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College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences


CLASS Notes, November 16, 2017

Over the past hundred-plus years, our college has done amazing work. We have graduated over 23,000 students, made lasting contributions to the local, state and national economies, contributed countless publications and creative works to our fields, and hosted tens of thousands of events. One thing that we haven’t always been great at is telling people about this work and our story. What we do is inspirational, exciting and important. We must communicate our value to our friends and all those who have a stake in our present and our future, including prospective students. Now more than ever, because of program prioritization and the university’s increased accountability to our state board, shouting our successes from the rooftops is essential and critical. I know we want our college to continue to thrive for the next hundred years.

Since the CLASS Marketing and Communications team came together in July 2016, they have been working tirelessly to promote our students, staff, faculty and programs. I encourage you to learn more about their work during the first three months of FY18. Some of the great highlights:

  • 22 press releases were sent and seven faculty experts were highlighted during the quarter, resulting in 43 published articles with a reach of 1.3 million people.
  • Implementation of the online degree marketing plan resulted in 147 enrolled students this fall. Organizational sciences, general studies and psychology all surpassed their FY18 headcount goals.
  • The CLASS website had 142,128 page views in Q1. This is an increase of more than 14,000 page views than this period in 2016.
  • Our social media presence continues to grow. We’ve more than doubled the number of followers since this time last year and had 79,245 impressions on 122 posts in Q1.

The efforts of our marketing and communications team are interwoven in our cascaded plan and benefits us all. Please continue to reach out to them for assistance with promoting your program, event, achievements or research. CLASS has so many great stories to tell. It is time for us to stop being humble and start bragging about all of this great work. At this moment in the college’s history, it is among the most important work that we can do together.

— Andy

Andy Kersten
Dean Andy Kersten

New CLASS News Webpage

In an effort to tell more of our story (Cultivate, Objective C), CLASS’s “News” webpage was refreshed and reorganized. In addition to the RSS feed, viewers will now find individual pages for alumni, faculty/staff and student news. These pages are updated on a weekly basis and are a great spot to learn more about your colleagues’ achievements or to promote the great works of your alumni, students and faculty/staff. Send your updates to Kathy Foss.


Early Release for Employees

All non-essential benefit-eligible personnel will be released at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and employees will not be required to use annual leave or comp time to cover this time. Supervisors are encouraged to schedule work assignments so that all non-essential personnel can leave promptly at noon. Supervisors are also encouraged to work with essential personnel to permit equivalent release time for those unable to be released on November 22. It is intended that the leave will be used on November 22, however, if you are unable because you are essential personnel, or you work a differential shift, please work with your supervisor so that equivalent time can be used prior to the end of the payroll period (December 2). If you regularly record hours worked, please enter the appropriate leave code appearing in your time sheet (Administrative Leave or Temp Help – Paid Admin Leave) for the number of hours you take, up to four. Exempt employees who work more than four hours in a day will not need to record any leave.

New Academic Fact Sheets

New fact sheets for CLASS’s undergraduate degrees have been distributed to each of your departments. Please use these pieces exclusively in the recruitment of your potential students and recycle the older 8.5x11” pieces. For any questions about the new fact sheets, contact the CLASS Student Services team.

New Volunteer Guidelines

Please visit to find updated information regarding volunteers. Risk Management asks that you discard any other forms saved out on your computer or elsewhere, and use the new guidelines. Any questions, please contact Risk at 208-885-7177 or

Directory of Faculty Interest/Expertise Related to Water Resources

The Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) has moved to the Moscow campus, and is building a directory of faculty who have research or scholarly activities/interests that involve water, in the broadest sense of the word. IWRRI will develop an electronically distributed Water Resources Faculty Directory that would include all of these faculty. The intent of the Directory would be to facilitate cross-campus collaboration centered upon topics revolving around water. If you are interested in being included in the Faculty Directory, please email Alan Kolok, Director at for more information.

Faculty News

LHSOM Welcomes New Faculty Members

This fall, the Lionel Hampton School of Music welcomed five new faculty members to its team. Welcome to:

Spencer Martin Takes Leadership Role

Congratulations to Spencer Martin, director of athletic bands, who began a new leadership role this fall as the associate director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music.

Grants will support outreach, research projects

Denise Bennett, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, recently received extra financial support of her project titled “Idaho’s LGBTQ Community.” The project, a collaboration with the UI Library, aims to collect oral histories and a digital archive from members of the LGBTQ community in every county of the state. Bennett received a $4,000 grant from the Pride Foundation, a $2,000 grant from the Idaho State Historical Society and some private donations, which will be matched by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

Denise Bennett
Denise Bennett

Meanwhile, a $2,000 grant from the Idaho Humanities Council will support a lecture by Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, Feb. 12, 2018.  Mr. Whitehead will be the keynote speaker for U of I’s Black History Month. Kenton Bird, associate professor of JAMM, wrote the grant proposal. The Underground Railroad, a novel, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Whitehead’s lecture is sponsored by CLASS and the following units in the college: English, History, Journalism and Mass Media, and Sociology/Anthropology. Additional support comes from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

New Publications from Aleta Quinn

Quinn, A. 2017. “Whewell on Classification and Consilience.” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 64: 65-74.

Quinn, A. 2017. “When is a cladist not a cladist?” Biology and Philosophy 32(4): 581-594.

Aleta Quinn
Aleta Quinn

Commencement Regalia for CLASS Faculty

Regalia is available in the CLASS Dean’s Office for CLASS faculty members who will be attending Commencement on Dec. 9. Robes, hoods and tams can be borrowed for the event at no charge. As the supply is limited, contact Jean Planagan as soon as possible to reserve regalia, mentioning your height to assure the proper fit. Reserved regalia can be picked up prior to Commencement in Admin 112, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Idaho Local Government Initiative

The Department of Politics and Philosophy announces the re-inception of the local government economic development initiative under the banner of the Idaho Local Government Initiative. The team’s strengths include analytical abilities in the areas of economic development and local government. There are few organizations in the country that can rival this initiative in local government analytics, and all of the scholars have national reputations in their areas of expertise. New members have expertise in economic development, government budgeting and finance, banking and local government law.

NROTC Service Assignments

On Friday, Oct. 20, the class of 2018 Navy-option midshipmen received the warfare community assignments they will be commissioned into at the end of the academic year! Midshipmen Matthew Cox and John McKay will attend Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina as student submarine officers. Midshipman Alyse Bailey and Officer Candidate Mark Gettmann will attend flight school in Pensacola, Florida, with Midshipman Bailey training as a student naval flight officer and Officer Candidate Gettmann as a student naval aviator. All students received their first choice — a testament to their hard work and dedication invested during their time at the unit.

Matthew Cox, Mark Gettmann, John McKay, and Alyse Bailey
(From left) Midshipman Matthew Cox, Officer Candidate Mark Gettmann, Midshipman John McKay, and Midshipman Alyse Bailey proudly display their service assignment certificates.

Jazz Fest Tickets on Sale

Series tickets to the 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival are on sale now. Reserve your seats for two nights of exciting jazz music on Feb. 23-24, with large savings over buying individual night seats. Tickets are available at the U of I Ticket Office.

CLASS in the News

A sampling of the latest stories featuring our CLASS faculty and staff:

Falling for illusions — UI researcher finds evolutionary reasons for optical illusions (Russell Jackson [psychology], The Argonaut, Nov. 8)

Women reporting sports — SPJ panel highlights women in sports media and advice they have for young reporters (Julie Scott [JAMM], The Argonaut, Nov. 6)

A night of tradition — Africa Night celebrates modern style dances and traditions (Ro Afatchao [international studies], The Argonaut, Nov. 6)

Snaps to the F-word — Poets shared their thoughts on feminism during annual F-Word Live Poetry Slam at UI (Traci Craig [psychology], The Argonaut, Nov. 6)

Trump’s Public Lands Policy Arcs Toward Extraction (Adam Sowards [history], Outside Magazine, Nov. 3)

Portal to the soul — Office of Multicultural Affairs celebrates Day of the Dead (Lori Celaya [MLC], The Argonaut, Nov. 2)

Locals explore feminism through poetry (Traci Craig [psychology], The Daily Evergreen, Nov. 2)

Professor says First Amendment may be in trouble (Steven Smith [JAMM], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Oct. 31)

