Posted March 24, 2014
Five Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2014 Outstanding Master Teacher awards.
They will be honored at a reception held on April 9 and one will be selected for the ISU Distinguished Teacher Award.
The faculty members receiving these awards are: Catherine Black, associate lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences; Alex Bolinger, assistant professor of management; Paul Link, professor of geosciences; Lois Marquette, assistant clinical professor and ISU alumni; and Kelly Fanning Pesnell, assistant clinical professor and family nurse practitioner.
Catherine Black fell in love with teaching while serving as a graduate teaching assistant for the ISU Biological Sciences department in 1993. She has been involved with undergraduate instruction in Idaho Falls since the construction of the Center for Higher Education building in 1994. She became a full-time faculty member in 1998.
Black has taught classes at all undergraduate levels and has been instrumental in the growth of programs in Idaho Falls. In Fall 2013, she brought the last course required for a bachelor’s degree in biology to the Idaho Falls campus.
Black also provides her students with many opportunities for service learning in the Idaho Falls community. She has been active in ISU’s co-sponsorship of the annual Idaho Water Awareness Festival for many years. At the festival, 1,000 elementary school students visit multiple science stations, involving many of her ISU students in operating this day-long event.
In addition, she frequently brings undergraduates into K-12 schools to provide hands-on science activities to the area youth. She has also developed science activities for minority high school students visiting the ISU campus as part of the Celebrate Your Future event.
Black has a reputation for setting high expectations for her students, who commonly comment that her course are among the most rewarding classes they take at ISU. She is renowned by her students for her off-campus field trips in general ecology, making connections that cannot be achieved in the classroom.
Alex Bolinger is an assistant professor of management at Idaho State University. He teaches courses in organizational behavior, strategy, and negotiation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Bolinger emphasizes interactive activities and student involvement in his courses. He introduced the “Make-a-Wish Challenge” to his senior-level Organizational Behavior course, where students divide into small groups to plan and execute a fundraiser to grant the wish of a child in the local community who has dealt with a life-threatening illness. Over the past three semesters, his classes have raised nearly $13,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Idaho, which has helped to send the beneficiaries and their families to meet the princesses at Disney World and to meet Peyton Manning and watch the Denver Broncos play on their home field.
Bolinger is also an active participant in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has been published in the Journal of Case Research and is currently completing research on leveraging students’ experiences with entrepreneurship. He is also working on a paper on the application of tempo and pacing to the classroom.
Prior to coming to Idaho State University, Bolinger taught at Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine. He received his doctoral degree in management at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.
Paul Link has taught students at all levels in his 33 years at Idaho State University.
He has taught courses from introductory geology to graduate studies, including a Science and American Society course for future teachers. Link helped to create the Bachelor of Science degree program in geology at ISU.
Link has also been instrumental in the creation of a field camp at Lost River Field Station north of Mackay. The camp serves as a capstone course that is sought after by students from across the United States, and typically there are twice as many applicants as space. In this class ISU students develop confidence in what they know, especially in comparison to students from other highly regarded undergraduate schools.
At the graduate level Link has trained petroleum geologists, exploration geologists, and University professors in field-based research that is both fun and effective in developing student’s common sense, work ethic and professional maturity.
Lois Marquette is an assistant clinical professor at Idaho State University School of Nursing. Marquette, an Idaho State University alumna, brings a wealth of experience to ISU.
With more than 35 years of clinical nursing experience, her rich and varied professional career has included staff and management experience in acute care nursing in a variety of departments. She currently maintains a practice at Portneuf Medical Center as a per diem case manager.
At Idaho State University Marquette’s teaching experience is most recently in the areas of medical surgical nursing and as coordinator of the medical surgical nursing practicum. She has also recently taught professional nursing and care of the older adult courses. Her interests focus on chronic disease management, aging adults and oncology.
Kelly Fanning Pesnell is an assistant clinical professor at Idaho State University School of Nursing and a family nurse practitioner. Her areas of teaching expertise and interest include rural, migrant and geriatric health care. Since 2007 Pesnell has served as an academic advisor to nurse practitioner students and as a clinical preceptor in her rural family practice.
She teaches clinical and theoretical courses in primary care, advanced health assessment, evidence-based practice, and issues of the Doctor in Nursing Practice. She has been instrumental in the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at ISU and has coordinated and instructed advanced clinical skills workshops and primary care simulation.
Pesnell’s practice provides family and bilingual (Spanish) health care services with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Her research and project interests focus on rural populations and include health promotion, childhood obesity, refugee health and migrant health.
Other areas of interest include interprofessional practice models and service learning. She strives to develop unique clinical practice opportunities for nurse practitioner students while addressing the needs of an increasingly global population.
She serves as a peer reviewer for the American Journal for Nurse Practitioners and the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Healthcare. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners of Idaho, Rural Nurse Organization, and Sigma Theta Tau International.