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Idaho State University

Dr. Karen Appleby

Professor, Sport Science and Physical Education

PE 3322- Introduction to Sport Psychology


PhD, Sport Psychology (2004), University of Tennessee

Primary research interest is in sport psychology, specifically in the area of populations that have not been traditionally researched such as women and the masters athlete population.  Dr. Appleby has conducted research investigating the experience of female athletes in socially defined "masculine" sports (i.e. rock climbing), masters athletes in sports such as competitive road and mountain biking, and also the experiences of elite female atheltes and motherhood.  Other areas of research include the scholarship of enhancing the advising process for undergraduate students.


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Dr. Geoffrey Bennett

Clinical Instructor of Technical General Education, College of Technology

TGE 1257 - Applied Ethics in Technology

Dr. Bennett has lots of differing experiences that informs his research and classroom.  Dr. Bennett has worked as a performer in four countries and six states – including New York on the Radio City Music Hall stage, lived in South Africa for the year leading up to the election of Nelson Mandela in the country’s first fully democratic election, and has been an instructor for (and learned with) over 1800 students.  Dr. Bennet  notes, "the best thing about being an educator – especially in a college setting – is that you are constantly put into contact with amazing human beings.  Every semester, every class, you get to meet people with remarkably different backgrounds and perspectives. I’ve been asked what makes a “good” class – it’s when I come away learning more about the world and my experience in it from the insights of the students I get to interact with.  Turns out… that happens all the time."

Dr. Alex Bolinger

Associate Professor of Management, College of Business

MGT 4499 - Collaborative Creativity: Are you interested in history and writing? Do you want to learn more about what it takes to collaborative on a semester-long, creative project? In this class, you and a select group of peers will learn Pixar Animation's principles of collaborative creativity by writing a book about Idaho during World War II. The book is to be published by Arcadia Publishing so that every member of the class will be able to put "published co-author" on their resume. For more information, please email Dr. Alex Bolinger at


Dr. Bolinger has been with the College of Business for seven years teaching courses in organizational behavior, negotiation and strategic management in the management program. Throughout his time at ISU, Bolinger has shown significant interest in providing a hands-on and engaging learning environment for his students.


Dr. Carrie Bottenberg

Assistant Professor and Director of Geotechnologies, Geosciences

GEOL 4403- Principles of GIS


Dr. Bottenberg's interests involve the disciplines of geology, remote sensing and GIS. Using InSAR techniques, she studies the movement of the Earth's crust to detect volcanic inflation and deflation.  She also models tectonic plate motion in 3D visualization software to understand rifting environments. Specifically,she has worked in Afar, Ethiopia to study the kinematics of the African, Arabian and Somali plates. Other research interests include environmental geochemistry and the effects of heavy metals in streams and exploring past volcanic activity on the Snake River Plain in Idaho using remote sensing and field based studies.

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Dawn Brooks

Instructor, University Honors Program

Coordinator, First Year Student Success

ACAD 1104H - Honors First Year Transition


M.A. Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Idaho State University


Dr. Jasun Carr

Assistant Professor, Communication, Media, and Persuasion

HONS 3391 - Honors Seminar: Video Games


PhD Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014)

Dr. Jasun Carr earned his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His current research projects focus on persuasion, consumer culture, and civic engagement; the interaction of source and generational cohort in new media; and the changing journalistic and persuasive practices within social media platforms. In addition to teaching and research, he acts as webmaster and social media coordinator for the department.



Dr. Benjamin Crosby

Professor and Department Chair, Geosciences

GEOL 1101 - The Dynamic Earth


PhD Geology/Geomorphology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Crosby is fascinated by the physical and biological processes through which the Earth's surface responds to climatic, tectonic and anthropogenic disturbance. He enjoys exploring the response time and morphology of landscape adjustment (rivers, hillslopes, coastlines and the species that inhabit them) and the implications of this adjustment over both human and geologic timescales.  "Research alone does not fill my cup. I teach courses spanning from large enrollment introductions to the earth system to highly focused seminars for graduate students. I am ever-striving to reduce lecture time and incorporate active learning activities into my classes. I also work to develop community-vetted, broadly available curriculum."

Dr. Caryn Evilia

Associate Professor, Biochemistry

CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry I


PhD Chemistry, Univesity of Pennsylvania

Dr. Evilia's research program is concerned with the effects of extreme conditions on proteins and nucleic acids, and on the structural adaptations organisms that live in these conditions have evolved to thrive in their environment. Her lab will study these factors through a combination of experimental and computational biochemistry, structural biology, and ultimately, genetic experimentation with archaebacteria.

