Faculty Legacy Scholarship Endowments
Welcome to the Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters Legacy Endowment page. Here we recognize those who have been honored with a legacy endowment in their name. Endowments at ISU are used to fund student scholarships and fellowships, campus programs, and help attract and recruit outstanding students and faculty to the campus community.
Dr. James Aho
Dr. James Aho came to Idaho State to teach sociology in 1969, and became a full professor in 1982. During his time at ISU he taught nearly 240 classes, primarily teaching in the areas of religion, violence, social phenomenology, and the body. He was named an Idaho State University Master Teacher in 2006 and a Distinguished Teacher in 2009.
Dr. Randy Earles
Randy Earles, an emeritus faculty member, former department chair, and associate dean for the College of Arts and Letters, held the position of professor of music during his tenure at Idaho State. Joining the ISU faculty in 1991 until his retirement in the summer of 2019, Earles contributed significantly to the University's musical culture.
Dr. Ronald Hatzenbuehler
Dr. Hatzenbuehler taught early North American history at ISU from 1972 to 2013. During his time at ISU he served on the advisory boards for the Idaho State University Press, ISU’s magazine Rendezvous, and for the Idaho State Historical Society magazine Idaho Yesterdays. He also served as chair for the history department, as well as an associate dean for the College of Arts & Letters.
Dr. Ann Hunter
Dr. Hunter joined ISU in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and quickly became a role model within the academic community due to her passion for education and unwavering commitment to her students. Over her distinguished 22-year tenure, her impact extended beyond the classroom, earning her numerous accolades. In 1996, Dr. Hunter received the esteemed Outstanding Researcher of the Year award for her substantial scholarly contributions and success in securing significant grants and contracts in critical research areas such as child welfare, energy, and health.
Dr. William King
Dr. William L. King taught at Idaho State University for 34 years. He graduated with a master's degree from Harvard. He then pursued a Ph.D. from Stanford studying with Donald Davidson, the top philosopher in America at the time. He arrived at ISU in 1960 to teach humanities courses, followed by English courses, and most notably the first philosophy course to be offered at ISU.
Dr. Victor Joe
The Victor C. Joe Scholarship Endowment Fund in Experimental Psychology honors Dr. Joe's 34 years of full time teaching plus an additional 12 years of part time teaching at ISU and the Department of Psychology. Of his 34 years of full time teaching, he served as the chairman of the department for 25 years.
Dr. Carl Levenson
Dr. Carl Levenson, a retired professor of philosophy, began his career at ISU in 1981 having completed his Ph.D. in social thought from the University of Chicago the previous year. Levenson is active in local faith communities and received the Francis Cole Award for promoting interfaith dialogue in 1999. He was named Master Teacher in 1985 and Distinguished Teacher in 1993.
Dr. Mark McBeth
Dr. McBeth began his career working at ISU in 1992. In 1995, he joined the Department of Political Science. While at ISU, Dr. McBeth has taught courses in political science and public administration. He is currently the department chair and directs the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
Dr. Craig Nickisch
Retired Idaho State University professor, distinguished veteran, and Hometown Hero award recipient, COL (R) Dr. Craig Nickisch, was honored with a legacy endowment in his name. As an ISU professor, Nickisch taught German, Spanish, Linguistics, and a course for students going out to teach languages in area schools. Multiple times he was named the Most Influential Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as being recognized as a Master Teacher, an Outstanding Researcher, and for Outstanding Public Service.
Dr. Mark Roberts
During his career Dr. Mark Roberts was recognized for his instructional, scholarly, and administrative abilities. He received numerous awards from ISU; including Master Teacher in 1987, Outstanding Researcher in 1989 and 1993, and Outstanding Researcher in 2004. In 2001 he was awarded the John Cabareri Award for Excellence by the Idaho Psychological Association.