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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, October 11, 2016

I want to thank all of you who attended and tuned into the President’s State of the University Address. I thought it was inspirational, particularly the video. A video of the president's speech is available in case you want to watch it again or share it. Also, I thought that it was interesting to see how the university Strategic Plan can frame the work that we are doing now and the work we will be doing in the future. Finally, I want to draw your attention to a couple things that the president mentioned. First, we are now experiencing enrollment growth. Our incoming class is one of the largest we have had in the last 15 years. Everyone has played a part in that, and we should feel a sense of pride. That’s a huge lift. My thanks to you all! Second, the “Great Colleges to Work forsurvey results were startling. We have a lot of work to do to heal and strengthen our community. In the coming weeks and months, you should hear more about that, and I encourage you to participate in the campus discussions about the results of the survey.

— Andy

Andrew Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean


Associate Dean Searches

The Dean’s Office is being reorganized, including the creation of two associate dean positions in order to better align our administrative structure with the new strategic plan. For the next few years, our college will focus much of its work on the university’s Strategic Plan goals of “Innovate" and “Transform." These associate dean positions are focused squarely on that work to expand our graduate programs, to increase our research profile, and to enroll and retain more students. 

Please share the below job descriptions with your faculty, tenured and clinical. Please let Dean Kersten know if you have any questions or comments. The review of applications will begin on Nov. 7. Search committee members include Brian Ellison, Kristi Overfelt, Ro Afatchao, Rachel Halverson and Jennie Hall.

New Summer Funding Opportunity!

The College of Education and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences have come together to provide faculty teams up to $5,000 to collaborate on a summer research or creative project. Teams including faculty from both colleges are encouraged to collaborate in order to create a sustainable research or creative project. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 1, 2016, with projects to be completed over summer 2017. Learn more about your colleagues across both colleges and go to the Yellowdig board developed to encourage faculty from both colleges to find common interests and begin thinking about ways to collaborate. If you would like to be added to the Yellowdig conversation, email Traci Craig ( Please visit the CLASS Funding Opportunities page to learn more about this and other grants in the college.

Retirement of McClure Center Director Priscilla Salant

The McClure Center for Public Policy Research congratulates Director Priscilla Salant on her retirement slated for Dec. 31, 2016. Salant assumed the directorship three years ago and has overseen a high volume of research activities with direct impact on Idaho. During her tenure Salant led research projects and made presentations to the legislature on state policy issues, including transportation funding, early childhood learning, rural Idaho, and college access. A signature initiative under Salant’s leadership has been statewide work on better understanding the needs and experiences of Idaho’s burgeoning Latino population. Her efforts were recognized in 2015 with the Amiga del Año award from the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs. The university’s status as a leader on this issue was recognized again when President Chuck Staben was honored with this award for 2016. 

The search committee for a new director includes three McClure Center board members (Phil Reberger, Amy Lientz, and Ken McClure), along with Brian Ellison and Andy Kersten. Consideration of applications will begin later this month.

Henscheid to Lead McClure Center Research and Engagement on College Access

The McClure Center welcomes Jean Henscheid, Ph.D., from UI’s College of Education. Jean, based in Boise, is responsible for continuing the center’s research and engagement on college access. She joins Christy Dearien, who oversees the center’s signature publication series, Idaho at a Glance, and is based on the Moscow campus.

English Professor Receives Award

Associate Professor Erin James has received the Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Prize from the International Society for the Study of Narrative for her book The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives (University of Nebraska Press, 2015). The prize is presented annually to the book that “makes the most significant contribution to the study of narrative.”

Theatre Professor Receives Award

Jesse Dreikosen’s scenic design work in “Not Medea” by Allison Gregory was recently included in the October issue of “American Theatre” magazine. The production was part of the Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia. The playwright was quoted as saying, “This design team has been very keen to the emotional landscape of the play.” Dreikosen is Assistant Professor of Scene Design and Head of Design and Technology in the Theatre Arts department.

Graduate Wins Prize from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Michelle Hester, a recent graduate of the M.S. program in Human Factors in the department of Psychology and Communication Studies, won first place (and $3,000) in a contest sponsored by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Her award-winning video answered the question, “How does human factors/ergonomics help people?”

Sabbatical Applications

Applications for sabbatical leaves to be taken during the 2017-2018 academic year are due to the CLASS Dean’s Office ( by Oct. 14 in order for the dean to write his letter of support. Final electronic packets must be received by the Sabbatical Leave Evaluation Committee by Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Instructions, application process and application form can be found in FSH 3720. Timelines are provided at the provost’s website under Helpful Sabbatical Documents.

CLASS Curriculum Committee

The CLASS Curriculum Committee will meet weekly through the semester. Once your department has approved a curricular change, please email your forms to Traci Craig at Forms for new programs and deadlines for different curricular processes can be found on the provost's website. Please plan to submit any curricular changes early, so that the committee can work through changes in advance of the UCC deadlines. The first deadline is Oct. 15 for Group C, which includes adding or dropping majors/degrees, offering programs online, or adding or dropping departments. Course changes, curriculum changes, adding/dropping minors, options or emphases or name changes are part of Group A and B and are due by December 15. Note that some proposals must go through several committees after CCC, so please plan to submit earlier rather than later.

National Book Month

Have you recently published a book? October is National Book Month and the CLASS Marketing and Communications team will be highlighting some faculty-written books on our social media channels. If you have a recent publication that we can share, email Kathy Foss, CLASS marketing and communications manager, at Please include title, publication date and book image, if available.

New Advising Specialist and Confucius Institute Program Specialist, Moriah Lenhart-Wees

As announced last month, Moriah Lenhart-Wees is a new CLASS Advising Specialist in the Boise Water Center. We neglected to mention that half of her appointment is as a Confucius Institute program specialist. Moriah is a Boise native who loves volleyball, hiking and eating delicious food!


Learn more about Grant Funding

CLASS faculty are invited to attend an information session about external and internal funding opportunities and processes on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in the Crest Room of the Commons. The session will be geared toward new faculty and faculty new to the process of seeking funding, though everyone is welcome! This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the people on campus who can help you find funding for the important work you do.

  • Sarah Koerber, Proposal Development Specialist, will address how to identify funding opportunities and proposal development.  
  • Suzanne Aaron, Sponsored Program Administrator, will explain the role of OSP in helping faculty navigate the proposal submission process. 
  • Debbie Hornbuckle, Grants Manager, will provide information about funding opportunities through corporations and foundations. 
  • Alisa Goolsby, Business Operations Analyst and Affirmative Action Coordinator, will review the role of the CLASS budget office. 
  • Traci Craig, CLASS Associate Dean, will discuss internal funding opportunities and the role of the Associate Dean in helping faculty navigate these processes.

Distinguished Visiting Writer Benjamin Busch

Distinguished Visiting Writer Benjamin Busch will give a craft talk on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 4-5 p.m. in the Forge Theatre; his public reading will be on Oct. 26 at 7:30 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. Busch is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Dust to Dust (Ecco), and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has been honored with the James Dickey Prize for Poetry and his poems have appeared in many journals and magazines.

Palouse French Film Festival

The Palouse French Film Festival returns to Moscow for a seventh year this October. The communitywide movie series features weekly films and is presented by the Washington State University Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, the University of Idaho Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow. The Kenworthy will screen the movies, presented in French with English subtitles, for the public to enjoy. All films are on Tuesdays beginning at 7 p.m. The remaining films are:

  • Oct. 11: “Mommy” (2014)
  • Oct. 18: “La loi du marché (The Measure of a Man)” (2015)
  • Oct. 25: “Mon amie Victoria (My Friend Victoria)” (2014)

Tickets to individual films are $5 at the door. Admission is free for WSU and UI students with student ID.

Poster for movie: Mommy
Poster for Mommy, a French film showing on October 11, 2016.

Theatre Arts Play, Medea: Her Story

Theatre Arts faculty are collaborating with more than 20 theatre students on the upcoming production of “Medea: Her Story,” a shattering tale that explores the Medea myth from the perspective of Medea, herself. Featuring Kelly Quinnett (head of performance) in the title role, with direction from Matt Foss (performance and directing), set and costume design from Jesse Dreikosen (scenic design and technology), Ginger Sorensen (costume) and Robby Valliere (technical direction). “Medea: Her Story” is at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-15 and 20-22, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 23, in the Hartung Theater. Tickets are $10 for UI faculty and staff, and are available now at BookPeople of Moscow and at the door 60 minutes before curtain. Contains mature themes and language. Not recommended for children.

Dates and Deadlines

Advising Opens October 17

Academic Success Fair – Whitewater/Clearwater room, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 26

Deadline to withdraw October 28

Registration opens November 7


Advising Opens 10/17

Academic Success Fair – Whitewater/Clearwater room, 10:00 – 2:00, 10/26

Deadline to withdraw 10/28

Registration opens 11/7

Poster for Medea
Poster for “Medea: Her Story.”


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