College of Technology

Technical General Education Faculty

Diane Allen

Diane Allen

Diane attended Salisbury State College in Salisbury, Maryland from 1969-1971. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree and Secondary Teaching Certificate at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey in 1975. She worked on her Master of Arts degree while teaching mathematics for the Vineland, New Jersey school system, completing her MA in 1981.

She taught calculus at Stockton Community College in Pomona, New Jersey in 1983. In 1987 Diane moved to North Idaho. She was offered an adjunct position at Spokane Community College (SCC) in 1994. She taught Algebra I & II and Mathematics for the Building Trades at SCC until 1996. During that time she began teaching several different mathematics classes for ITT Technical Institute and also taught Algebra I & II for North Idaho College until 1998.

Diane came to ISU College of Technology in January 1999 where she has taught Math 123, Pre-Algebra, Basic Math and Introduction to College. She has received the Outstanding Achievement Award for the College of Technology for the 2006-2007 academic year and was nominated as a Distinguished Teacher for the University for 2006-2007. She was also recognized as a Master Teacher (1 of 5) from which the Distinguished Teacher was chosen.

Donald Allen PhD

Donald E. Allen, Math Instructor

Don Allen likes math. He started math by playing cribbage, lotto, and other board games with his grandmother. He still likes math problems all the way from adding 2+2 up to group theory used in particle physics. No problem is too easy. No problem is… . Well, yes, some problems are very hard.

Don was born in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School sometime during the last century. He attended college in New York, NY, Eugene, OR, and Pocatello, ID. He earned a Master's degree in Physics from Idaho State University as a nontraditional student.

Don has worked in variety of jobs, including farm, factory, retail sales, social service, and education. He worked more than ten years for USDA in a wonderful job which combined food and science. Getting paid to taste French-fried potatoes made him believe even more in higher education.

Don is delighted to be the Math Instructor for the START program. Working with the people, both students and staff, is the best part of the job.

Dr. Bryan Barclay

Dr. Bryan Barclay

Dr. Barclay attended Brigham Young University and received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Boeing Commercial Airline Co. in Everett, Washington and then Thiokol in Brigham City, Utah. After two years with Thiokol, Salt Lake Community College asked him to teach Math and Physics for them. Bryan taught for two years at Salt Lake Community College and decided to go back to school and get his PhD.
Dr. Barclay graduated from Utah State University in 2001 with a PhD in Physics. While working on his PhD, he taught Math and Physics for Utah State University and Weber State University. His research for his PhD involved Astrophysics and the title of his dissertation is “Probing Void Structure Using Galaxy Number Count Techniques”.

Dr. Barclay came to ISU College of Technology in August 2005 where he has taught Physics 101, Math 123, Technical Science, Algebra, and Basic Math. He is a member of several committees and working boards, including; Sabbatical Review Board, CADD Advisory Board, Employment Strategies Advisory Board, Scholastic Appeals Board, Academic Dishonesty Board and is a member of Planetary Science Working group to create the Rocky Mountain Planetary Institute.

Bryan is married to Julie and they have three children. He enjoys playing the banjo and guitar and he makes a mean salsa.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

Michael attended Idaho State University from 1982 to 1984. He received his B.S. in Business with a Finance concentration from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 1992. Before and after graduating college, he worked in and on various disciplines including Real Estate Finance, Network Administration, and consulting in the Retail, Medical, and Computer Sector.

In 2001, he received his Single Subject Teaching Credential at Fresno Pacific University. He also worked as an Adjunct instructor in the Business Division for 10 years at College if the Sequoias in Visalia, California teaching Marketing, Microsoft Office, Web Design, Sales, Business English as well as serving as Director of the Entrepreneurship Program.

In 2008 he received his Masters of Business Administration. He worked at the College of the Sequoias and Willow International College in Clovis California before coming to work at Idaho State University College of Technology for the 2012-2013 school year. He teaches Workplace Relations, Employment Strategies, and Learning Strategies. He also sits on the Parking Board, the College of Technology Social Committee and has worked with the "I love ISU" campaign.

He enjoys reading and hiking as well as bicycling in his spare time.

Jessica Taylor-Edwards

Jessica Taylor-Edwards

Jessica Taylor-Edwards graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in English. From there, she went on to earn her MS in English Education at Florida State University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University. Her poetry has appeared in Santa Clara Review, Poetry Motel, and New York Quarterly, among other journals.

Prior to teaching at Idaho State University, Jessica taught at LaGrange College, University of West Georgia, and Tallahassee Community College. She joined the College of Technology in 2011; she teaches composition, employment writing, speech, and study skills. In addition to teaching and working with college committees, Jessica is in the process of completing her doctoral work in English. She is passionate about authors Barbara Kingsolver and JK Rowling, and thrives on teaching the finer points of topic sentences, correct comma use, and the immense, stylistic power of the semi-colon.

Jessica shares her life with her husband, a rabbit, two dogs, and five cats.

Cassandra Frandsen

Cassandra Frandsen , Instructor

Cassandra is a Pocatello native and an ISU alum. She received her Bachelors of Science majoring in Biology in 2003 and a Master's of Science in Physics in 2006.

In 2009, she had the great fortune of becoming acquainted with the developmental mathematics programs offered within the College of Technology. She started working for the Adult Success Center in 2010 after discovering a passion for teaching remedial mathematics to populations that had not yet demonstrated competency.

She joined the General Education Department in 2012 and really enjoys working with both the students and her fellow instructors. In her free time, Cassandra likes to read and garden. She also likes to spend lots of time exploring the amazing opportunities for outdoor adventures found here in Southeastern Idaho.

Clayn Lambert

Clayn Lambert

Clayn Lambert attended Brigham Young University earned his Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 1999. After a brief stint working in the computer security sector, he returned to school and earned his Master's Degree in English from the University of Idaho in 2002.

In 2002 he came to the College of Technology and began his career, teaching English Composition, Critical Thinking, Employment Strategies, and Instructional Technology in the Classroom. During his time here, Clayn has begun to shift his focus from teaching to other areas. He has taken on administrative responsibilities within the General Education Department as the Faculty Coordinator and providing instructional technology support and training to fellow colleagues throughout the Department and College as a whole.

Clayn also serves on the Faculty Senate, ITRC Moodle Advisory Board, TGE Advisory Board, and TGE Employment Strategies subcommittee.

Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson

Matt is an Idaho native. He earned a BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in 2007. The following year, he moved with his wife to Flagstaff, Arizona to pursue an MA in English from Northern Arizona University, graduating in 2011.

After teaching at Northern Arizona University and the College of Southern Idaho, Matt joined the College of Technology where he teaches composition, communication, and employment strategies. He loves working to help students appreciate the role language plays in their daily lives, in particular, the bearing it has on their personal and professional success.

He spends his free time on various pursuits out-of-doors. He is an avid hiker, a mediocre climber, and a lousy fisherman.

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