Staff and Contact Information

The Main Office of the Graduate School is located in Room 401, on the top floor of the Museum Building (Idaho Museum of Natural History).

Graduate School
Idaho State University
921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8075
Pocatello ID 83209-8075

Phone: (208) 282-2150
Fax: (208) 282-4847

Cornelis J. Van der Schyf, B. Pharm., D.Sc., DTE, Dean

Cornelis J. Van der Schyf, B. Pharm., D.Sc., DTE

Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Office: Room 411, Museum Building

(208) 282-2150

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Tracy Collum, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Office: Room 409, Museum Building

(208) 282-3140

Tracy’s role in the graduate school is to implement strategies to reach enrollment goals, provide services to help students with their professional development, evaluate policies, petitions, and requests, as well as support faculty and departments in the development and recruitment of graduate programs.

Tracy joined ISU in May 2014 after 12 years working with adult completion programs and graduate students in North Carolina.  With degrees from North Carolina State (Ed.D. Adult & Higher Education), Springfield College (M.S. Physical Education- Sport Psychology) and High Point University (B.S. Psychology), Tracy has worked in higher education since 2002. Recent presentations in the areas of leadership, Q-methodology, recruitment, admission, and enrollment at regional, national and international conferences include: National Association of Graduate Admission Professionals (NAGAP), Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS), and International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS).  Tracy has also been part of panels, presentations, and published articles on student service in higher education.

Previously, Tracy has been the President and Vice-President of the NC Adult Education Association and founding Vice-President of the Southeastern Regional Chapter of NAGAP. With an extensive administrative background in higher education, Tracy has been part of multiple steering committees to move from a 3 credit to a 4 credit curriculum, bringing student conferences to campus, strategic planning, and research/assessment – amongst others. 

Tracy has been instrumental in bringing a graduate research poster session/symposium to two universities to promote and showcase the academic efforts graduate students are conducting, growing participation each year.

Amanda Eakins, M.Ed.

Interim Associate Director for Operations

Office: Room 412, Museum Building

(208) 282-2665

Amanda’s role in the graduate school is to manage funding accounts such as student travel scholarship; nonresident tuition Waivers (NRTW); ASISU scholarships; Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA); Graduate Assistantship Teaching Experience (GATE); and Graduate Recruitment Assistantships for Faculty (GRAF); staff Advisor for the Graduate Student Association; as well as HR, payroll, staff supervision and development.

Amanda joined the Graduate School in February 2016. Her professional experience is enriched by a B.S. in Management and a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning with a student services cognate.  She is currently a doctoral student in the Ed Leadership and Management Program at St. Thomas University. Amanda has more than 10 years of progressive leadership and management experience of operations in fields such as Medical, Dental, Real Estate, Logistics and Construction. She began her higher education career in 2014 at the University of Oregon, College of Education. She is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi (KPD) and serves on the International committee and International Partnership subcommittee. Amanda has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals,  and has presented at numerous conferences on Student Success initiatives for students from marginalized populations. She is a Veteran of the United States Army and has received awards such as “Soldier of the Year” for her Unit and Battalion.

Student Engagement & Success

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Anna Siddoway

Recruitment, Retention & Graduation Coordinator

Office: Room 401, Museum Building

(208) 282-3362

Anna’s responsibilities include Degree Clearance, Programs of Study, Event Planning, Recruitment Support, Current Student Support, and Petitions.

Anna Siddoway has worked for the Graduate School since 2008. She started while in her undergraduate degree as a student intern working with applications and email correspondences. Currently, she is a graduate student in the Health Education program.


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Elizabeth "Liz" Christensen

Admissions Coordinator

Office: Room 416, Museum Building

(208) 282-3276

Liz works with processing new applications and admissions for new and current students. Her latest project is working in conjunction with the CollegeNet team where she leads the operations for the new application system for the Graduate School.

Liz has been with the Graduate School since the spring of 2014. Liz has earned degrees in Biology and Theatre from Idaho State University. She completed the ISU Leadership Development Program in 2015 and has been awarded the ISU Customer Service Spot Award. She has held a variety of positions focusing on improving the customer experience and customer service.

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Bea Valencia

International Admissions Coordinator

Office: Room 415, Museum Building

(208) 282-2270

Bea’s role in the graduate school focuses on International Admissions which includes International Student Assistance, Admissions, Recruitment Support, and the managing of College Week Live, an online platform used for real-time dialogue between the Graduate School and international students.

The Graduate School welcomed Bea to the staff in August 2015. Prior, she worked at the International Programs Office with International Recruitment and the Study Abroad Program. As an ISU undergraduate student, Bea was a 2 year ASISU senator for the College of Education. Born and raised in Reno, NV and graduated from Pershing County High School in Lovelock, NV.  After graduating with a B.A in Sociology/Criminology in 2016 at ISU, Bea was admitted to the Masters of Public Administration Program at ISU.


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Thomas Naranjo

Media & Data Coordinator

Office: Room 413, Museum Building

(208) 282-4911

Thomas's role includes data reporting, media support, and records management. He also edits the Graduate Catalog, is the Graduate School’s webmaster, and assists with customer insights.

Thomas has been with the Graduate School since August 2016. He has an A.A.S. in Electronics/Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics emphasis. His interest in technology has led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Thomas’s last appointment was with the University of Utah where he worked for 4 years in a research group.

Career Path Interns

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Jade Davenport

Admissions & Finance

Jade performs several tasks for the Graduate School including Admissions and Online Applications, and Financial Coding.

Jade has been a CPI at the Graduate School for over a year. She will be awarded her BBA in Accounting and Finance this May, and will pursue her MAcc and MBA in the fall.

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Kailey Murphy


Kailey assists faculty, students, and prospective graduate applicants in finding solutions to their unique questions and concerns.

Kailey has worked at the Graduate School as a CPI for two and a half years. She is a senior studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Audiology along with a minor in Professional and Technical Writing.

Kiki Wu

Marketing and Media

Kiki currently assists the Graduate School’s Media Coordinator with social media, website content and creative works.

Kiki has been working at the graduate school as a CPI for over one year. Her majors are in marketing and finance, but she wants to focus on marketing in the future. Kiki is a senior right now and will be graduating in December 2017.

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Volkan Aktas

International Admissions and Recruitment

Volkan’s role includes International Student Recruitment Support, Admissions and Online Applications Support, Graduate School Liaison Support, Customer Service Support, and helping to run College WeekLive, an online platform that provides real-time dialogue between the Graduate School and international students.

Volkan has been with the Graduate School since the fall 2016. His academic background includes a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Public Administration. Volkan is also the President of the Graduate Student Association and serves in this capacity to facilitate relationships and address organizational concerns between the Graduate School and current graduate students.



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921 S. 8th Ave, Mail Stop 8075

Pocatello, ID 83209-8075


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