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Five New Faculty Members Join the College for the 2017-18 School Year

The College will welcome the following five new faculty members for the 2017-18 school year. Each faculty member has expertise and experience that will make him or her an asset for their students.

“We are excited for our new faculty members and the breadth of knowledge and opportunities they will bring to our students,” said Dean Kandi Turley-Ames.


Here are the new faculty members:

Jonathan Fardy, assistant professor of art history, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. His dissertation was titled, “A Photographer Develops: Reading Robinson, Rejlander, and Cameron.” Fardy currently has a book under review of the same title, which explores the work and words of the three important nineteenth-century photographers. Fardy’s areas of specialization include history of photography, nineteenth-century visual culture, critical theory and art criticism. Most recently, Fardy has been a professor of art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong.


Sarah Robey, assistant professor of history, earned her Ph.D. in American History from Temple University. Her dissertation is titled, “The Atomic America: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963.” Robey’s experience includes an instructor position at University Tübingen in Germany where she taught courses about nuclear and Cold War culture of America, and as a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum. This fall, Robey will bring her experience to the ISU Idaho Falls campus and teach courses on the history of energy.


Christopher Pickett, assistant professor of art, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics. Pickett also graduated cum laude from University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics. Pickett’s recent exhibitions include “Space and Time: Chris Pickett and Max Seinfeld” at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York as well as the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. Most recently, Pickett has worked as an adjunct instructor for introductory and intermediate ceramics classes at ISU and Marymount Manhattan College in New York.


Shin Kue Ryu, assistant professor of political science, earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from George Mason University. His major subfields were public administration and comparative politics. His dissertation was titled, “Where is the Safe Water? Capturing the Missing Explanation in Inter-Country Variation in Access.” Ryu was the principal researcher for WaterAid’s “Political Economy of Sanitation” research, which examined the existence of universal access to sanitation in some parts of Asia. Ryu has also earned two master’s degrees, one at University of London Queen Mary and Westfield College and one at Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently, Ryu has been a lecturer for a Government and Politics of Asia course at George Mason University.


Richard “Paul” Yeates, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, earned his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from the University of Connecticut-Storrs. For his thesis, Yeates was the lighting designer in the university’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” In 2016, Yeates was nominated for an award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his lighting design in “Carrie: The Musical,” performed at Morehead State University. Before joining ISU, Yeates worked as an assistant professor of lighting and scenic design at Morehead State University.


Amy Michael, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Julie Sorensoen, lecturer in the Department of Music.

Eleanor Cox, lecturer in the Department of Music. 

Natalia Lauk, lecturer in the Department of Music. 


Written by Katie Damron, College of Arts & Letters Intern


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