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College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences


CLASS Notes, March 14, 2017

Spring Break normally provides a moment to catch our breath and reflect. We have been having a great academic year. It’s been an award-winning spring… literally. The University Awards for Excellence were recently announced. Let’s congratulate our colleagues again:

University Distinguished Professor Rank, Granted
Kim Barnes, English - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Donald Crawford Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award
Alexandra Teague, English - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Faculty Excellence in Advising Award
Kacy Pula, Psychology & Communication - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Staff Excellence in Advising Award
Kristi Overfelt, Director of Student Services - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

The Hoffman Award in Teaching Excellence
Kristin Haltinner, Sociology & Anthropology - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Excellence in Teaching Award
Erin James, English - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Ellen Kittell, History - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Dr. Arthur Maxwell Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award - Faculty
Ryanne Pilgeram, Sociology & Anthropology - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

2017-2019 University Mid-Career Award
Jodie Nicotra, English - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

I hope everyone finds a moment to relax this week! 

— Andy

Dean Andy Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean


Administrative Changes

CLASS has appointed new associate deans. Mark Warner was named the associate dean for graduate studies and Diane Kelly-Riley was named the associate dean for research. Also, Ellen Kittell has been appointed interim chair of the History department.

Sabbatical Leave Applications for 2018-2019: Two Deadlines

The sabbatical leave application process for leaves to be taken during the 2018-19 academic year requires two deadlines:

  1. March 22, 2017. Application packets are due to the CLASS dean’s office by March 22 for review by Dean Kersten. Upon receipt of the packets at the dean’s office, applicants will be sent a letter from the dean evaluating their proposal. March 22 is an important deadline as preparation time is needed for generating the dean’s letters, which are a requirement in the application packet.
  2. March 31, 2017. Final sabbatical leave application packets (including the dean’s letter) must be emailed by applicants to Jeff Dodge,, chair of the Sabbatical Leave Evaluation Committee, by Friday, March 31. The instructions, application process and application form can be found in FSH 3720. Timelines are provided at the provost’s website under Helpful Sabbatical Documents.

Honorary Degree Nominations

Honorary degree nominations for December 2017 commencement are due April 15, 2017. See details on honorary degree nominations.

Professor Kelly Quinnett Receives Top Honor

Professor Kelly Quinnett, head of performance at UI Theatre Arts, was awarded the Golden Medallion, considered one of the greatest honors in theater education, during the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Denver, Colorado, in February. The award recognizes Quinnett for her extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theater and for her significant dedication, artistry and enthusiasm toward the development of KCACTF. It was one of 16 awards given to UI faculty and students during the annual festival.

Quinnett has been involved with the festival for more than 25 years and has held several positions including respondent, Irene Ryan auditor, vice chair of Region 7, chair of Region 7 and as chair curating the festival with nationally acclaimed guest artists and performances.

Kelly Quinnett
Professor Kelly Quinnett

Professor Caisley Play Goes International

Theatre professor Robert Caisley’s romantic comedy “Lucky Me” which continues to enjoy successful productions across the United States, had its European premiere this month at the Vana Baskini Teater in Tallinn, Estonia, under the title “Tana Algab Uus Elu” (Today Begins a New Life.) The play began an open-ended tour throughout the country on March 10. The play was also recently translated into French. Since it premiered in 2013, “Lucky Me” has been produced at theaters in New Jersey, Florida, Iowa, Colorado, Washington, New York, Nebraska, Oregon and Illinois.

Scene from "Lucky Me" by Robert Caisley.

Hart Received Key Fund Grant

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences is pleased to announce that Patricia Hart, Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Journalism and Mass Media, has been selected for a Key Fund grant. Hart’s project, “Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho Digital Portal,” is building an open-access digital archive based on images, documents, oral histories, scrapbooks, newspapers and other artifacts related to the Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho (1932-1942). This project gives access and historical context to the thousands of collected items related to the CCC, primarily in Idaho forests. In addition, Colton Clark, a dual major in History and Journalism, will work with Hart and her project’s collaborators in the Center for Digital Initiatives at the University of Idaho Library. Clark will work on archival projects as well as collaborate on the digital design of the public portal interface.