Dr. Evilia's interest in archaebacteria started as an undergraduate microbiology major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the lab of Dr. Shiladitya DasSarama, where she investigated the potential for GC-rich promoter sequences to adopt alternative DNA structures. She continued her work on DNA structure as a doctoral candidate in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. As a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Ya-Ming Hou's group at Thomas Jefferson University, she shifted her focus to proteins, investigating the peptide sequence adaptations organisms adopt to cope with extreme environments.


Dr. John Fitzpatrick

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Sports Science and Physical Education

PE 3322 - Intro to Sport Psychology


PhD Physical Education and Exercise Science - Michigan State University (1998). Emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology and sub-disciplines in Motor Development and Research Methods and Design. California State University, Northridge

Masters of Arts degree in Kinesiology, June 1991. Emphasis in Sport Psychology. University of California, Santa Barbara–Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology and a Minor in Coaching, June 1981.

Certified Instructor in Program for Athletic Coaches’ Education.


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Dr. Steven Hall

Instructor, Student Success Center

HONS 3393 - Introduction to Honors Thesis

HONS 4493 - Honors Senior Thesis or Project


PhD English, Idaho State University

Dr. Andrew Holland

Associate Professor, Chemistry

CHEM 3301 - Inorganic Chemistry


PhD Organometallic Chemistry, University of California-Berkeley

Research interests include: Organometallic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Courtney Jenkins

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

CHEM 1111 Lab - General Chemistry I


PhD Biochemistry, Purdue University


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Dr. Alan Johnson

Professor of English and Fullbright Program Advisor

HONS 1101 - Honors Humanities I


PhD English, University of California - Riverside (1998)

Dr. Johnson's expertise is in postcolonial literature and theory, with an emphasis on India, his birthplace. JHe teaches a variety of other courses besides his specialty, such as postcolonial ecocriticism, the novel, major figures (Rushdie, Naipaul), Hindi (or Bollywood) film, literary theory, comparative literature, writing about literature, religion and literature, honors humanities, and first year writing. In 2010 he was a Fulbright-Nehru lecturer in India, focusing on globalization and the place of literature, and  traveled throughout India for research, conferences, and talks.  His current project is an interdisciplinary study of depictions of forests in Indian literature (mostly in English, some in translation). His interdisciplinary interests have taken him to conferences and talks in the U.S. (such as ASLE and RMMLA), India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, England, France, and Canada, as well as, most recently, two literary festivals in India (Bengaluru and Hyderabad).

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Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Honors Program Director

HONS 3393 - Introduction to Honors Thesis

HONS 4493 - Honors Thesis Seminar


PhD Geosciences, State University of New York at Buffalo

Research interests:  physical volcanology, computational fluid dynamics, high performance computing

Dr. Kobs Nawotniak investigates the connection between process and produce in volcanic eruptions, ranging in scale from the origins and underpinnings of monogenetic volcanic fields through eddy-scale mixing in eruption columns. She is currently Geology Co-Lead on the NASA FINESSE project and Deputy PI on the NASA BASALT project, both of which use terrestrial lavas to investigate planetary volcanoes.

Dr. Sarah Partlow Lefevre

Professor, Communication, Media, and Persuasion

COMM 1101 - Principles of Speech


Director, James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society


BA, English, University of Utah;

MA, Communication Studies, University of Kansas;

PhD, Communication Studies, University of Kansas.

Sarah Partlow Lefevre, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion and has been the Director of Debate at Idaho State University since 2001. Dr. Partlow Lefevre began her involvement in debate in 1991 at the University of Utah where she completed her undergraduate degree. She then pursued both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas where she was an Assistant Debate Coach. Coaching highlights from her time at ISU include: two 3rd place finishes in Public Forum Debate at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals, First Place in British Parliamentary Debate at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals, multiple First Round At Large Bids to the National Debate Tournament, 3rd Place at Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals, Second Speaker at both the NDT and CEDA national tournaments among hundreds of other awards and acclamations. She was a member of the NDT Committee for several years and served as President of the Cross Examination Debate Association. Dr. Partlow Lefevre is currently the Director of the National Debate Tournament and serves on the Board of the Women’s Debate Institute.

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Dr. Matthew Levay

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, English

HONS 1101 - Honors Humanities I


PhD English, University of Washington (2009)

Research and teaching focuses on twentieth-century British literature and culture, with emphases in modernism, the history and theory of the novel, literary genres, and popular print culture.

