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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, November 28, 2017

Andy Kersten
Dean Andy Kersten

CLASS’s faculty, staff and students are top researchers, scholars and artists in their fields. The level of scholarly work that our college produces is remarkable. Some highlights to note:

  • CLASS has seen a 161% growth in research expenditures over the last three years.
  • CLASS researchers received more than $690,000 in external grants in FY17. This is up from $433,000 in FY16.
  • We have formed collaborative partnerships with our generous campus partners – the Transformative Research Investment and Partnership (TRIP) with the Office of Research and Economic Development and Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) with the University of Idaho Library.
  • In FY17, CLASS faculty and students published hundreds of books, articles and plays.
  • The musicians in the Lionel Hampton School of Music gave 250 music performances.
  • The artists in the Theatre Arts Department produced 23 plays.
  • Graduate students in CLASS gave 127 academic presentations and performances, authored 47 publications, earned 17 grants and contracts, received 15 awards and conducted six professional internships last year.
  • CLASS received two 2017 Equipment and Infrastructure Support Awards from the Office of Research and Economic Development benefiting the Department of Theatre Arts and the Lionel Hampton School of Music.

These accomplishments are wonderful, but as I mentioned in the last CLASS Notes, we need to talk about them more. It is not only important because it is a focus of our strategic plan (innovate), but the work and ideas CLASS is doing are worth being told. Please tell Diane Kelly-Riley, our associate dean for research, and the CLASS Marketing and Communications team about your publications, successes, wins and grants. Help us promote the great work that you do.

And, don’t forget to keep those proposals coming! The ORED website has great information on how to find funding and our CLASS website has resources for your use, as well.

Thank you for the great scholarly work that you do.


P.S. One way we are going to improve our communication about our innovation is through a transformation of the “Research and Creative Works” section of our website to better meet faculty needs. Stay tuned for changes coming in early 2018.

CLASS All-College Meeting

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Pitman Center - Borah Theatre
Please mark your calendar!
All CLASS faculty and staff are invited to attend this informative meeting, which will be presented by Dean Kersten.

Need to purchase a work computer or software? Require technical support?

If so, please contact your TSP (Technical Solutions Partners) as they will make sure your machine has everything you need to hit the ground running. They provide a range of services including software and application troubleshooting, software installations, equipment purchases, new account setup, hardware recommendations and more. You are still encouraged to purchase your Macs through the VandalStore, as they have their own Mac technical support which is not currently supported by ITS.

If your area purchases software through an external vendor, please check with your TSP first, as they may already have a license for that software or can get it for you at a reduced rate.

Please visit the TSP website. You can find your TSP Region in the left had margin under “Find Your TSP.” To submit a Service Ticket,” click the link on the left-hand side. Check the ITS Self Help tutorial to assist with answering basic questions prior to submitting a ticket.

CLASS in the News

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

Brief: UI professor to discuss global allies at LWV forum (Lisa Carlson [Politics & Philosophy], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nov. 26)

'Carry Forth' examines mythic, personal in Native storytelling (Rodney Frey [Sociology & Anthropology], The Billings Gazette, Nov. 24)

The art of picking a speaker (Bill Smith [Martin Institute & International Studies], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nov. 20)

VC WEB BLOG | American Cellist & Pedagogue Phyllis Young – In Memoriam (1925-2017) [RIP] (Miranda Wilson [Music], The Violin Channel, Nov. 16)

Brief: UI professors will discuss marching band history (Dan Bukvich [Music], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nov. 15)

Paper: 'No money down' bankruptcies prevalent among the poor, minorities (Deborah Thorne [Sociology & Anthropology], EurkeAlert!, Nov. 14)

UI prof: Hitler’s ascent involved a ‘whole constellation of events’ (Richard Spence [History], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nov. 13)

The UI’s story — Staben shares updated strategic plan and focuses on enrollment and research (Denise Bennett [Journalism & Mass Media], The Argonaut, Nov. 13)

Brief: UI essayist to read from, sign his latest book (Brian Blanchfield [English], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nov. 12)

Our View: Legal limits on free speech can only hurt Americans (Steve Smith [Journalism & Mass Media], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nov.10)

Memory play — injuries and friendship over the span of 30 years — Cornerstone Theatre presents ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ (Theatre Arts, The Argonaut, Nov. 10)


scene from A Child's Christmas in Wales
Dylan Thomas (Nathan Loomer) couldn't be happier with a shiny new bicycle for Christmas from Mother and Father (Kylee Teal and Todd Quick).

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Celebrate the holidays with the University of Idaho’s debut of the big, beautiful musical, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” Dec. 1-10 at the Hartung Theater. Featuring more than 20 students from Theatre Arts and the Lionel Hampton School of Music, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales is a warm and bittersweet remembrance of the simple things in life, capturing the magic of the holidays through the eyes of a child. Free for U of I students and only $10 for U of I faculty and staff. And, if you are located on the U of I campus, order your tickets over the phone at 208-885-6465 for special delivery straight to your office. Tickets are on sale now. More information on A Child's Christmas in Wales.

Lisa Carlson
Professor Lisa Carlson

Carlson Addresses League of Women Voters

Lisa Carlson, Professor of Political Science, is addressing the League of Women Voters on the role of Alliances in American foreign policy on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at noon in the Fiske Room of the 1912 Center, 412 East Third Street in Moscow. Carlson has won an Alumni Award for excellence in teaching and was named most inspirational Mentor by an award winning student, Briggs Jackson.

Secrets to Writing a Successful University of Idaho Seed Grant Proposal

A Workshop for Early Career CLASS Faculty with ORED's Sarah Koerber Office of Research and Economic Development and Chair of the U of I Seed Grant Program, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 from 12-1 PM in Morrill 402 to learn strategies to write a competitive U of I Seed Grant proposal.

The U of I Seed Grant program’s objectives are to promote research, outreach and creative activities in all branches of learning that will improve competitiveness for external funding, and/or which will result in publications, patents, recognition, awards or exhibitions/performances appropriate to the PI’s discipline. The Seed Grant program is sponsored by the U of I Office of Research and Economic Development. Seed Grant proposals will be due in mid-February 2018. This workshop is open to all CLASS early career faculty who have been at the U of I 5 years or less and/or are still Assistant Professors. Space is limited! Please RSVP to Diane Kelly-Riley at

Search Committee Training

All staff and faculty should attend Search Committee Training, next scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10-11:30 a.m. in Bruce Pitman Center 045. This new training is specifically designed for hiring authorities, search committee chairs and committee members. This training provides a deeper understanding of U of I’s recruitment and hiring process. Topics covered include:

  • roles of the search committee chair and committee members
  • positive recruitment strategies
  • selection criteria
  • anti-bias awareness
  • interviewing
  • reference checking and more

To register, please visit the Professional Development & Learning Registration Site.

To schedule a departmental training (shorter presentations are an option), or if you have questions, please contact Alisa Goolsby, CLASS Affirmative Action Coordinator.

Active Shooter Response Training

University of Idaho faculty, staff and students in Moscow are invited to participate in an active shooter response training, sponsored by Staff Council, the Office of Public Safety and Security, Moscow Police Department and Moscow SWAT Team. This 90-minute training will offer an overview of the university's policies and procedures for responding to an active shooter, how you can stay safe and steps you can take to save lives. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center. For more information, email

Book Reading: Bullets into Bells

Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence launches with its very first public reading here in Moscow. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at BookPeople of Moscow. Co-edited by UI English professor Alexandra Teague, Bullets into Bells is the first poetry anthology in the United States focused on the effects of widespread gun violence, and pairs contemporary poems with responses by gun violence survivors, family members of victims, law enforcement officers, clergy members, politicians and a range of other voices. This Bullets into Bells Idaho launch will include readings by Alexandra Teague and Robert Wrigley (both of whom have work in the anthology), as well as by other English department faculty and students, and brief speeches by local activists and scholars.

Zachary Turpin Featured in Upcoming SAS Talk

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development for the Short and Sweet (SAS) Research Speaker Series from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the IRIC Step Auditorium. CLASS’s own Zachary Turpin (English) will be one of seven university researchers presenting in a rapid-fire style (20 images, 20 seconds each). Networking time to follow.

28th U of I Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert

Get in the holiday spirit by joining the University of Idaho Jazz Choirs on Friday, Dec. 8 for their annual holiday concert. This family friendly holiday tradition begins at 7 p.m. in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. Admission is free, but cash donations benefiting Lionel Hampton School of Music student scholarships will be accepted at the door. Presented by CLASS and the Office of the President.

CLASS Commencement Breakfast Reception

Join CLASS’s graduating seniors and their families for a breakfast reception on Saturday, December 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Commons Whitewater/Clearwater rooms. A light continental breakfast will be served. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Students are encouraged to attend with their families. Kibbie Dome doors open at 11 a.m., so guests can go straight from breakfast to commencement.

Martin Forum: U.S. Diplomacy in the Middle East

Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium. Ambassador Maura Connelly will present this Martin Forum on U.S. Diplomacy in the Middle East.

2018 Hemingway Festival

Save the date for the University of Idaho Hemingway Festival – March 1-3, 2018.

Academic Dates and Deadlines

December 9: Fall Commencement

December 15: Deadline to submit grades for incompletes given in spring or summer 2017

December 18: Deadline to add or drop winter classes without a “W”

December 19: Fall final grades due by noon


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