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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.

They will be honored at a reception April 11 and one will be selected for the ISU Distinguished Teacher Award and will be recognized at commencement.

The faculty members receiving these awards are: Justin Stover, assistant professor, Department of History; Catherine Black, senior lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences; Janet Loxterman, associate professor, Department of Biological Science; Kellee Kirkpatrick, assistant professor, Department of Political Science; Thomas Klein, professor, Department of English and Philosophy.

“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.”

Partial biographies are listed below.

• Justin StoverStover 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 survey, historical methods, and seminar writing courses through iPad, hybrid and distance learning mediums. He also developed a history of modern Ireland.

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.

Catherine Black – Black is a senior lecturer in biological sciences, where she has enjoyed teaching since serving as a graduate teaching assistant 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, and she teaches classes at the 1100, 2200, 3300, and 4400 levels.

Black has been instrumental in growing the Idaho Falls program and creating a Bachelor of Science in biology program on the Idaho Falls campus.

Black has a reputation for setting high expectations for her students and advises students extensively. She also provides many service learning opportunities.

• Janet Loxterman – Loxterman is an associate professor in biological sciences. She has been teaching introductory biology for majors since 2003, and she teaches upper division classes in genetics, organic evolution, population biology and graduate teaching seminar.

She uses her research program in conservation genetics to provide a current understanding of contemporary issues in biology and topics of investigation. She is a mentor to graduate and undergraduate students in her research lab, and is the faculty liaison for ISU’s Early College Program for high school biology teachers.

Loxterman seeks to provide students with conceptual knowledge and the ability to find and interpret scientific evidence, develop their own opinions, and ultimately become scientifically literate.

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. 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.


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