C of I welcomes 16 new faculty members

The College of Idaho has appointed 16 new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. This unusually high number of new hires reflects the College’s response to growing enrollment as well as the normal cycle of replacements for sabbatical leaves, retirements, and other departures. The new instructors, listed below in alphabetical order, bring exciting cultural diversity and expertise to the College in addition to a passion for excellent teaching that C of I students have come to expect.

“I’m really excited about this group of new faculty,” said Dr. Paul Moulton, associate dean of the C of I faculty. “They are going to be a great fit for the C of I community, where we enjoy deep, diverse, intellectual engagement within a campus that highly values the human, personal interaction.”

Harold Forbisher joins the Department of Kinesiology as an instructor, primarily to run the exercise physiology lab and to teach exercise physiology and related subjects. He is a native of the UK, where he lectured in sports science at Harrogate College before leaving to become chair of science at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He currently lives in Boise and is the owner of TriTown, a triathlon-specific shop located in the Hyde Park area.

Federica Francesconi joins the Department of History as an assistant professor and the first scholar to hold the recently established Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies. Dr. Francesconi received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Bologna and her Ph.D. from the University of Haifa in Jewish history. Francesconi specializes in the cultural and social history of Jews in early modern Europe, paying special attention to Italian Jewish culture. Her research and teaching interests include Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish thought, the history of the Inquisition, Sephardic Diaspora and Jewish ceremonial art. She has held academic and research fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and the University of Oxford.

Andrew Gades joins the Department of Music as a visiting assistant professor, focusing on theory and composition. Dr. Gades received his Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University with a dissertation that considered the intersection of music, image and text in musical settings of William Blake’s poetry. His research interests include 20th and 21st-century music, American music, music and text relationships, and applications of literary theory to music analysis.

Jaime Goode joins the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences as well as the Environmental Studies program as assistant professor. Dr. Goode received her B.A. in environmental studies from Connecticut College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in earth resources from Colorado State University. She comes to the College with substantial experience, including work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Ecohydraulic Research in Boise and as a Postdoctoral Geomorphologist with the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Glen Granzow joins the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences as a visiting assistant professor of computer science. Dr. Granzow has B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. in computer science from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Northwestern University. Granzow has more than 10 years of teaching experience, most recently in a postdoctoral research position at the University of Montana. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi.

Gina Greenway joins the Department of Business and Accounting as an assistant professor. Greenway received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Idaho, where she also taught agricultural economics courses and worked as a research associate. Her focus is on applied research and extension in the areas of potato industry economics and marketing, price forecasting and farm management.

Anna Himler joins the Department of Biology as assistant professor, focusing on ecology. Dr. Himler received her B.A. from Oberlin College in biology and environmental studies and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, in integrative biology. She also was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Arizona, serving as a Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT) fellow.

Shuizhou Hu (Helen) joins the Department of Modern Foreign Languages as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in Chinese. She received her B.A. and M.S. in English language and literature at Wuhan University, China, and has been a foreign language instructor in Central China Normal University since 2010. Her areas of expertise are in translation and interpretation studies as well as cross-cultural studies.

Isaac Hunter joins the Department of Psychology as a visiting assistant professor. Dr. Hunter, a 2004 graduate of The College of Idaho, went on to complete his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Colorado State University. He interned at Oregon State University as a therapist and instructor and then moved to Korea to work for a start-up psychology app company. His interests in psychology include existential issues, personality, meaning in life, career/calling, motivation and the psychology of games.

Cara Laney, joins the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor, following a year as visiting assistant professor, with a focus on cognitive psychology. Dr. Laney received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Her research work focuses on human memory and eyewitness testimony.

Anna Lopatina joins the Department of Political Economy as a visiting assistant professor. Dr. Lopatina received her M.A. in political science from Portland State University and her Ph.D. in political science at the State University of New York. Dr. Lopatina’s research focuses on the political economy of natural resources. Her Ph.D. dissertation project explored interaction between foreign investors and the national governments of China and India in the oil sectors of those countries.

Karen Manna joins the Department of Modern Foreign Languages as a visiting assistant professor of French. Dr. Manna received her B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and Ph.D. in French literature from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on 18th-century theater and novels. Her ongoing research investigates modes of sociability in old regime French culture and the formation of national identity in literature. She comes to the C of I from Baltimore, where she was an affiliate assistant professor of French at Loyola University of Maryland. 

Sequoia (Jeremy) Nagamatsu joins the Department of English as a visiting assistant professor with a focus on creative writing. Nagamatsu received his B.A. from Grinnell College and an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His work, which ranges from realism to the fantastical and experimental, has been published widely in journals and anthologies, and his current projects include two collections of short stories and a novel. He is the managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine, an online and print publication devoted to the intersections between genre and form. 

Aaron Shilling joins the Department of Psychology as a visiting assistant professor. Dr. Shilling received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield, his M.S. in general experimental psychology from Western Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Saint Louis University. His primary research areas are evolutionary psychology and the psychology of the self, and he is broadly interested in the interaction of motivation and cognition.

Alberto Rivera Vaca joins the Department of Modern Foreign Languages as a visiting assistant professor of Spanish. Dr. Rivera Vaca received a degree in literature from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a second concentration in Latin American studies. He is interested in Latin American poetry, culture and thought, and Andean literature. His recent research work is focused on poetical and historicist thought in Latin American writers.

Alice Vinson joins the Department of Art as assistant professor, focusing on visual communication. Vinson received her BFA in studio art/sculpture and MFA in studio art/visual communication from the University of Arizona. Her ongoing research explores the book in both traditional and non-traditional forms as well as through multimedia installations that “aim to move the book beyond the limits of the bound format.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 12 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit