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Dr. Curt Anderson

Professor of Biology

HONS 3391 - Honor Seminar: The Physiology of B-Grade Horror Movies


Dr. Anderson has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and runs the Anderson Lab of Comparative Neurobiology and Behavior.  Dr. Anderson teaches the highly sought after HONS 3391 seminars of The Physiology of B-grade Horror Movies and Cats Paws and Catapults.

Dr. Geoffrey Bennett

Instructor, College of Technology

TGE 1257 - Applied Ethics in Technology


Ph.D., Utah State Univeristy

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Dawn Brooks

Instructor, University Honors Program

Coordinator, First Year Student Success

ACAD 1104-H - First Year Transition Honors


M.A. Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Idaho State University


James Francis


HONS 3391 - Huck Finn Meets US History

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Dr. Steven Hall

Instructor, Student Success Center

HONS 1101 - Honors Humanities


Ph.D. English, Idaho State University

Dr. Cindy Hill

Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs

Professor of Economics

ECON 2202-H - Principles of Macroeconomics


Ph.D. Economics, Washington State University

Dr. Hill has dedicated herself to helping students develop as thinkers and scholars.  Her academic research is primarily focused on economic education and the advancement of classroom pedagogy.  She is the co-author of two economics textbooks for introductory level students. Over the past decade Professor Hill has undertaken many administrative roles, which focus on student success and educational advancement.  These positions include director of the University Honors Program, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, executive director of the Student Success Center, and currently the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Hill has won numerous teaching and public service awards over her 20 year tenure at ISU, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Idaho Professor of the Year, two-time Master Teacher, five-time Most Influential Professor, two-time Outstanding Public Servant, Distinguished Public Servant, and the Southeast Idaho Business and Achievement Award for Education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and her Ph.D. from Washington State University. 

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Dr. Robert Holman

Professor of Chemistry

CHEM 3301-H - Organic Chemistry I Honors

CHEM 3302-H - Organic Chemistry II Honors


Ph.D. Chemistry

Dr. Holman has dozens of peer-reviewed journal and book publications. 

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Dr. Alan Johnson

Professor of English

Fulbright Program Advisor

HONS 1101 - Honors Humanities


PhD, English, University of California, Riverside

MA, English, University of Virginia

BA, English, Southern Illinois University


Dr. Johnson's expertise is in postcolonial literature and theory, with an emphasis on India, his birthplace. He teaches a variety of other courses, such as postcolonial  ecocriticism, the novel, major figures (Rushdie, Naipaul), Hindi (or Bollywood) film, literary theory, comparative literature, writing about literature, religion and literature, honors humanities, and first year writing. In 2010 he was a Fulbright-Nehru lecturer in India, focusing on globalization and the place of literature, and traveled throughout India for research, conferences, and talks. His current project, for which he received a 2016-17 Fulbright-Nehru research award, is an interdisciplinary study of depictions of forests in Indian literature (mostly in English, some in translation). His interdisciplinary interests have taken him to conferences and talks in the U.S. (such as ASLE and RMMLA), India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, England, France, and Canada, as well as, most recently, two literary festivals in India (Bengaluru and Hyderabad).

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Dr. John Kalivas

Professor of Chemistry

CHEM 1111-H - General Chemistry I Honors


Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Washington

Research interests: Analytical Chemistry, Chemometrics, Chemical Education


Dr. Todd Morris

Assistant Teaching Professor

CHEM 1111L-H - General Chemistry I Lab Honors

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Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Honors Program Director

HONS 3393 - Introduction to Honors Thesis

HONS 4493 - Honors Thesis Seminar


Ph.D. Geosciences, State University of New York at Buffalo

Research interests:  physical volcanology, computational fluid dynamics, high performance computing

Dr. Kobs Nawotniak investigates the connection between process and produce in volcanic eruptions, ranging in scale from the origins and underpinnings of monogenetic volcanic fields through eddy-scale mixing in eruption columns. She is currently Geology Co-Lead on the NASA FINESSE project and Deputy PI on the NASA BASALT project, both of which use terrestrial lavas to investigate planetary volcanoes.

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Dr. Jamie Romine-Gabardi

Instructor, University Honors Program

Honors Program Coordinator

ACAD 1104-H - First Year Transition Honors

THEA 1118-H - Oral Interpretation of Literature Honors


Ph.D. Theatre, Arizona State University

Dr. Romine-Gabardi also holds a Master's in Theatre, an Idaho Teaching Certification, and a Bachelor's in History. Her recent research and creative activity involve ethnodrama - the written transformation and adaptation of ethnographic research data (e.g., interview transcripts, observation journals, documents, statistics, etc.) into a dramatic playscript staged as a live, public theatrical performance.  


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Dr. Diana Campanella Schow

Director, Area Health Education Center

HONS 3391 - Honors Seminar: Happiness in the Modern World


Ph.D Physical Activity and Public Health, Freidrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Dr. Schow also holds master’s degrees in medical anthropology and health education from ISU, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/public relations from University of Utah.  Schow took the helm this spring as center director of the Southeast Idaho Area Health Education Center on the ISU campus.  The center, one of three in the state, will serve 24 counties in the region and promote interdisciplinary training for ISU health professions students and continuing education resources for working health practitioners. Its AHEC Scholars Program will provide health professions students with specific opportunities to focus on rural and underserved communities.

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Sharon Sowell

Instructor, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

COMM 1101-H - Principles of Speech Honors


M.A. Communications, Idaho State University

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Lewis Thomas

Instructor, Department of Anthropology

ANTH 2237-H - People and Cultures of the World


M.A., ABD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Thomas has carried out extensive research in Burma (Myanmar) since 1996. Doctoral research was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the University of Illinois, and focused on the development of tourism in Burma (Myanmar) and related processes of social change. Other research interests include globalization, post-colonial theory, and the anthropology of Mormonism.


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