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C of I's Rochelle Johnson named Idaho Professor of the Year

2010. 11. 18.

College of Idaho professor Rochelle Johnson has been named the 2010 Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Johnson, who teaches English and Environmental Studies at C of I, was chosen by the foundation as the state's top educator based on scholarly achievement, innovative teaching, community and professional service and recommendations from colleagues, alumni and students.

“The College of Idaho congratulates Dr. Rochelle Johnson on this outstanding achievement,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Dr. Johnson has distinguished herself as an energetic and rigorous teacher, a colleague who willingly performs service of all kinds, and a noted scholar in the environmental humanities.”

Johnson joined The College of Idaho in 1999 and helped develop the Environmental Studies program. She also teaches courses in writing and American literature. Johnson studied English at Bates College and Claremont Graduate University. She and her husband, C of I biology professor Don Mansfield, live with their daughter less than a block from campus in Caldwell.

The Idaho Professor of the Year award now has gone to a College of Idaho professor three times in the past five years. Dr. Kerry Hunter won it in 2008 and Dr. Jim Angresano won in 2006.

“I think the award confirms what we all know to be true: we have a very productive and dedicated faculty doing innovative work pedagogically as well as in community outreach,” Johnson said. “Those are things we do well at The College of Idaho. This award reminds students, alumni and the community that we live what we say we are.”

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 ten 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 undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit