Retired English Professor Wins INDIES Book of the Year Award
Joy Passanante, professor emerita in the Department of English, had her most recent book, Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars (Mad Creek Books, an imprint of Ohio State University Press), named the 2017 Silver Winner for Biography in the INDIES Book of the Year Awards. The awards recognize the best books published in 2017 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors
Priscilla Wegars Featured on “Forgotten Neighbors: Idaho’s Chinese Immigrants”
Affiliate Assistant Professor and Curator of U of I's Asian American Comparative Collection Priscilla Wegars speaks to Idaho Public Television about Idaho's Chinese immigrants on a special Idaho Experience. Watch the program here.
Torrey Lawrence Named U of I Vice Provost for Faculty
Congratulations to Torrey Lawrence, who was just named the University of Idaho's new vice provost for faculty effective August 6. Torrey currently serves as a professor of music and associate dean in #UIdahoCLASS. He has been with the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music since 1998. As vice provost for faculty, Torrey will work closely with faculty members, the Faculty Senate and college deans to move U of I toward our strategic plan goals. He will partner with university leadership to recruit, develop and retain high quality faculty who aspire to excellence in research, teaching and service. Torrey will also assist in the assessment of our current faculty strengths and work to further cultivate an inclusive and diverse university community.
“A Country Called Home” Audio Recording
Kim Barnes, a university distinguished professor of English, is the author of three novels and two memoirs, including “A Country Called Home.” Chris Maccini of Spokane Public Radio reads Barnes’ book for all to enjoy. Hear the first part here.
Rodney Frey Receives Evans Handcart Award
Rodney Frey, professor emeritus in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, received the Evans Handcart Award for his book, "Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer's Journey into Native Oral Tradition." The award, given by Utah State University's Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, recognizes the best of research and writing in biographies, autobiographies and memories that focus on the stories of people who have shaped the character of the Interior West. Frey will be presented with the award during the annual Arrington Lecture Conference in September at Utah State University.
Bill Smith Talks U.S.-North Korea Negotiations
Bill Smith, director of the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies, talks to the Spokesman Review about the United States’ negotiations with North Korea. Read the article.
Sean Quinlan named CLASS Interim Dean
Sean Quinlan, a University of Idaho history professor, will serve as interim dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). Quinlan officially began as interim dean May 29. Quinlan began as a professor at the University of Idaho in 2001 and became chair of the History Department in 2012. His research areas include 18th century studies, gender and sexuality in the west and European culture and history, among others
Overton Discusses Strong Economies with WalletHub
Michael Overton, assistant professor of political science, was featured by WalletHub discussing what makes a strong state economy...and the state of Idaho ranked #7 on the list! Read the interview here.
McGriff to Headline First Draft
A writer referred to as “one of two or three best poets in America today” by notable northwest author Joe Wilkins will headline this month’s First Draft Writers’ Series. Michael McGriff, who grew up in Coos Bay, became a Stegnor Fellow and now teaches in the University of Idaho creative writing program and in the American International School in Vienna. He is the co-author of the story collection “Our Secret Life in the Movies,” which was selected as one of National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2014. Read more.
Best wishes to two Lionel Hampton School of Music employees who are retiring this summer. Gene Cline has served as the LHSOM coach accompanist and is retiring after 10 years with U of I. LHSOM Piano Technician Dave Severance is retiring after two years at U of I. Congratulations to both of them!
2018-2019 Kurt Olsson Early Career Research Fellowships Awarded
The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce that Shawn Copeland from the Lionel Hampton School of Music and Clarissa Richardson from the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies were awarded the Kurt O. Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship. This program aims to help recently hired faculty develop scholarly/creative programs that promote research and creative activities in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that will attract outside funding, and/or that will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances. Copeland will use the funds for his new recording titled “The Collected Works for Clarinet of Carlos Velez” and Richardson will work on her project titled, “Influence of Social Support Usage During Daily Stress on Psychological and Physiological Functioning of Older Adults.”
Kenton Bird and Diane Kelly-Riley Receive FY19 CLASS Research Fellowships
The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce Kenton Bird, School of Journalism and Mass Media, and Diane Kelly-Riley, Department of English, as the recipients of FY19 CLASS Research Fellowships. Bird will use this funding to continue his biography of Thomas Foley and Kelly-Riley will be working on an edited collection titled "Improving Outcomes: Disciplinary Writing, Local Assessment and the Aim of Fairness."
Paul Thompson named Director of Palouse Choral Society
Paul Thompson, assistant professor and director of choral activities in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, has been selected as the artistic and music director of the Palouse Choral Society. Information about the Palouse Choral Society and its upcoming season can be found at www.palousechoralsociety.org.
Falling for Idaho
Russell Jackson had a very interesting time navigating his way to the University of Idaho. Jackson, 40, works as an associate professor of psychology at U of I and is known across the campus for his rigorous introduction psychology course as well as his integrated seminar course, “Origin of the Mind,” which focuses on human evolution. More on Russell Jackson.
Idaho Professor Using Past to Explain Modern Stereotypes
It took traveling to Japan to find an interest in studying the American West. Learn how the Department of History’s Rebecca Scofield uses the past to combat stereotypes throughout the United States. Read the Washington Times coverage.
CLASS Researchers Awarded University of Idaho Seed Grants
The University of Idaho’s Office of Research and Economic Development has awarded Seed Grants to six faculty from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences for the 2018-19 academic year. The objectives of the Seed Grant Program are to promote research and creative activities that will increase competitiveness for external funding, and/or which will result in publications, patents, exhibitions, or performances, with emphasis placed on support for early career faculty. The recipients from CLASS are as follows:
- Bert Baumgaertner, Politics and Philosophy - Disagreement: From Theory to Practice and Back
- Ruby Fulton, Lionel Hampton School of Music - 1 in 10,000, A New Composition for Wind Ensemble and Electronics
- Omi Hodwitz, Sociology and Anthropology – Terrorism Recidivism Study (TRS) Database
- Aleta Quinn, Politics and Philosophy – Species in the Age of Big Data
- Bal Krishna Sharma, English – Non-native speaker identities among border-crossing scientists and engineers in the US
- Zachary Turpin, English - Restoring the Lost Novels of Walt Whitman—A Targeted Archival Search
“Some Lived” Wins at Festival
“Some Lived: An Idaho POW's Story” – a documentary produced by Denise Bennett, assistant professor of journalism and mass media, won the award for Best Heritage Short Documentary at the Tribute Film Festival in Texas.
Idaho Humanities Council Awards Grant to U of I Researcher
Diane Kelly-Riley, associate dean of CLASS and an associate professor of English, was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Idaho Humanities Council. Kelly-Riley is collecting oral histories related to the former Riverside Dance Hall in Potlatch, Idaho. Serving as the town’s cultural center for many years, the goal is to explore the dynamics that have sustained Potlatch since its mill closed for good in 1981.