The Funny Trick Which Is Statistically Proven to Help Raise Your Salary (Todd Thorsteinson [psychology], Reader’s Digest, Oct. 30)

Discussing the “profoundly uncomfortable” — 2017 Common Read Keynote Address will be held October 23rd (Sarah Nelson [MLC], The Argonaut, Oct. 23)


Brian Blanchfield Book Reading

University of Idaho's Creative Writing Program welcomes Brian Blanchfield as new faculty. Blanchfield will be at BookPeople of Moscow Thursday, Nov. 16th at 7:30 p.m. for a reading and signing. Blanchfield is the author of three books of prose and poetry, most recently, Proxies, a collection of essays — part cultural studies, part dicey autobiography — for which he received a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction.

Secrets to Writing a Successful University of Idaho Seed Grant Proposal

A Workshop for Early Career CLASS Faculty with ORED's Sarah Koerber Office of Research and Economic Development and Chair of the U of I Seed Grant Program, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 from 12-1 PM in Morrill 402 to learn strategies to write a competitive U of I Seed Grant proposal.

The U of I Seed Grant program’s objectives are to promote research, outreach and creative activities in all branches of learning that will improve competitiveness for external funding, and/or which will result in publications, patents, recognition, awards or exhibitions/performances appropriate to the PI’s discipline. The Seed Grant program is sponsored by the U of I Office of Research and Economic Development. Seed Grant proposals will be due in mid-February 2018. This workshop is open to all CLASS early career faculty who have been at the U of I 5 years or less and/or are still Assistant Professors. Space is limited! Please RSVP to Diane Kelly-Riley at

Search Committee Training

All staff and faculty should attend Search Committee Training, next scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10-11:30 a.m. in Bruce Pitman Center 045. This new training is specifically designed for hiring authorities, search committee chairs and committee members. This training provides a deeper understanding of U of I’s recruitment and hiring process. Topics covered include:

  • roles of the search committee chair and committee members
  • positive recruitment strategies
  • selection criteria
  • anti-bias awareness
  • interviewing
  • reference checking and more

To register, please visit the Professional Development & Learning Registration Site.

To schedule a departmental training (shorter presentations are an option), or if you have questions, please contact Alisa Goolsby, CLASS Affirmative Action Coordinator.

Active Shooter Response Training

University of Idaho faculty, staff and students in Moscow are invited to participate in an active shooter response training, sponsored by Staff Council, the Office of Public Safety and Security, Moscow Police Department and Moscow SWAT Team. This 90-minute training will offer an overview of the university's policies and procedures for responding to an active shooter, how you can stay safe and steps you can take to save lives. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center. For more information, email

Book Reading: Bullets into Bells

Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence launches with its very first public reading here in Moscow. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at BookPeople of Moscow. Several English Department faculty and graduate students will be reading. Bullets into Bells is the first poetry anthology in the United States focused on the effects of widespread gun violence, and pairs contemporary poems with responses by gun violence survivors, family members of victims, law enforcement officers, clergy members, politicians and a range of other voices. This Bullets into Bells Idaho launch will include readings by Alexandra Teague and Robert Wrigley (both of whom have work in the anthology), as well as readings from the anthology by other local poets, activists, and writers.

Save the Date – 28th U of I Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert

Get in the holiday spirit by joining the University of Idaho Jazz Choirs on Friday, Dec. 8 for their annual holiday concert. This family friendly holiday tradition begins at 7 p.m. in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. Admission is free, but cash donations benefiting Lionel Hampton School of Music student scholarships will be accepted at the door. Presented by CLASS and the Office of the President.

Zachary Turpin Featured in Upcoming SAS Talk

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development for the Short and Sweet (SAS) Research Speaker Series from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the IRIC Step Auditorium. CLASS’s own Zachary Turpin (English) will be one of seven university researchers presenting in a rapid-fire style (20 images, 20 seconds each). Networking time to follow. 

2018 Hemingway Festival

Save the date for the University of Idaho Hemingway Festival – March 1-3, 2018.

Academic Dates and Deadlines

November 17: Deadline to withdraw from late 8-week classes

December 9: Fall Commencement

December 15: Deadline to submit grades for incompletes given in spring or summer 2017

December 18: Deadline to add or drop winter classes without a “W”

December 19: Fall final grades due by noon


College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences