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Office of the Dean

Dean's Message to Students

Welcome to the College of Arts & Letters at Idaho State University! We are excited to have you on our campus, or considering our college in the future!

The College of Arts & Letters is the largest college at ISU. We offer more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs in various departments including languages, theatre, communication, theatre, anthropology and criminal justice.

We are dedicated to providing our students with a quality education in the fine arts, humanities and social and behavioral sciences with our programs and state-of-the-art facilities.

As a college, we pride ourselves in giving students real world experiences and opportunities to help them in their future career.

Each of our programs is doing something to enhance our students' educations. For example, In psychology, we currently offer two Ph.D. programs, and an on-site training clinic, which is the only one in Idaho! Every year, hundreds of students get the opportunity to perform in our world-class Stephens Performing Arts Center, which was named the fourth best performing arts center in the country by in 2014. Our political science and history departments are collaborating with the Pocatello community to study the impact of society on the Portneuf River Watershed.

The College of Arts & Letters has so much to offer our students, and I encourage you to seek out the opportunities we can offer you here.

We would love to have you on our campus to take a tour and see everything that we can offer you. To set up a visit, or ask any questions please contact our office at (208) 282-3204 or

We wish you the very best for the future!

Kandi Turley-­Ames, Dean
Idaho State University College of Arts & Letters

College of Arts & Letters Leadership

Kandi Turley‐Ames

Founding Dean

(208) 282‐3053

Dean Kandi Turley-Ames earned her Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in cognition and memory in 1996 from Washington State University.  She has been a member of the Department of Psychology since 1997 and has subsequently served the University in numerous leadership positions.

She was appointed Chairperson of Psychology from 2003 to 2009. She served as the Interim Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007-2008 and as an Associate Vice President in Academic Affairs in 2009-2010. She became the founding dean of the College in 2010.

During the 2006-2007 academic year, Turley-Ames was named Distinguished Teacher at ISU. She was acknowledged as a Master Teacher at ISU in 2001-2002 and 2005-2006.

Turley-Ames is also a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Service (HERS) for women in higher education administration, and was a nominee for the US Professors of the Year Award  in 2007-2008.

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Randy Earles

Associate Dean for Fine Arts & Humanities

(208) 282‐3207

Randy Earles joined the ISU faculty in 1991. He served as chair of the ISU Department of Music from 2001 until his new appointment, and during 2009-2010 he also served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. He served as chair of the Faculty Senate in 2000-2001.

His band composition, Idaho Celebration, was commissioned by the State Department of Education and was performed by various Idaho high school bands. In spring 2013 the ISU Wind Ensemble performed his latest band composition, Five Metric Dances. He received an award annually from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) from 1997-2011. Earles has won several awards for his compositions, and many of his creative projects have been published or recorded commercially.

Earles has performed on trumpet with the Portneuf Brass, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Pops Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra, the Idaho State Civic Symphony, the Idaho Falls Symphony, the Magic Valley Symphony, the Snake River Chamber Orchestra and he has toured the USA with show bands.

He earned his bachelor and masters degrees in music from the University of Houston and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma.

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John Gribas

Associate Dean for Social & Behavioral Sciences

(208) 282‐3204

John Gribas earned his Ph.D. in Organizational and Group Communication from the University of Kansas in 1993 and came to ISU in 1996.

In addition to his work as a faculty member, Gribas served as Program Director for the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in 2012-2013 and as the ISU Faculty Ombudsperson from 2005-2013. He stepped out of the ombuds role to assist in the College of Arts & Letters Dean's office.

As a researcher, he is interested in exploring how language choices impact human thought and action. In particular, Gribas is interested in ways people use metaphor to refer to themselves as organized groups.

Gribas has served as a consultant and trainer for various organizations including hi-tech production companies, law firms, advertising agencies, military and educational government entities, as well as not-for-profit organizations such as mental health clinics, community theatres and churches.

Born and raised in Montana, he considers the Intermountain West his home.

Angie Dangerfield

Angie Dangerfield

University Business Officer

(208) 282‐4599

Before coming to Idaho State University, Dangerfield was the Fiscal Manager for the College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station at Montana State University. In this role, she served as project manager for all USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded projects to ensure federal program requirements were met for institutional funding.

Serving as a liaison for NIFA program staff and the PI's, she advised upon technical and research requirements and aligned budgets and expenditures accordingly. She also oversaw the daily business and accounting procedures for the College, providing regular updates and trainings to the departments and research centers located throughout Montana.

During her time at MSU, Dangerfield was also the accountant and administrative supervisor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, and Budget Analyst in the University Budget Office.

Dangerfield received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in Consumer and Community Studies with a minor of Economics.

Matthew Stucki

Director of Development


Matthew Stucki grew up in Pocatello and is a graduate of ISU. As a student, he played on the ISU men’s basketball team and then went on to play professionally in Europe. He received his law degree from the University of Idaho and worked at Racine, Olson, Nye, & Budge in Pocatello. Stucki's focus on estate planning and probate in his legal practice, as well as his knowledge of and commitment to ISU and this community, will serve him well in spearheading development efforts on behalf of CAL.

Melissa Lee

Director of Marketing & Recruiting


Melissa Lee graduated from ISU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. She began working for the College as an undergraduate communications intern, which turned into a permanent Coordinator of Marketing and Recruiting position after graduation. In 2017, Lee became the Director of Marketing and Recruiting where she now oversees the marketing and promotional materials for the College, manages social media sites, attends recruiting events on the College’s behalf and more.

Holly Kartchner

Director of Outreach & Retention


Holly Kartchner has degrees in speech communication, social studies, political science, and history, a master’s degree from ISU and service as an ISU adjunct instructor. Before working for the College, Kartchner worked as a teacher at Blackfoot High School and Independence Alternative High School and demonstrate her passion for and commitment to students in southeast Idaho. 

Virginia Barnett

Virginia Barnett

Academic Advisor and General Studies Specialist

(208) 282-3119