Three Arts and Letters Faculty Members Honored as 2017 Outstanding Master Teachers

Five Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2017 Outstanding Master Teacher awards, three of whom are Arts and Letters faculty members.

Three Arts and Letters Faculty Members Honored as 2017 Outstanding Master Teachers

Five Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2017 Outstanding Master Teacher awards, three of whom are Arts and Letters faculty members.

“Teaching is the cornerstone of the institution,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, executive vice president and provost for academic affairs, “and we are very fortunate that these master teachers work in ISU classrooms, labs, and throughout the University community.”

More complete biographies of these Outstanding Master Teachers are available online at idahostateu.com/OutstandingMasterTeachers.

Justin Stover – Stover joined the ISU Department of History in 2012, teaching on the Idaho Falls campus as an assistant lecturer. There he restructured existing upper-division curricula, while also imaginatively delivering surveys, historical methods and seminar writing courses through iPad, hybrid and distance learning mediums.

In 2014, Stover relocated to the Pocatello campus as assistant professor of transnational history. He developed a global history of the First World War. Most recently, he has developed a global survey of war and revolution since 1500, and a graduate pro-seminar on the history of modern violence. Stover has overseen numerous student internships and independent study projects.

Kellee Kirkpatrick– Kirkpatrick earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kansas and has a diverse educational background.

Her research agenda examines issues of women’s health and reproductive policy. Kirkpatrick has extensive teaching experience at several universities, as she has taught courses in American politics, state politics, public policy, research methods, media and politics, women in politics, health policy, reproductive politics and grant writing. She enjoys engaging students in the research process and has co-authored several conference papers and journal articles with her undergraduate and graduate students.

She is currently the adviser of the Political Science Club and the Alpha Phi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Thomas Klein – Klein has been teaching in the Department of English and Philosophy since 2000. He has taught more than a dozen courses, ranging from English composition to seminars on medieval women mystics. Klein considers himself a philologist, literally “a lover of language,” and shares his view of the world with his students.

His area of research involves early medieval writing, and his recent work has included articles on Anglo-Saxon riddles and inscribed objects.

Since January 2016, Klein has served as director of English Undergraduate Studies. He has made recruiting to the major an area of emphasis, traveling frequently to area schools and colleges. Klein mentors many graduate students through dissertation projects and teaching internships.

The other faculty members receiving these awards are: Catherine Black, senior lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences; and Janet Loxterman, associate professor, Department of Biological Science.

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