Office of the Dean
Kandi Turley-Ames, Founding Dean
Kandi Turley-Ames, Founding Dean for the College of Arts & Letters.
Professor Turley-Ames has been a member of the Department of Psychology since 1997 and has subsequently served the University in numerous leadership positions. She was appointed Chairperson of Psychology from 2003 to 2009. She served as the Interim Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007-2008 and as an Associate Vice President in Academic Affairs in 2009-2010. She became the founding dean of the College in 2010.
In 2006-2007 Turley-Ames was named Distinguished Teacher at Idaho State University. Professor Turley-Ames was acknowledged as a Master Teacher at ISU in 2001-2002 and 2005-2006. She is a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Service (HERS) for women in higher education administration, and in 2007-2008 was a nominee for the US Professors of the Year Award. She earned her PhD in psychology with an emphasis in cognition and memory in 1996 from Washington State University.
Randy Earles, Associate Dean
Randy Earles, Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities,
Professor and former chair of the ISU Department of Music.
Randy Earles joined the ISU faculty in 1991. He served as chair of the ISU Department of Music from 2001 until his new appointment, and during 2009-2010 he also served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. He served as chair of the Faculty Senate in 2000-2001. Earles has won several awards for his compositions, and many of his creative projects have been published or recorded commercially.
His recent band composition, Idaho Celebration, was commissioned by the State Department of Education and was performed by various Idaho high school bands. He received an award annually from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) from 1997-2011.
Earles has performed on trumpet with the Portneuf Brass, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Pops Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra, the Idaho State Civic Symphony, the Idaho Falls Symphony, the Magic Valley Symphony, the Snake River Chamber Orchestra, and he has toured the USA with show bands.
He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Houston and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma.
Mark McBeth, Interim Associate Dean
Mark McBeth, Interim Associate Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences,
Professor of Political Science.
Dr. Mark K. McBeth has been on faculty in the Department of Political Science since January, 1995. Historically, his research has focused on public policy, environmental policy, and economic development policy informed by his interdisciplinary interests in both sociology and economics.
In the 1990s, McBeth primarily explored the role of environmental attitudes and economic development policy in rural communities including research on the relationship between the economic composition of a community and the communities environmental attitudes. Since 2000, his research has mainly focused on the role of policy narratives in the development, design, and implementation of public policy.
John Gribas, Interim Director of General Studies and College Program Assessment
John Gribas, Interim Director of General Studies and College Program Assessment, Professor of Communication, Media, and Persuasion.
Dr. John Gribas earned his PhD in Organizational and Group Communication from the University of Kansas in 1993 and came to ISU in 1996. In addition to his work as a faculty member, Gribas served as Program Director for the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in 2012-2013 and as the ISU Faculty Ombudsperson from 2005-2013. He stepped out of the ombuds role to assist in the Colleg of Arts & Letters Dean's office. As a researcher, he is interested in exploring how language choices impact human thought and action. In particular, Gribas is interested in ways people use metaphor to refer to themselves as organized groups.
Dr. Gribas has served as a consultant and trainer for various organizations including hi-tech production companies, law firms, advertising agencies, military and educational government entities, as well as not-for-profit organizations such as mental health clinics, community theatres, and churches. Born and raised in Montana, he considers the Intermountain West his home.
Joe Wilcox, University Business Officer
Joe Wilcox, University Business Officer for the College of Arts & Letters.
Joe Wilcox began working for ISU in 2008 as the Senior Auditor for ISU's Internal Audit Department. He was responsible for determining the adequacy and effectiveness of the University's systems of internal controls and provide recommendations as to how these controls could be improved.
Before coming to ISU he oversaw the accounting, investments, payroll, purchasing, human resources services, and facilities planning and management of a healthcare company that operated several skilled nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, in-home and home health programs in Oregon, Idaho, and California.
In this capacity, he was responsible for a wide range of programs involving business and fiscal affairs of the organization and was heavily involved in the administration and presentation of fiscal and business issues to investors, state and federal agencies, and individuals. He has extensive experience in working with state and federal auditors and has been involved in strategic planning and budget development. He earned his bachelor's degree from Idaho State University in Accounting in 2000.
Heidi Jarvis-Grimes, Director of Development
Heidi Jarvis-Grimes, Director of Development for the College of Arts & Letters, and Strategic University Initiatives for Idaho State University.
The focus of Heidi’s advancement work is specific to major research funding alignments with an emphasis on our “students first” mission, multidisciplinary, sustainability, and the world-class Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center initiatives. She has collaborated with leading foundations, private industry, and individual donors to provide major funding support for core university research areas.
Heidi served on a successful team as Director of External Relations and Development for the Office of Research and Graduate School at Washington State University. She worked closely with many major corporations, private foundations, and individual donors to foster and advance funding alignments with research priorities. Heidi also served on the Center for Environmental, Research, Education and Outreach Executive Committee to collaborate and develop interdisciplinary federal and state proposals, as well as opportunities with private foundations and industry.
Ms. Jarvis-Grimes has two professional passions, advancement in the arts and interdisciplinary university initiatives. She has participated as an adjunct faculty member and taught music education technical courses, student teacher supervision, and introduction to arts administration. She has been a representative to the College of Education Teacher Education Committee and the state Professional Education Advisory Board. As Executive Director of the Washington-Idaho Symphony, she successfully led the individual donor and corporate fundraising ventures, private and federal grants, and operational aspects of the organization from 1996-2007. Heidi also served on the fundraising team at the University Of Oregon and federal grant team at the University of Idaho.
Heidi completed her 20th season as Conductor of the Pullman Community Civic Symphonic Band and recently honored as Guest Conductor of the Royal Hawaiian Band in Honolulu, Hawai'i. She is a clinician and adjudicator at local, state and national levels, and is published with the Leblanc Bell Quarterly Educator's Viewpoint and Conn Selmer's Keynotes -- character, education, inspiration and performance. She was the recipient of the Pullman, Washington Chamber of Commerce Civic Improvement Award, presented for outstanding contribution to the improvement of community and citizen relations.