Boyd Martin’s vision of a synergistic institute that focused on international issues and why countries go to war is a wonderful ideal. He sought to transform people, the university, the country, and indeed the world. Until financial resources increase to a level where the entirety of Boyd Martin’s vision can be realized, it is necessary to focus on a subset of the projects he deemed important for the Institute to pursue. The avenue to follow at this time centers on providing transformational educational experiences for UI undergraduates, both within traditional global studies fields including international studies, political science, and business and in fields such as science, natural resources, and engineering. In this way the Institute can effectively serve a number of constituencies at the University of Idaho. This is linked to the CLASS Strategic Plan and the University's Strategic Plan.
To serve a select group of students intensively and directly through innovative programs while supporting a larger group of students extensively and directly through support of the International Studies degree program.
Intensive Service component:
Develop a core set of students whom the Martin Institute serves directly. Direct service will come in the form of:
- The Martin Scholar program, reaching 6-10 students per year;
- The Martin Academy, reaching 4-5 students per year and retaining them;
- The Martin Seminar program, reaching 15 students per year (via the Honors Program);
- The Model United Nations program, reaching 30-40 students each Spring;
- Seminars for both freshmen and seniors in the International Studies program.
Extensive Service component:
Continue to support the International Studies program through collaborative work in CLASS. Direct and indirect service will come in the form of:
- Courses such as IS 310, 325, 326, 350 and 410, among others, reaching 150+ students each semester;
- Continued development of online courses and the establishment of a minor in Contemporary Global Issues;
- Service on the IS Council of Administrators;
- Mentorship and advising beyond the academic advising sphere to 220+ IS majors;
- Organization of 4-6 Spotlight Seminars each semester;
- Study abroad scholarship funds.
Use Institute programs to support faculty engagement in interdisciplinary and inter-college scholarship as it relates to the contemporary international arena, particularly related to the causes of war and the conditions for peace. This will come in the form of:
- Continued publication of the Journal of the Martin School – International Studies;
- Course buy-outs and modest stipends for faculty involved in the Martin Scholar program, to be used in support of their research activities;
- Providing opportunities for international scholars whose work complements that of UI faculty to fill short term visiting appointments, with outside funding;
- Securing Martin Forum speakers whose expertise will complement UI researchers;
- Exploring partnerships with other universities, NGOs, and IGOs on programming and cutting-edge curricular design;
- Providing opportunities to UI faculty, among others, to participate in the Spotlight Seminar to discuss their research with IS majors.
Continue to provide the local and regional community with quality programming about international issues. This will entail the continuation of:
- The Martin Forum program, with 3-5 programs each academic year;
- The Visiting Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs program annually;
- Guidance and support for the Borah Foundation and its annual symposium to ensure the event fulfills the Borah mission;
- Collaboration in terms of teaching, research, and speakers with Washington State University (via the Honors College and Foley Institute);
- Development of the Martin Speakers Bureau which, in partnership with service clubs and perhaps the UI Extension Offices, will send IS majors to speak in cities and towns across the state;
- Work with college development officers to build annual and estate giving.
Continue to evolve the relationship of the Martin Institute and International Studies program with the university community as a whole. Above all, the Institute will work through issues vis-à-vis the university in a respectful manner. This will take the form of:
- Collaborative interaction with the IS Council of Administrators, the departments included in the Martin School, and the CLASS Council of Administrators;
- Recognition of faculty and staff from affiliated disciplines and programs who significantly impact Martin Institute programming and/or the IS curriculum;
- Actively supporting the nomination of students for college, university, and external recognition;
- Continuing to recognize students with departmental and Institute awards such as the Martin Memorial Award and the Chapman Award;
- Continuing to recognize a nongovernmental organization in our region with the Distinction in International Service Award;
- Continuing to prioritize advising and mentoring relationships;
- Effective inclusion of university administration in Institute meetings;
- Maximizing Institute programs to benefit a wide range of people and programs across disciplines;
- Coordinating the Martin Institute Club Coalition to maximize efforts with several student clubs;
- Providing space for the IS majors in which they can develop the kinds of relationships with peers and Institute staff once fostered by Boyd and Grace Martin.