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Faculty and Staff

Administration building at ISU

Department Chair

Gesine K. Hearn, PhD • heargesi@isu.edu 

Administrative Assistants

Tiffany Waggoner • waggtiff@isu.edu 
Phone: (208) 282-2170 • Fax: (208) 282-4733

Kevin Owens, BA • socwork@isu.edu 
Phone: (208) 282-3377 • Fax: (208) 282-4733

 

Full-Time Faculty     Adjunt Faculty    Emeriti     Graduate Assistants     Child Welfare Trainers

Full-Time Faculty

Tara Ashley, LCSW

Field Director/Lecturer

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 350

(208) 244-8295

ashltara@isu.edu

M.S.W., Simmons School of Social Work, MA, 1997

Specialties: Children and Families • Trauma Informed Practice • Child Welfare • Emergency Room Social Work • Sexual Abuse

Morey Burnham

Morey Burnham

Research Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 349

burnmore@isu.edu

http://moreyburnham.weebly.com/

Ph.D., Utah State U, Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science & Management, 2014
M.S., Antioch University New England, Environmental Studies, 2008

Specialties: Climate Change Adaptation and Vulnerability • Agriculture • Water • Livelihoods

Deirdre Caputo-Levine

Deirdre Caputo-Levine

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 359

capudeir@isu.edu

Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook Department of Sociology, 2015
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook Department of Sociology, 2008

Specialties: Prisoner Reentry • Punishment • Critical Criminology • Race and Ethnicity • Social Theory

Fredi Giesler

MSW Program Director/Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 322

(208) 282-1236

giesedna@isu.edu

Ph.D., University of Washington, WA, 2002
M.S.W., University of Washington, WA, 1991

Specialties: Prevention Science • Social Welfare Policy • Child and Family Welfare • Housing

Gesine Hearn

Gesine Hearn

Chair/Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 306

(208) 282-4947

heargesi@isu.edu

Ph.D., Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat, Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2006
R.N., Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat, Erlangen-Nuremberg, 1987
M.A., Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, Tubingen, Germany, 1993

Specialties: Medical Sociology • Sociology of Health and Illness • Families

Anthony Hoskin

Anthony Hoskin

Criminology Program Director/Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 363

(208) 282-2576

hoskanth@isu.edu

Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 1999

Specialties: Interpersonal Violence • Biosocial Criminology • Quantitative Methods

Staci Jensen-Hart

Staci Jensen-Hart

BSW Program Director/Associate Professor of Social Work

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 353

(208) 282-3369

hartstac@isu.edu

M.S.W., University of Utah, 1987

Specialties: Social Work Practice Courses • Field Practicum

Jeehoon Kim

Jeehoon Kim

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 320

kimjeeh@isu.edu

Ph.D., University at Albany, NY, 2011
M.S.W., University at Albany, NY, 2003
M.H.E., Seoul National University, 1997

Specialties: Aging and Family Studies • Macro Practice • Social Policy • Quantitative Research Method

Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 360

leejus2@isu.edu

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
M.S.W., Eastern Washington University, 2007

Specialties: Immigrant Health Disparities • Refugee Integration • Social Justice and Diversity • Qualitative Research Methods

Katrina Running

Katrina Running

Undergraduate Program Director/Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 362

runnkatr@isu.edu

https://katrinarunning.com/

Ph.D., University of Arizona, AZ, 2013
M.A., University of Arizona, AZ, 2009 - Sociology
M.A., University of Arizona, AZ, 2007 - Political Science

Specialties: Climate Justice & Inequality • Social & Environmental Sustainability • Social Research Methods • Gender

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Garry Sotnik

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 354

gsotnik@isu.edu

Ph.D., Portland State University, OR, 2018 - Systems Science
M.A., Boston University, MA, 2007 - Economics

Specialties: Cognitive Social Science • Social-Ecological Systems • Multi-Agent Modeling • Decision-Making • Collective Action

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas

Director Gender & Sexuality Studies/Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 321

thomjer4@isu.edu

http://www.jeremythomas.org/

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2012
M.S., Purdue University, 2007
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2002

Specialties: Religion • Sexuality • Deviance • The Body

DJ Williams

DJ Williams

Associate Professor of Social Work

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 317

willdj@isu.edu

Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2004
M.S.W., M.S., University of Utah, 2000

Specialties: Deviant leisure • Forensic Leisure Science • Gambling in Prisons • Forensic • Sociology of Sexuality • Narrative Methodology

Adjunct Faculty

Scott Contor

Adjunct Instructor

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 350

contscot@isu.edu

M.A., Idaho State University, 2012

Jodi Lyn Davis

Adjunct Instructor

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 350

furijodi@isu.edu

M.S.W., Northwest Nazarene University, 2010

Dipa Sharma Gautam

Adjunct Instructor

shardipa@isu.edu

M.A., Idaho State University, 2016

Matt Olsen, MSW, LMSW

Adjunct Instructor

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 350

olsematt@isu.edu

M.S.W., Walla Walla University, 2007

John Warner

Adjunct Instructor

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 350

warnjohn@isu.edu

M.P.A., Idaho State University, 1998

Emeriti Faculty

James Aho

James Aho

Professor Emeritus

ahojame@isu.edu

Ph.D., Washington State University, 1971
M.A., Washington State University, 1968

Ann Hunter

Ann Hunter

Professor Emeritus

aokeann@isu.edu

Ph.D., University of North Texas, 1991
M.A., University of North Texas, 1986

Donald Pierson

Donald Pierson

Professor Emeritus

pierdona@isu.edu

D.S.W., University of California, 1984
M.S.W., Tulane University, 1971

Title IV-E Scholars Coordinator

Lacey Wuthrich

Lacey Wuthrich, LMSW

Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar's Coordinator

Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 356

(208) 282-2851

wuthlace@isu.edu

M.S.W., Boise State University, 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Chelsea Carson

carschel@isu.edu

Maia Chicherio

chicmaia@isu.edu

Shad Davis 

davisha5@isu.edu

Sara Halm

halmsara@isu.edu

Taylor Richardson

richtay3@isu.edu

Karen Stoddard

stodkare@isu.edu

Erika Stookey

stooerik@isu.edu

 

Child Welfare On-Site Trainers

Melissa Bernier, LMSW

Phone: (208) 334-0735
berneli@isu.edu

Tennille Kober, LMSW

Phone: (208) 732-1374
holstenn@isu.edu

B. Keith Orchard, MSW, LCSW

Phone: (208) 665-8956
orchbria@isu.edu

 

 

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Sociology, Social Work and Criminology

921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8114
Pocatello, ID 83209

(208) 282-2170
(208) 282-3377 (social work)

We are located in the Kegel Liberal Arts Building #4 on the third floor

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