C of I Experts Guide

Search for experts at The College of Idaho by viewing our experts guide below. Our faculty and staff are available in the following areas:

  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Caldwell Fine Arts
  • Campus Safety
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics & Physics
  • Modern Foreign Languages & Cultures
  • Music
  • Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Physical Education
  • Political Economy
  • Psychology
  • Theatre

To arrange interviews with C of I experts, contact Dustin Wunderlich, director of marketing and communications, at dwunderlich@collegeofidaho.edu or 208-459-5820, or Jordan Rodriguez, communications specialist, at jrodriguez@collegeofidaho.edu or 208-459-5529.

Anthropology and Sociology

Scott Draper

Expertise Areas: Religion and society; social interaction; social inequality; criminology; violence and gun control in the United States

Phone Number: 459-5807

Email: sdraper@collegeofidaho.edu

Kathy Seibold

Expertise Areas: Indigenous peoples of the Andes, Peru, Latin American textiles

Phone Number: 459-5882

Email: kseibold@collegeofidaho.edu

Art

Garth Claassen

Expertise Areas: Art history, gallery curator, British art, figure drawing

Phone Number: 459-5321

Email: gclaassen@collegeofidaho.edu

Stephen Fisher

Expertise Areas: Ceramics; sculpture

Phone Number: 459-5684

Email: sfisher@collegeofidaho.edu

MICHAEL CAPELL

Expertise Areas: Graphic design, animation, illustration, web design, stop-motion

Phone Number: 459-5325

Email: mcapell@collegeofidaho.edu

Astronomy

James Dull

Expertise Areas: Astronomy and astrophysics, particularly observational methods, variable stars, near earth objects; physics (including  optics, motion, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermal physics); karate (styles and purpose of karate, self-defense)

Phone Number: 459-5667

Emailjdull@collegeofidaho.edu

Katie Devine

Expertise Areas: General astronomy; radio astronomy; star formation

Phone Number: 459-5064

Emailkdevine@collegeofidaho.edu

Biology

Mark Gunderson

Expertise Areas: Endocrine disruption, reproduction, endocrinology, physiology

Phone Number: 459-5657

Email: mgunderson@collegeofidaho.edu

Sara Heggland

Expertise Areas: Cytotoxicology, cadmium toxicity, endocrinology, reproductive biology, skeletal biology

Phone Number: 459-5063

Email: sheggland@collegeofidaho.edu

Ann Koga

Expertise Areas: Immunology

Phone Number: 459-5040

Email: akoga@collegeofidaho.edu

Don Mansfield

Expertise Areas: Flora of southeastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, botany, seed biology, plant physiology; Also see Environmental Studies, Biological and botanical perspectives on environmental issues in southwestern Idaho (invasive species, grazing, local food); Also see Biology

Phone Number: 459-5287

Email: dmansfield@collegeofidaho.edu

Suzanne Oppenheimer

Expertise Areas: Ornithology and animal behavior

Phone Number: 459-5214

Email: soppenheimer@collegeofidaho.edu

Chris Walser

Expertise Areas: Stream ecology focusing on fishes with particular interest in salmon and redband trout; all aspects of marine biology, Environmental issues concerning marine and freshwater systems (overfishing, loss of coral reefs, pollution, introduced species, etc.)

Phone Number: 459-5632

Email: cwalser@collegeofidaho.edu

Eric Yensen

Expertise Areas: Ecology, mammalogy, ground squirrels, conservation biology, natural history of the Intermountain West, evolution, conservation biology

Phone Number: 459-5335

Email: eyensen@collegeofidaho.edu

Business

Stephen Ackerman

Expertise Areas: State economic issues (policy implications on business/private sector); national economic issues (fiscal policy and industry-related actions); international economic issues (trade policy); State and national political issues (policy approaches, political party developments); U.S. foreign policy issues

Email: sackerman@collegeofidaho.edu

Kirsten Mast

Expertise Areas: Management information systems, Information Technology, business law

Phone Number: 459-5824

Email: kmast@collegeofidaho.edu

Kristina MazuraK

Expertise Areas: Management science, decision sciences, statistics

Phone Number: 459-5834

Email: kmazurak@collegeofidaho.edu 

Marilyn Melchiorre

Expertise Areas: Marketing (social media, strategy, research, advertising, public relations); Integrated marketing communication; Consumer behavior; Workforce development (employee training and development); Cultural differences and international business 

