at her alma mater. In 2012, Dr. Powers joined the faculty at the School of Social Work at Boise State University, where she oversees the graduate program. As a professor, her professional interests remain social work in schools, risk assessment, data-driven school interventions, child and adolescent mental health, and evidence-based practice. She maintains active memberships in the American Educational Research Association, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Social Workers, the School Social Work Association of America and the Society for Social Work and Research.

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Visit Vicki Stieha

Vicki Stieha
Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies
Dr. Vicki Stieha joined Boise State University in August 2011 as the director of the Foundational Studies Program, and was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies in 2012. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Cincinnati, an M.Ed. in English Secondary Education from Xavier University, and a B.S. in Communication from Florida State University. Her background in higher education includes the design and administration of curriculum and programs to enhance students’ academic success. Dr. Stieha’s research interests include analyzing the reshaping of the undergraduate curriculum to meet the needs and challenges of today’s students.

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Visit Meredith Taylor Black

Meredith Taylor Black
Assistant Professor/Director, International Business Programs
Dr. Meredith Taylor Black is the director of International Business Programs in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Dr. Black earned her Ph.D., summa cum laude, in the area of WTO trade law at the University of Bern in Switzerland, where she also completed a master’s in international law and economics at the World Trade Institute as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. In addition, her academic background includes a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law, and a B.A. in political science and certificate in health public policy from Duke University. Dr. Black’s research is focused on agriculture negotiations, subsidies, dispute settlement and development issues within the World Trade Organization.

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Charlene Taylor-Kindrick
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Dr. Charlene Y. Taylor-Kindrick joined the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University in 2012. Her B.A. in criminal justice is from Washington State University, and she earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Her dissertation analyzed gender-specific predictors of delinquency. Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Taylor-Kindrick worked as a trainer for program evaluation and effective correctional interventions for Los Angeles County Probation, and taught at California State University Bakersfield and Portland State University. As a consultant, she has provided technical assistance to corrections departments in states around the country regarding effective correctional interventions, risk assessment, cognitive behavioral interventions and motivational interviewing. Her research interests are in offender risk/needs assessment and prediction, evaluation of correctional interventions, correctional policy, developmental criminology, sex offenders, and correctional interventions with juvenile offenders, and her teaching interests are in corrections, criminology, research methods, statistics, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, and criminal law and procedures. Dr. Taylor-Kindrick maintains professional affiliations with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.

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Visit Tim Thornes
Tim Thornes
Assistant Professor, English
Dr. Tim Thornes joined the linguistics faculty in the Department of English at Boise State University in 2012. He earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Oregon, where he studied Northern Paiute grammar. His earlier experience includes a B.A. in English from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, three years working with the Peace Corps in Gabon and traveling across central Africa, and teaching linguistics at the University of Oregon and University of Central Arkansas. His work with the Paiute language began when he volunteered to work with the last speaker of Yahooskin, an undocumented dialect of Northern Paiute. He produced a beginner’s phrase book along with an ethnohistorical study for the Klamath Tribes of South-Central Oregon. He has presented and published widely on aspects of Northern Paiute grammatical structures while exploring their relationships both within the ecology of the language and from a cross-linguistic, typological perspective.

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Visit Joseph Tornello

Joseph Tornello
Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Bands, Music
Since 2011, Dr. Joseph Tornello has been the director of athletic bands and a member of the faculty in the Department of Music at Boise State University. His responsibilities include overseeing all athletic and pep bands, including the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band, conducting the All Campus Band, and teaching marching band techniques. Dr. Tornello holds bachelor and master of arts degrees from Virginia Tech and Jacksonville State University, respectively, and after many successful years teaching secondary instrumental music and percussion, he completed his DMA in wind band conducting at the University of Kentucky in 2012. He was Director of the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band at the 2011 MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Visit Justin Vaughn
Justin Vaughn
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Dr. Justin Vaughn came to Boise State University in 2012 as faculty in the Department of Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Texas A&M University and taught at Cleveland State University from 2007-2012. Dr. Vaughn has authored several studies of presidential politics, and his current research projects include examinations of the role popular culture plays in shaping the presidential image, empirical analyses of management theory as applied to the inner workings of the White House, and how presidents strategically utilize bipartisan rhetoric. He currently is working on a book about the rise of presidential policy czars and co-editing volumes on the rhetoric of Barack Obama and the linkage between popular culture, gender and the American presidency. He has done numerous interviews with media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera, and helped provide election night analysis of the 2008 presidential election for the Cleveland FOX affiliate. Dr. Vaughn has been a member of the executive council of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, and served as chair of the Executive Politics Section for the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in 2012.

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Visit Jaap Vos

Jaap Vos
Associate Professor and Director, Community and Regional Planning
Dr. Jaap Vos joined the faculty of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Boise State University in 2012. Formerly, he was an associate professor for the School of Urban & Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University. He holds a Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree in environmental science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Dr. Vos’ main interests include environmental planning, environmental justice and sustainable development. He has published articles about community participation, environmental justice and equity in planning. Much of his research has focused on the relationship between Everglades restoration and urban development in southeast Florida.

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Visit Emily Wakild

Emily Wakild
Assistant Professor, History
Dr. Emily Wakild joined the faculty of the Department of History at Boise State University in 2012. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and has a B.A. in history and politics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Her research interests include the social and environmental history of revolution in Latin America, the comparative history of conservation, and cultural understandings of climate history. Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Wakild taught at Wake Forest University in North Carolina where she led a summer study abroad program on nature conservation in Peru. She also has taught courses or studied in Ecuador, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico and Chile, and spent three years teaching middle school through the Teach for America program in deep South Texas.

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Visit Hui (Claire) Xiong

Hui (Claire) Xiong
Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Dr. Hui (Claire) Xiong joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State in 2012. Her current research interests focus on the synthesis and characterization of advanced functional nanomaterials for sustainable energy systems. She came to Boise after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory, where she worked on the development of novel nano-architectured electrode materials for energy storage and conversion. Dr. Xiong also spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where her research involved electrochemical characterization of micro-fabricated cathode materials for micro-solid oxide fuel cells. Her education includes an M.S. and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and electrochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.E. in applied chemistry and an M.S. in inorganic chemistry, both from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

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Visit Jennifer Weaver

Jennifer Weaver
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Dr. Jennifer Miner Weaver earned a Ph.D. in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine, and then spent several years as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina, studying the cognitive, emotional, and physiological contributors to early school success. She joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Boise State University in January 2012. Dr. Weaver also has an M.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon. Her research interests include parenting and the family’s role in children’s social development, how risks (such as parental mental health problems, divorce or inadequate parenting) in children’s environments may alter their developmental trajectories over time, and adoptive parent-child relationships.

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Visit A. J. Zenkert
A. J. Zenkert
Clinical Supervisor, Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies
Dr. A. J. Zenkert joined the clinical faculty in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundation Studies at Boise State University in 2012. He had been an adjunct instructor and research assistant in the College of Education while working on his doctorate at Boise State. In addition to an Ed.D. in curriculum, instruction and foundational Studies, he has an M.S. in Education from the Bank Street College of Education Leadership for Educational Change program in New York City and a B.A. in English and political Science from Drew University in New Jersey. Dr. Zenkert’s earlier experience includes teaching at the elementary and junior high levels, and serving as the associate head of school and dean of students at St. Philips Academy in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Zenkert maintains professional memberships in the American Educational Research Association, the Curriculum and Pedagogy Group, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice and the United States Lacrosse Association.

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