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C of I welcomes nine new faculty members

August 28, 2013

Nine new educators will instruct and advise students at The College of Idaho this school year. The College’s newly hired faculty members are:

Kevin Talbert, assistant professor of education. Talbert received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Miami University in Ohio. Before graduate school and doctoral studies, Talbert was a high school teacher in Lima, Ohio.

Jennie Daniels, assistant professor of Spanish. Daniels received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Daniels comes to the C of I from the English and Modern Languages Department of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Matthew North, associate professor of business and accounting. North has western roots: he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Utah. Before coming to the C of I, North was an associate professor at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

Lance McGrath, associate professor/user services librarian. McGrath received his library science degree from the University of North Texas. McGrath has strong ties to Canyon County; he comes to the C of I from the library at Northwest Nazarene University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree.

Kyle Cheesewright, instructor and interim director of speech and debate. Cheesewright comes to the C of I from Southern Illinois University, where he is finishing up his Ph.D. Cheesewright earned his bachelor’s and master’s at Colorado State University and California State University, Long Beach, respectively.

Cara Laney, visiting assistant professor of psychology. Laney most recently held a similar position at Reed College in Portland, Ore. Laney earned her Ph.D. in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine.

Celeste Bolin, visiting assistant professor of biology. Bolin is the sabbatical replacement professor for Dr. Mark Gunderson. Bolin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Montana and has spent the past three years researching breast cancer at Boise State University.

John Danielson, instructor in business and accounting. Danielson comes from Meridian and is a C of I alumnus. He is an experienced businessman and currently is a managing partner of Vale Wine Company.

Yueh-Chih Lin (English name: Juliette Lin), Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Chinese. Lin has spent most of her life learning and mastering the English language. She received her education from the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She was profiled in a news release earlier this summer.

The College of Idaho is proud to welcome these new educators to Caldwell and excited to see their contributions benefit students, the faculty and the entire C of I community.

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 11 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