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Candidate Job Talks Scheduled

College of Education faculty members are invited to attend two conferences with candidates for a position in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies:

What: Quantitative Methods Faculty Position, Research Talk
Who: Lee Van Horn
Topic: Using Regression Mixture Models for Finding Heterogeneity in Contextual Effects
When: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14
Where: Simplot Micron 118

What: Quantitative Methods Faculty Position, Research Talk
Who: Wanchen Chang
Topic: Sufficient Sample Sizes for the Multivariate Multilevel Regression Model
When: 9-10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17
Where: Wallace Conference Room, 7th Floor, Education Building

Time to Nominate Boise State ‘Women of the Year’

IBR101714 real_Layout 1It’s time to put together a list of Boise State women who the university will nominate for the Idaho Business Review’s “Women of the Year.”

You may recall, Stacy Pearson, vice president for finance and administration, won the designation of “Woman of the Year” two years ago.

This is a highly competitive, statewide award and the Office of Communications and Marketing nominates three Boise State faculty or staff members each year.

Please email your suggestions to either Melinda Keckler, assistant director for marketing, at or Ralph Poore, communications specialist, at You can read about last year’s awards online.

The nomination process requires a great deal of thought, time and effort for the nominee and the university, so we need to identify potential nominees very soon.

‘Culture of the Irrigated West’ Premieres Oct. 21

IRWestThe Boise premiere of the video “Culture of the Irrigated West” will be held from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 21 in the Student Union Barnwell Room. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Literacy professor Jamie Armstrong, literacy associate professor Lee Tysseling and former communication professor Peter Lutze will be on hand to discuss the multimedia project and answer questions after the premiere.

“Although we intend this video to be used in classrooms, we think that many other people may find the subject fascinating,” Armstrong said. “We hope to deepen people’s appreciation of their cultural heritage as well as the land and water that sustain all of us in Idaho.”

“Culture of the Irrigated West” combines historical research, photography from the era and original poetry in order to enrich people’s understanding of the history and culture of southern Idaho.

The project looks at the early irrigated settlements along the Snake and Boise rivers during a brief, but pivotal, point in Idaho history. This was a time when massive federal irrigation projects transformed southern Idaho from desert into arable land.

The video evokes a sense of what life was like 100 years ago as the high desert began to teem with new farms, towns and cities.

The DVD reproduction was made possible in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and a fellowship award from the Boise State University Arts and Humanities Institute.

Classroom lesson plans for Idaho teachers are available online.

For more information about the presentation, contact Jamie Armstrong at or AHI director Nick Miller at or at (208) 426-3902.

Expert on Government Budgeting, Performance Oct. 28

mpeacock1Marcus Peacock, an expert on federal budgeting, government performance systems and energy and environmental issues, will address “Budgeting, Performance and the Upcoming Election” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Read more here.

Consider Presenting a ‘Let’s Talk’ Session

The Boise State Department of Human Resources is looking for unique topics to include in its Let’s Talk sessions and wants ideas from College of Education faculty members.

Let’s Talk is a weekly 45-90 minute informational session with a wide variety of topics of interest to university staff and faculty.

Training specialist Kip Spittle wants to hear from talented individuals within the college who would be interested in presenting a training or information session.

Here are several examples of the different categories that may spark interest:

  • Personal and professional growth
  • Software or web training
  • Supervision and leadership
  • Action planning
  • Creating a positive culture
  • Fitness and health, posture, body mechanics
  • eLearning

If you are interested, contact Spittle at (208) 426-2417.

Arts and Humanities Institute Calls for ISLE Course Proposals

The Arts and Humanities Institute is inviting applications from faculty to participate in the Intensive Semester Learning Experience (ISLE).

AHI is holding an informational meeting for faculty interested in teaching an ISLE course from 10-11 a.m. on Oct. 29 in ILC 315.

The program allows faculty and students to devote a semester of course work to a discrete project. These immersive learning experiences spur students to work with intellectual and artistic freedom in an atmosphere that encourages creative responses to tangible problems or challenges.

  • One faculty member directs a specific ISLE course, while others may participate as collaborators.
  • Each ISLE has about 15 students, drawn from multiple disciplines.
  • The project involves an experimental or exploratory process and a defined outcome, and may emerge as the result of student, faculty or community initiative; the course must include all three components in the definition of the semester’s work and outcomes.

The Arts and Humanities Institute envisions the ISLE program as an opportunity for faculty and students to work closely and collaboratively.

The focus of the program is on the students, who can expect to learn to work collaboratively and transdisciplinarily, to create and develop projects from start to finish, and to build relationships with community members or organizations.

Proposals for the summer, fall and spring 2015-2016 ISLEs are due Dec. 1.

For further information, please contact Nick Miller at

Traveling? Check the Travel Policy Update

Senior business manager Diana Esbensen wants everyone to know that Travel Policy #6180 has been heavily revised to better reflect best practices.

Changes include the elimination of early reimbursements, reduction in the number of Expense Reports, and additional context to encourage University Purchasing Cards (P-cards) for travel expenditures.

You can find more information in the online Boise State University Policy Manual.

Promote Your International Experiences

We have a chance to promote the international experiences of the College of Education’s faculty, staff, students and alumni through the university website feature Where in the World?

11113747855_c287c8e845_b-500x375This feature looks at your international experiences as they are taking place—rather than after the fact. To make it work, please do two things:

  • In advance of your trip, send information about your event or presentation to Ralph Poore in order to write a story.
  • Send photos as soon as possible after your arrival in your international location. The photo should include you in the foreground and some iconic setting in the background so that people would say “Hey, he’s in Athens” or “Hey, she’s in Paris.” You can include a couple of general scenic photos, too.

To see an example of this type of story, take a look at Where in the World? Shanghai, China or Where in the World? Porto, Portugal.

If you will be going on an international trip or know any others who about to go on an international research or conference trip, please email

Time to Update Support Materials

All of the departmental and program brochures on display in the dean’s office reception area either don’t comply with Boise State brand standards or they are out of date. They need to be retired or replaced.

As you begin to replace your support materials, keep these tips in mind:

Think digital. The traditional brochure is going away. Strive for a digital-first strategy. Use your brochures and other printed support materials to drive traffic to your webpages. Your webpages can be continuously updated and kept current. It also is cheaper to update webpages than to revise your printed materials.

The purpose of a brochure is not to be read from cover to cover. Rather, a brochure reminds a potential student, donor or supporter about your program when you are not around.

The most basic purpose of a brochure is to serve as a business card, just bigger and harder to lose. In fact, turn your brochure into a large postcard with an impactful photo and a brief message that includes phone numbers and web and email addresses where the reader can get more information.