Dr. Levay recently began a new project on modernism and the novel series, tentatively titled Time and Again: Twentieth-Century British Fiction and the Form of the Series. This book aims to show how and why novel series have played an underappreciated yet pivotal role in shaping modernist aesthetics, and how experimentation with serial forms allowed authors to manipulate their readers' experiences of narrative time, characterization, and plot.

Dr. Levay is partcularly interested in genre fictions, comics, and periodicals that explicitly or implicitly blur the lines between popular and experimental form, and in how those works complicate our understanding of cultural capital, aesthetic value, and generic definition. Articles on the early history of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the relationship between criminology and crime fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in edited collections, and he recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies on “Seriality.” Finally, he continues to write about comics and graphic narrative, and am currently working on a set of essays on anachronism in contemporary comics.

His research in these areas also contributes to his teaching, which, from introductory literature courses to advanced graduate seminars, emphasizes neglected texts alongside canonical works. He is deeply invested in graduate education, and in highlighting the value of academic writing as a vehicle for intellectual engagement and expression.

Dr. Robert Lion

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Organizational Learning and Performance

HONS 3391 - Honors Seminar: Motivation


PhD Training and Performance Improvement Capella University (2010)

Dr. Paul Link

Professor, Geosciences

GEOL 4471 - Historical Geography of Idaho


PhD Geology, University of California - Santa Barbara


Research interests include: Geology of Idaho, Belt Supergroup, Windermere Supergroup; Neogene stratigraphy on the Snake River Plain; Stratigraphy and basin analysis.  Former field camp director for "Lost River Field Station" in Mackay, Idaho.

Dr. Joshua Pak

Department Chair and Professor, Chemistry

CHEM 3303 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab


PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Oregon (1999)

Research in Pak Lab consists of synthesis and study of “non-natural” nano- to meso-scale materials. They utilize modern synthetic methods for the preparation of novel inorganic, organic, organometallic, and organic-inorganic hybrid materials with technologically important properties such as (semi-)conductivity and nonlinear optical (NLO) activities.  In addition to preparation of organic, organometallic, and inorganic materials, they collaborate with various research groups at ISU and around the world in analysis, device construction, and device testing.

Dr. Jamie Romine-Gabardi

Coordinator, University Honors Program

ACAD 1104H - Honors First Year Transition

THEA 1118 - Oral Interpretation


PhD Theatre, Arizona State University (2008)

Dr. Romine-Gabardi holds a PhD in Theatre, emphasis theatre for youth, from Arizona State University in addition to an Idaho Teaching Certification in Speech, Drama, and History.



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Lewis Thomas

Instructor, Department of Anthropology

ANTH 2237-H - People and Cultures of the World

HONS 3391 - Honors Seminar - Hair


M.A., ABD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Thomas has carried out extensive research in Burma (Myanmar) since 1996. Doctoral research was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the University of Illinois, and focused on the development of tourism in Burma (Myanmar) and related processes of social change. Other research interests include globalization, post-colonial theory, and the anthropology of Mormonism.

Dr. Denise Tambasco

Director, TRIO McNair Scholars Program

HONS 4493 - Honors Senior Thesis or Project


PhD Educational Leadership, University of California - Davis (2017)

Dr. Tambasco is a native of California, a first generation college student, and a McNair alum. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Chaminade University of Honolulu, with a minor in English Literature which she earned during her year abroad at University of Essex, England. After graduating, Denise worked at NYU School of Medicine in the microbiology department as a research technician. During her time at NYU, Denise discovered that she was passionate about education and decided to change career paths. Denise earned her Master’s degree in Education, and a secondary teaching credential in Science from National University. After teaching middle school math and science, Denise joined a non-profit youth development program where she served as the Program Director. Her work in this comprehensive program was designed around helping youth envision goals for their future — whether that was college, vocational school or another path — and then work toward those goals within a structured support network. In 2017, Denise earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at University of California, Davis. Denise’s educational philosophy is student-centered and strength-based.Denise is also a photography instructor, loves to travel, and sing.

Dr. Jeff Street

Associate Professor - Management and Director - Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)

HONS 3391 - H2: Honors Seminar, Orange You Creative

Dr. Street holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. His areas of research and teaching bridge his dual interests in strategic management and operations management, particularly where processes and systems germane where operations management can be leveraged to achieve competitive advantage.