Distinguished Faculty Named for 2017

Catherine Black

Catherine Black

Thomas Kloss

Thomas Kloss

Erin Rasmussen

Erin Rasmussen

Three Idaho State University faculty were honored as Distinguished Faculty at ISU Commencement May 6 in Holt Arena.

They are Catherine Black, senior lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Distinguished Teacher; Thomas Kloss, assistant professor, music education coordinator and associate director of bands, Department of Music, Distinguished Service; and Erin Rasmussen, professor, Department of Psychology, Distinguished Researcher.

“It is a distinction to receive one of these three awards, which are the highest honors bestowed on faculty at Idaho State University,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, ISU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are proud to recognized these honorees, who are among our most accomplished faculty.”

Other finalists for the Distinguished Teacher Award, who are 2017 Outstanding Master Teachers, Justin Stover, assistant professor, Department of History; Janet Loxterman, associate professor, Department of Biological Science; Kellee Kirkpatrick, assistant professor, Department of Political Science; Thomas Klein, professor, Department of English and Philosophy.

Other finalists for the Distinguished Service Award, who are 2017 Outstanding Public Service Award winners, Shauna Smith, a speech-language pathologist, clinical associate professor and clinic director in the graduate speech-language pathology (SLP) program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Dawn Konicek, assistant clinical professor of accounting, College of Business; and Donna Lybecker, professor, Department of Political Science.

Other finalists for the ISU Distinguished Researcher Award, who are 2017 Outstanding Research Award winners, are Jessica Winston, professor of English, chair of the Department of History; Karl Madaras-Kelly, professor, College of Pharmacy, located in Meridian; Thom Hasenpflug, chair and professor, Department of Music and co-director of the School for Performing Arts; Raphael Chijioke Njoku, chair of the Department of Global Studies, program director of Department of International studies, and history professor.

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