Pat Hart

CLASS Research Fellowships for 2017-2018

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences is pleased to announce two faculty selected for the CLASS Research Fellowships for 2017-2018. Please join us in congratulating Dale Graden, professor of History, and Mark Warner, professor of Anthropology, as this year’s fellowship recipients. Graden’s project, “The Bella Miquelina Affair: The Transatlantic Slave Trade, British Suppression and one African’s Quest for Liberty,” will focus on writing a book about the life of John Freeman, an African who labored as a boatman along the coast of West Africa in the 19th century. Freeman was captured and transported to Brazil where he escaped his captors and requested protection from the British navy. Warner ‘s project will focus on the production of two books: one on the urban archaeology of Boise, and the other beginning a similar effort about Sandpoint, Idaho.

CLASS in the News

A sampling of the latest stories featuring our CLASS faculty, staff and students:

A streak of red for International Women's Day – March 8, 2017 (Rebecca Scofield, History)

Definitely Denis — Talk show host and former UI grad serves as perfect choice for commencement speaker – March 6, 2017 (Andrew Kersten, dean)

Directing from the heart – March 6, 2017 (Hunter Price, student, Theatre Arts)

A community of vulnerability — Annual Hemingway Festival holds reading with local authors – March 6, 2017 (Hemingway Festival, English)

Brief: Panel to discuss refugees in Idaho – March 3, 2017 (Bill Smith, International Studies; Florian Justwan, Politics & Philosophy; Kristin Haltinner, Sociology & Anthropology

Jazz Fest reviews indicate a return to former glory – March 2, 2017 (Jazz Festival, Music)

Jackson High School student wins big at 50th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – March 2, 2017 (Jazz Festival, Music)

Our View: Some healthy competition is a good idea for Jazz Fest – March 1, 2017 (Jazz Festival, Music)

Kooskia WWII internment camp history available on new online database – March 1, 2017 (Stacey Camp, Sociology & Anthropology)

Cd’A Charter Jazz Ensemble wins at Hampton jazz festival – February 27, 2017 (Jazz Festival, Music)

The Jazz Fest’s power couple — Vern and Vanessa Sielert operate as a team at work and at home – February 27, 2017 (Vanessa Sielert, Music; Vern Sielert, Music)

Simplifying the world’s complexities — UI professor encourages students to explore the humanities offered at UI – February 27, 2017 (Dale Graden, History)

Professor to speak on 'alternative facts' concept – February 25, 2017 (Steven Smith, Journalism & Mass Media)


Auditorium Chamber Music Series Presents New York Polyphony

The 30th anniversary season of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series continues this month with a performance by New York Polyphony, a two-time Grammy-nominated male classical vocal quartet. The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Administration Building Auditorium, will feature diverse works and will include a collaboration with the University of Idaho Vandaleers.

New York Polyphony
New York Polyphony

Abstracts Due for Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites University of Idaho undergraduates from all disciplines to present their work in poster format at the 2017 UI Undergraduate Research Symposium. The abstract submission deadline is April 3. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Vandal Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center. Read more.

University Faculty Meeting

May 2, 2017, 3 p.m. Pacific time; 2 p.m. Mountain time.
Moscow: Vandal Ballroom, Bruce Pitman Center; Boise: IWC 448A; Coeur d'Alene: 213; Idaho Falls: 350A: Twin Falls - B-66.

2017 Borah Symposium

April 3-5, former Whitehouse advisor Robert Malley presents keynote, “Polarized Cultures in a Globalized World.” See the Borah Symposium website for the schedule.

CLASS All-College Spring Meeting: Save the Date!

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, Pitman Center – Borah Theatre. All CLASS faculty and staff are invited to attend the CLASS All-College Spring Meeting in May. President Staben will be in attendance at this meeting and will give a 30-minute presentation, including an opportunity for Q & A. Please mark your calendars!

Academic Dates and Deadlines

Spring Break - March 13-17
UIdaho Bound #1 - March 25
Fall advising begins - March 27
Deadline to withdraw - March 31
Staff Council membership and committee applications due - March 31
UIdaho Bound #2 - April 1
Fall registration - April 17-21
Dead week - May 1-5
Finals week - May 8-12
Commencement - May 13


College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences