New Associate Deans Named in CLASS
The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has hired two new associate deans as part of its leadership team. Mark Warner was named the associate dean for graduate studies and Diane Kelly-Riley was named the associate dean for research.
“Diane and Mark have already shown themselves to be great leaders and colleagues in the college,” said CLASS Dean Andrew Kersten. “I am grateful that they have decided to become associate deans. They each bring many talents that will advance CLASS’s strategic vision and goals. Working as a team, they will expand research opportunities, as well as grow our graduate programs. I am very excited to be able to work with them in these capacities."
Both associate dean positions began on Feb. 1, 2017 and are 50 percent appointments, allowing Warner and Kelly-Riley to continue their teaching and research within their departments.
Warner began working at UI in 1998 and served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 2013. He previously taught at Miami University in Ohio. While rising in ranks as a professor, Warner also served as the associate director of the University Honors Program (2004-2008), principal investigator for the Sandpoint Archaeology Project (2009-2013), and visiting instructor at the Unversitat d’Alacant in Spain (2013).
While Warner sees his greatest achievement at UI as the numerous students he has taught in his classes, he views his role as associate dean as a chance to expand this impact.
“During my time at Idaho, I have chaired or served on over 60 graduate degree committees,” Warner said. “My new role will considerably broaden the scope of my involvement in graduate education.”
Likewise, Kelly-Riley looks forward to expanding her impact in the college and across the institution.
“I’m also looking forward to fostering connections between scholars, researchers and artists,” she said. “CLASS faculty produce top notch research and creative work that isn’t always quantifiable through grant dollars. I hope to advocate for more expansive metrics to represent the diversity of research, scholarship and creative activity produced by our faculty.”
Kelly-Riley has been an assistant professor of English and the director of composition at UI since 2013. Before coming to UI, Kelly-Riley directed the Washington State University Writing Assessment Program and the WSU Writing Program. Last summer, Kelly-Riley and her English 440 students helped the Washington, Idaho, Montana Historic Railway Preservation Group secure a $25,000 grant to complete the renovation of the Historic Potlatch Railway Station in Potlatch, Idaho. She also led Idaho ENACT, a project between high school English and postsecondary composition faculty to better articulate expectations to help prepare students for postsecondary study.
“CLASS has a strong track record of fulfilling the university’s land-grant mission of providing practical higher education to students and conducting research and creative activities that enable us to engage with Idaho communities to promote a broader cultural heritage,” she said. “I’m excited to be part of a college with a strong legacy of outreach and education within Idaho's premiere research institution.”