Phone Number: 459-5806

Email: mmelchiorre@collegeofidaho.edu 

Matthew North

Expertise Areas: Data mining  and predictive analytics; Data ethics (collection, storage, sharing, and privacy matters); Mobile applications and social networking in business (marketing, customer and public relations, remote access and management); Geographic Information Systems (especially as a decision support system)

Phone Number: 459-5803

Email: mnorth@collegeofidaho.edu

Caldwell Fine Arts

Sylvia Hunt

Expertise Areas: Performing arts, Jewett Auditorium, organ

Phone Number: 459-5841

Email: shunt@collegeofidaho.edu

Campus Safety

Allan LairD

Expertise Areas: Community policing, proactive problem solving in both police departments and campus public safety, instructor for initial response to weapons of mass destruction, instructor for initial response to suicide bombers, instructor for unarmed response to active killers, CPR/first aid instructor

Phone Number: 459-5454

Email: alaird@collegeofidaho.edu

Chemistry

Carolyn Dadabay

Expertise Areas: Biochemistry

Phone Number: 459-5228

Email: cdadabay@collegeofidaho.edu

John Thurston

Expertise Areas: Inorganic chemistry, materials science

Phone Number: 459-5531

Email: jthurston@collegeofidaho.edu

Scott Truksa

Expertise Areas: Environmental chemistry and physical science

Phone Number: 459-5532

Email: struksa@collegeofidaho.edu

Education

Don Burwell

Expertise Areas: Ethnographies, qualitative research, educational technology, social studies education, pedagogy, philosophy of education, history of education

Phone Number: 459-5232

Email: dburwell@collegeofidaho.edu

Patti Copple

Expertise Areas: Children's literature, elementary education, literacy, supervision of instruction, English education

Phone Number: 459-5233

Email: pcopple@collegeofidaho.edu

Debra YateS

Expertise Areas: At-risk youth, alternative schools (including charter schools), current trends in educational policies, educational reform, qualitative research - especially case studies and narrative inquiry, school improvement/turnaround schools, single-gender classrooms/schools, single-sex education

Phone Number: 459-5212

Email: dyates@collegeofidaho.edu

English

Maimuna Islam

Expertise Areas: Postcolonial literature, immigrant literature, Asian studies, fiction writing

Phone Number: 459-5114

Email: mislam@collegeofidaho.edu

Rochelle Johnson

Expertise Areas: American literature and culture before 1865; environmental history and the development of American environmental attitudes, ethics, values, and aesthetic beliefs; community environmental projects; American transcendentalism; food and culture (the industrial food system, local food movements, and slow food). Also see Environmental Studies,

Phone Number: 459-5894

Email: rjohnson@collegeofidaho.edu

Scott Knickerbocker

Expertise Areas: 19th- and 20th-century American literature, ecocriticism, poetry and poetics, creative nonfiction, literature of the American West, environmental literature, environmental studies, old-time Appalachian Mountain music. Also see Environmental Studies,

Phone Number: 459-5895

Email: sknickerbocker@collegeofidaho.edu

Alan Minskoff

Expertise Areas: Journalism, including newspaper and magazine writing and editing; creative writing, travel writing and Idaho wines

Phone Number: 459-5669

Email: aminskoff@collegeofidaho.edu

Diane Raptosh

Expertise Areas: Poetry writing, contemporary poetry, prison literature

Phone Number: 459-5892

Email: draptosh@collegeofidaho.edu

Sue Schaper

Expertise Areas: 19th and 20th century British literature

Phone Number: 459-5837

Email: sschaper@collegeofidaho.edu

Eric Spencer

Expertise Areas: Shakespeare, medieval, and Renaissance English literature

Phone Number: 459-5832

Email: espencer@collegeofidaho.edu

Environmental Studies

Jim Angresano

Expertise Areas: International political economy, particularly France, Sweden and other welfare states, China, and development of poor countries, Ecological economics related to resource consumption, international economic issues

Phone Number: 459-5207

Email: jangresano@collegeofidaho.edu

Rochelle Johnson

Expertise Areas: American literature and culture before 1865; environmental history and the development of American environmental attitudes, ethics, values, and aesthetic beliefs; community environmental projects; American transcendentalism; food and culture (the industrial food system, local food movements, and slow food). Also see English

Phone Number: 459-5894

Email: rjohnson@collegeofidaho.edu

Scott Knickerbocker

Expertise Areas: 19th- and 20th-century American literature, ecocriticism, poetry and poetics, creative nonfiction, literature of the American West, environmental literature, environmental studies, old-time Appalachian Mountain music; Also see Environmental Studies, 19th- and 20th-century American literature, ecocriticism, poetry and poetics, creative nonfiction, literature of the American West, environmental literature, environmental studies, old-time Appalachian Mountain music; Also see English

Phone Number: 459-5895

Email: sknickerbocker@collegeofidaho.edu

Jasper LiCalzi

Expertise Areas: American environmental policy, how to turn environmental issues into policy, State politics, local politics, American government, Congress, the presidency

Phone Number: 459-5829

Email: jlicalzi@collegeofidaho.edu

Don MansfielD

Expertise Areas: Flora of southeastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, botany, seed biology, plant physiology; Also see Environmental Studies, Biological and botanical perspectives on environmental issues in southwestern Idaho (invasive species, grazing, local food); Also see Biology

Phone Number: 459-5287

Email: dmansfield@collegeofidaho.edu

Kathy SeibolD

Expertise Areas: Indigenous peoples of the Andes, Peru, Latin American textiles

Phone Number: 459-5882

Email: kseibold@collegeofidaho.edu

Scott Truksa

Expertise Areas: Environmental chemistry and physical science

Phone Number: 459-5532

Email: struksa@collegeofidaho.edu

Elizabeth Wakeman

Expertise Areas: Environmental philosophy and ethics, Ethicist, including biomedical ethics; philosophy of the environment and decision-making about the environment, philosophy of justice, Foster parent; involved with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Phone Number: 459-5522

Email: ewakeman@collegeofidaho.edu

Chris Walser

Expertise Areas: Stream ecology focusing on fishes with particular interest in salmon and redband trout; all aspects of marine biology, Environmental issues concerning marine and freshwater systems (overfishing, loss of coral reefs, pollution, introduced species, etc.)

Phone Number: 459-5632

Email: cwalser@collegeofidaho.edu

Eric Yensen

Expertise Areas: Ecology, mammalogy, ground squirrels, conservation biology, natural history of the Intermountain West, evolution, conservation biology

Phone Number: 459-5335

Email: eyensen@collegeofidaho.edu

History

Howard Berger

Expertise Areas: Histories of the United States, Israel and Russia; Jewish history

Phone Number: 459-5668

Emailhberger@collegeofidaho.edu

Mee-Ae Kim

Expertise Areas: Histories of Mexico and Latin America

Phone Number: 459-5018

Emailmkim@collegeofidaho.edu

Steve Maughan

Expertise Areas: Great Britain, the British Empire and imperialism; modern Europe; South Asia and European religions

Phone Number: 459-5853

Emailsmaughan@collegeofidaho.edu

Mark Smith

Expertise Areas: Ancient history; archaeology; ancient religion

Phone Number: 459-5852

Emailmsmith@collegeofidaho.edu

Jeff Snyder-Reinke

Expertise Areas: Histories of China, Japan and Southeast Asia; Chinese religion

Phone Number: 459-5750

Emailjsnyder@collegeofidaho.edu 

Mathematics & Physics

James Dull

Expertise Areas: Astronomy and astrophysics, particularly observational methods, variable stars, near earth objects; physics (including  optics, motion, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermal physics); karate (styles and purpose of karate, self-defense)

Phone Number: 459-5667

Email: jdull@collegeofidaho.edu

Dave Rosoff

Expertise Areas: Recent progress in mathematical research, especially topology, geometry, number theory, cryptography; Recent progress in research in some parts of theoretical physics, e.g. string theory; Major mathematical prize recipients (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Wolf Prize, Clay Prize, etc.)

Phone Number: 459-5682

Email: drosoff@collegeofidaho.edu

Modern Foreign Languages & Cultures

Ellen Batt

Expertise Areas: Applied linguistics, second language acquisition, linguistic minority education, bilingual education, English as a Second Language methodology, travel in German-speaking Europe, German language and culture

Phone Number: 459-5814

Email: ebatt@collegeofidaho.edu

Paul Sebastian

Expertise Areas: Second language acquisition and technology in the foreign language classroom; Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, particularly Chilean culture.

Phone Number: 459-5809

Email: psebastian@collegeofidaho.edu

Music

Lisa Derry

Expertise Areas: Music theory and composition, music technology, piano accompaniment

Phone Number: 459-5520

Email: lderry@collegeofidaho.edu

David Johnson

Expertise Areas: Violist, chamber music and quartet coach, teaches violists, beginning violinists, music fundamentals and string methods, member of Langroise Trio

Phone Number: 459-5821

Email: dwjohnson@collegeofidaho.edu

Paul Moulton

Expertise Areas: Musicology, ethnomusicology, 18th-19th century music, music of Scotland, Celtic music

Phone Number: 459-5217

Email: pmoulton@collegeofidaho.edu

Sam Smith

Expertise Areas: Cellist, musical performance, director of College Orchestra, member of The College of Idaho Langroise Trio, associate principal in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra

Phone Number: 459-5428

Email: swsmith@collegeofidaho.edu

Geoffrey Trabichoff

Expertise Areas: Violinist; concertmaster; member of The College of Idaho Langroise Trio; teacher; Mozart nut.

Phone Number: 459-5812

Email: gtrabichoff@collegeofidaho.edu

Mari Jo Tynan

Expertise Areas: Voice, opera, musicals

Phone Number: 459-5249

Email: mjtynon@collegeofidaho.edu

Brent Wells

Expertise Areas: Choral/vocal instruction; conducting technique; folk song based composition and collecting (particularly the English folk song)

Phone Number: 459-5607

Email: bwells@collegeofidaho.edu

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

Bill Clark

Expertise Areas: Desert ecology; entomology; Idaho ants; biodiversity and natural history of the ants of Big Bend National Park, Texas and Baja California, Mexico; conservation biology in Baja California, Mexico; water quality especially as it related to bioassessment; ESA threatened and endangered snails of the Middle Snake River, Idaho; natural history museum operations.

Phone Number: 459-5507, 375-8605

Email: bclark@collegeofidaho.edu

Jan Summers Duffy

Expertise Areas: Archaeology; Egyptology and general studies of the archaeology of ancient Egypt (pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphs, Saqqara, the Step Pyramid, and Amarna, the ancient city of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti); the 18th Dynasty excavated tombs (KV62, KV63 and KV64) in the Valley of the Kings; Asasif, tombs TT223 projects; excavations in the Nile Delta region of Mendes including mastaba tombs; lithic and quarry tools of the Owyhees; the Warm Springs Site in Boise (a salvage site of large obsidian funerary bifaces). 

Phone Number: 484-4395

Email: jduffy@collegeofidaho.edu

Alan Gillogly

Expertise Areas: Insect identification and classification; taxonomy, biology and behavior of bess beetles; tropical entomology; medical entomology

Phone Number: 377-3567

Email: gillogly@cableone.net

Other

Paul Bennion

Expertise Areas: Student Affairs at Colleges and Universities

Phone Number: 459-5841

Email: pbennion@collegeofidaho.edu

Philosophy and Religion

Howard Berger

Expertise Areas: Histories of the United States, Israel and Russia; Jewish history

Phone Number: 459-5668

Email: hberger@collegeofidaho.edu

Scott Draper

Expertise Areas: Religion and society; social interaction; social inequality; criminology; violence and gun control in the United States

Phone Number: 459-5807

Email: sdraper@collegeofidaho.edu

Steve Maughan

Expertise Areas: Great Britain, the British Empire and imperialism; modern Europe; South Asian and European religions

Phone Number: 459-5853

Email: smaughan@collegeofidaho.edu

Greg McElwain

Expertise Areas: Environmental ethics; religion and science

Phone Number: 459-5876

Email: gmcelwain@collegeofidaho.edu

Mark Smith

Expertise Areas: Ancient history; archaeology; ancient religion

Phone Number: 459-5852

Email: msmith@collegeofidaho.edu

Jeff Snyder-Reinke

Expertise Areas: Histories of China, Japan and Southeast Asia; Chinese religion

Phone Number: 459-5750

Email: jsnyder@collegeofidaho.edu

Elizabeth Wakeman

Expertise Areas: Environmental philosophy and ethics, Ethicist, including biomedical ethics; philosophy of the environment and decision-making about the environment, philosophy of justice, Foster parent; involved with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Phone Number: 459-5522

Email: ewakeman@collegeofidaho.edu

Physical Education

Mike Dilley

Expertise Areas: Distance running, running coach for elite athletes (Olympian, international bronze medalist), sports psychology, stress management, sports nutrition

Phone Number: 459-5870

Email: mdilley@collegeofidaho.edu

Jim Fennell

Expertise Areas: Ancient and modern Olympics, Special Olympics, K-12 physical education instruction, swimming, stress, coaching

Phone Number: 459-5866

Email: jfennell@collegeofidaho.edu

Angie Ivie

Expertise Areas: Exercise science, women's fitness and health, eating disorders, personal training and coaching

Phone Number: 459-5036

Email: aivie@collegeofidaho.edu

Political Economy

Stephen Ackerman

Expertise Areas: State economic issues (policy implications on business/private sector); national economic issues (fiscal policy and industry-related actions); international economic issues (trade policy); State and national political issues (policy approaches, political party developments); U.S. foreign policy issues

Email: sackerman@collegeofidaho.edu

Jim Angresano

Expertise Areas: International political economy, particularly France, Sweden and other welfare states, China, and development of poor countries, Ecological economics related to resource consumption, international economic issues

Phone Number: 459-5207

Email: jangresano@collegeofidaho.edu

Robert Dayley

Expertise Areas: International politics and economics; globalization; United Nations; regional expertise on Asia-Pacific (Southeast Asia, China)

Phone Number: 459-5333

Email: rdayley@collegeofidaho.edu

Scott Draper

Expertise Areas: Religion and society; social interaction; social inequality; criminology; violence and gun control in the United States

Phone Number: 459-5807

Email: sdraper@collegeofidaho.edu

Kerry Hunter

Expertise Areas: U.S. Supreme Court, legal issues, political philosophy, political ethics, feminist politics, New Zealand politics

Phone Number: 459-5828

Email: khunter@collegeofidaho.edu

Jasper LiCalzi

Expertise Areas: American environmental policy, how to turn environmental issues into policy, State politics, local politics, American government, Congress, the presidency

Phone Number: 459-5829

Email: jlicalzi@collegeofidaho.edu

Psychology

Lauren Brewer

Expertise Areas: Social psychology (self-regulation, self-control, emotional control, behavioral control, rejection, ostracism); positive psychology; philosophical psychology; behavioral science research methods; psychology of free will belief

Phone Number: 459-5174

Email: lbrewer@collegeofidaho.edu

Jill Haunold

Expertise Areas: Education psychology, qualitative research, animal behavior/training

Phone Number: 459-5173

Email: jhaunold@collegeofidaho.edu

Cara Laney

Expertise Areas: Cognitive psychology; autobiographical memory and memory errors; quantitative methods; legal psychology, including eyewitness memory, jury decision making, and confessions

Phone Number: 459-5171

Email: claney@collegeofidaho.edu

Tim Shearon

Expertise Areas: Experimental psychology, biological psychology (including neuropsychology and psychopharmacology), history of psychology

Phone Number: 459-5840

Email: tshearon@collegeofidaho.edu

John Thuerer

Expertise Areas: Counseling psychology, mental health mediation

Phone Number: 459-5318

Email: jthuerer@collegeofidaho.edu

Theatre

Joe Golden

Expertise Areas: Acting and performance, especially Shakespeare; voice and dialect, stage combat, comedy

Phone Number: 459-5836

Email: jgolden@collegeofidaho.edu

Michael Hartwell

Expertise Areas: Scenic design, technical director, scenic painting, carpentry, welding, rigging for theatre

Phone Number: 459-5886

Email: mhartwell@collegeofidaho.edu