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Idaho State University appoints Kandi Turley-Ames Dean of the College of Arts and Letters

Posted April 21, 2011

Idaho State University has announced the appointment of Kandi Turley-Ames as founding dean of the ISU College of Arts and Letters.

"Dr. Turley-Ames has done a superb job in working closely with faculty and staff to build the new college," said Provost Gary A. Olson. "She has proven herself to be a true academic leader and the ideal person to serve as permanent dean."

Kandi Turley-AmesTurley-Ames has served in this position in an interim capacity since last August.

 "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the College of Arts and Letters building a college that sets the bar for excellence in teaching, research and creative activity," Turley-Ames said.

Prior to ISU's reorganization last summer, Turley-Ames served a year as ISU associate vice president for academic affairs. She served as chair of the Department of Psychology from 2003 to 2009, where she helped develop a clinical psychology Ph.D. program that is rated first in the nation out of 207 programs based on licensure exam scores as cited in Psychological Reports in 2008.

In 2006-2007 Turley-Ames was named Distinguished Teacher at Idaho State University. She is a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Service (HERS) for women in higher education administration, and in 2007-2008 was a nominee for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in cognition and memory in 1996 from Washington State University.

The ISU College of Arts and Letters is ISU’s largest college featuring programs in the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. The College is organized into a Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, and a Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and comprises 14 academic departments.

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