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Two Arts & Letters Faculty Members Retire after 56 Years Combined Service

Paula Jull, Communication, Media and Persuasion 

 Paula Jull, professor of visual communication and graphic design, has retired from teaching at ISU after 30 years.

Jull earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Indiana University. After earning her degree, she taught at Lake Erie College in Ohio for four years before moving to Idaho with her husband Scott Evans.

“We needed something bigger with more of a campus feel,” she said. “We had never even been to Idaho before. We pulled out the map and said ‘let’s see what happens.’ We had no expectations but to have fun.”

When she first began teaching at ISU, she taught drawing and Women in Art in the art department. Shortly after, she was asked to teach graphics for students interested in journalism for them to learn layout. Her teaching load quickly turned into teaching Introduction to Photography, graphics and next level graphics courses. Shortly after, Jull had developed the entire graphic design emphasis at ISU.

When the Departments of Mass Communication and Communication and Rhetoric Studies combined in 2014, Jull took what was the graphic design emphasis and developed it into a proper design program modeled after other programs in the country. This included courses in illustration, type and layout, and narrative and print.

“My favorite part of teaching was the students,” Jull said. “They kept me feeling young in the creative process. I also loved to see them discover something in the class and run with it.”

One of Jull’s greatest contributions to ISU was introducing the letterpress to her graphics courses. She had always worked in mixed media and was open to having a letterpress at ISU for students and faculty members to use.

The letterpress lab currently has four presses and dozens of type and illustrations. Everything that is currently in the lab was given to Jull or made affordable by businesses because they appreciated the presses being used for student work.

“The history of the presses is important to me,” Jull said. “All of the presses, type, cuts and images are from this region.”

Through teaching her Narrative and Print course, Jull has had each person from every class donate their work to their library special collections to have a living collection of printmaking at ISU, preserving another aspect of history. 

Jull said her takeaway from ISU is that she has always been supported and appreciated by the College, which has encouraged her to stay longer, work harder and get more work done.

Jull emphasizes that she is not retiring instead, she is pursuing her Plan A: Plan Art.



Daniel Hunt, Global Studies and Languages

 Daniel Hunt, associate professor of Spanish, has retired from Idaho State University after for 26 years.

Hunt not only taught at ISU, but also received all three of his degrees in Pocatello. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and anthropology, a master’s degree in English and a doctoral degree in English. He also spent five years as a graduate assistant in English and as a graduate teaching intern in foreign languages.

During his tenure, he taught all levels of Spanish, including Spanish American Literature, Business Spanish, Literature in Translation and Honors Humanities. Hunt said it would be easier to name the courses that he didn’t teach, instead of the ones he did.

“The courses I found most rewarding, and I hope the students did as well, were those I designed around literary themes like Hispanic detective fiction and important writers such as Gabriel García Márquez, as well as those based in the Humanities for the Honors Program,” Hunt said.

He said his favorite thing about teaching Spanish was seeing students gain more respect for other cultures and acquire a less naïve view of their own.

When not teaching, Hunt’s research focused on humor, politics and history in the novella negra and in the Spanish American Chronicle. He also wrote poetry and translations and produced several publications.

Hunt said one of his favorite things about teaching at ISU was the contributions made by departments and programs across campus.

“One of my favorite things was the investment made by the College of Arts & Letters and the University Honors Program in the intrinsic and intangible value of the Humanities,” Hunt said. “The thousands of hours of assistance rendered by support staff, especially by those in the Department, College, Oboler Library, Instructional Technology Resource Center and Student Success Center.”