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Idaho State University

Richard (Rick) Wagoner, Ph.D.

Faculty Senate Chair, Associate Professor, School Psychology & Educational Leadership, College of Education

Office: College of Education, 921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8059, Pocatello, ID 83209


Jerry Leffler, MBA

Faculty Senate Vice Chair, Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting, College of Business

Office: College of Business, 921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8020, Pocatello, ID 83209


Jerry Leffler earned is BBA and an MBA with an Accounting Emphasis from Idaho State University. Jerry is a CPA licensed in Idaho and has worked for both small and large companies in his career.  He teaches Managerial and Cost accounting along with Financial Accounting.  Jerry was born and raised here in Southeastern Idaho and is happy to be returning to his roots.

Laura Ahola-Young

Laura Ahola-Young, MFA

Former Faculty Senate Co-Chair 2018-2019, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, College of Arts and Letters

Office: Department of Art, 921 S 8th Avenue, Stop 8004, Pocatello, ID 83209


Laura Ahola-Young received her MFA from San Jose State University in 2001.  She is an Assistant Professor of Art and leads the Painting and Drawing program. Originally from northern Minnesota, Laura has been influenced by landscapes, winters, ice and resilience. She is currently developing work that incorporates scientific research, Landscape and personal narrative. Her paintings and drawings have been on exhibit nationally.

S. Hossein Mousavinezhad

S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, Ph.D.

Former Faculty Senate Co-Chair 2018-2019, Associate Program Director/Professor, Department of Physics, Nuclear, and Electrical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Office: Department of Physics, Nuclear, and Electrical Engineering, 921 S 8th Avenue, Stop 8060, Pocatello, ID 83209


Dr. Mousavinezhad joined Idaho State University in July 2007 as Electrical Engineering Department Chair. He is Founding General Chair of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conferences on Electro Information Technology and a Fellow of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) serving as Program Chair for Energy Conversion and Conservation Division, 2017-2018. Dr. Mousavinezhad has co-authored a recent book, Mobile (Hand-Held) Computing and was a PI on a research grant (wireless communications and enhancing access to electromagnetic spectrum) funded by the National Science Foundation. He teaches courses in Circuits & Systems, Electromagnetics and Digital Signal Processing.

Professor Mousavinezhad is ISU’s Engineering Accreditation Coordinator and an ABET Program Evaluator for Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs. He has prepared self-study reports for ABET ISU campus visits since 2007 and visits domestic and non-domestic engineering programs as PEV. Dr. Mousavinezhad’s research interests includes Bio-electromagnetics, Engineering Education, and Digital Signal Processing. Before joining Idaho State University he was Professor and Electrical/Computer Engineering (ECE) Department Chair at Western Michigan University. Professor Mousavinezhad’s graduate degrees are from Michigan State University and his BSEE degree is from National Taiwan University. He has been serving as ISU CoSE faculty senator since 2014.

Former Faculty Senate Chairs

Faculty Senate Chairs