Don Allen, BS, MS General Education Instructor of  Math and Physics

Don Allen, BS, MS

General Education Instructor: Math and Physics

Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex 378

208-282-4094

alledona@isu.edu

Professional Experience:

  • General Education Instructor for Math and Physics including START Program – 6 years
  • Processed Fruit and Vegetable Inspector, US Department of Agriculture – 11 years
  • Planetarium Star Show Presenter, Lane Education Service District – 3 years

Career Highlights:

  • Setting START Program Math curriculum for a variety of student levels
  • Having every one of my Intermediate Algebra students pass the notorious MATH 1108 class one semester (besides the two who withdrew)
  • USDA Inspector-in-Charge at several food processing plants in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Utah
  • Designing and presenting several astronomical shows at LESD Planetarium

One of Many Favorite Professional Experiences

I was the USDA Inspector-in-Charge at a fairly new seasonal corn processing plant. I took my sanitation oversight duties very seriously.  I continually wrote up even minor situations needing improvement.  The leader of the sanitation crew was getting angry over my write-ups because the people responsible included his relatives.

I found one continually dirty spot for which I did not know a solution. I decided to ask the leader of the sanitation crew for a solution and to abide by whatever he suggested. He suggested a solution and I accepted it immediately. After that, he was continually helpful and cooperative in my zeal for utmost sanitation.

When the National Accrediting Organization audited the plant, the plant received the highest sanitation score any of the plants owned by that company had ever earned. The management was ecstatic. I urged them to reward their own hard-working sanitation crew appropriately. I was happy I had pushed them to do their best.

Dr. Bryan Barclay, Master Instructor, Technical General Education

Dr. Bryan Barclay

Master Instructor, Technical General Education

Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex B1-69

208-282-4092

barcbrya@isu.edu

Professional Work Experience:

  • College of Technology Instructor of Physics and Mathematics - 12 years
  • Flight controls modeling for Boeing Commercial Aircraft Co.  - 7 years
  • Thiokol Instrumentation Design Engineer on the Solid Rocket Booster Motors (Space Shuttle Boosters) - 3 years
  • Visiting Professor, ISU Physics Department - 2 years

Career Highlights:

  • I love teaching and discussing Physics and Math with students
  • Graduation from Utah State University with my PhD in Physics in 2001
  • It was fun to work with some of the shuttle astronauts at Thiokol and test the solid fuel booster motors; it made the ground shake for miles

One of My Favorite Professional Experiences

At Boeing, I had the opportunity to fly the 767 fixed cab simulator.  I took off fine, but landing was tricky.  I crashed several times.  That’s why I only fly a kite now.

Geoffrey Bennett, Clinical Instructor, Technical General Education Dept.

Geoffrey Bennett

Clinical Instructor, Technical General Education

Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex 375

208-282-3200

benngeof@isu.edu

Professional Work Experience

  • Professional Actor, Director, Acting Instructor, Fight-Choreographer – 30 years
  • Massage Therapist, Instructor   – 10 years
  • Scenic Carpenter, Scene-shop Supervisor   – 3 years
  • Adjunct Communications/Negotiation Instructor  – 7 years
  • Instructor, College of Technology General Education  – 3 years

Career Highlights

  • Worked as a performer in four countries and six states – including New York on the Radio City Music Hall stage.
  • Worked and lived in South Africa for the year leading up to the election of Nelson Mandela in the country’s first fully democratic election
  • Have been an instructor for (and learned with) over 1800 students

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

The best thing about being an educator – especially in a college setting – is that you are constantly put into contact with amazing human beings.  Every semester, every class, you get to meet people with remarkably different backgrounds and perspectives. I’ve been asked what makes a “good” class – it’s when I come away learning more about the world and my experience in it from the insights of the students I get to interact with.  Turns out… that happens all the time.

Michael Clarke Instructor, Technical General Education

Michael Clarke

Advanced Instructor

Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex 383

208-282-2810

clarmic8@isu.edu

Michael attended Idaho State University from 1982 to 1984. He received his B.S. in Business with a Finance concentration from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 1992. Before and after graduating college, he worked in and on various disciplines including Real Estate Finance, Network Administration, and consulting in the Retail, Medical, and Computer Sector.

In 2001, he received his Single Subject Teaching Credential at Fresno Pacific University. He also worked as an Adjunct instructor in the Business Division for 10 years at College if the Sequoias in Visalia, California teaching Marketing, Microsoft Office, Web Design, Sales, Business English as well as serving as Director of the Entrepreneurship Program.

In 2008 he received his Masters of Business Administration. He worked at the College of the Sequoias and Willow International College in Clovis California before coming to work at Idaho State University College of Technology for the 2012-2013 school year. He teaches Workplace Relations, Employment Strategies, and Learning Strategies. He also sits on the Parking Board, the College of Technology Social Committee and has worked with the "I love ISU" campaign.

He enjoys reading and hiking as well as bicycling in his spare time.

Clayn Lambert Coordinator/ Assistant Professor

Clayn Lambert

Coordinator/ Assistant Professor

Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex 376

208-282-3257

lambclay@isu.edu

Clayn Lambert attended Brigham Young University earned his Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 1999. After a brief stint working in the computer security sector, he returned to school and earned his Master's Degree in English from the University of Idaho in 2002.

In 2002 he came to the College of Technology and began his career, teaching English Composition, Critical Thinking, Employment Strategies, and Instructional Technology in the Classroom. During his time here, Clayn has begun to shift his focus from teaching to other areas. He has taken on administrative responsibilities within the General Education Department as the Faculty Coordinator and providing instructional technology support and training to fellow colleagues throughout the Department and College as a whole.

Clayn also serves on the Faculty Senate, ITRC Moodle Advisory Board, TGE Advisory Board, and TGE Employment Strategies subcommittee.

Matt Wilson Clinical Senior Instructor, Technical General Education  Composition and Communication

Matt Wilson

Clinical Senior Instructor, Technical General Education

Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex 375

208-282-3200

wilsmat5@isu.edu

Professional Work Experience

  • Instructor, ISU College of Technology General Education – 4 years
  • Online Adjunct Instructor, College of Southern Idaho – 1 year
  • Instructor & GTA, Northern Arizona University – 3 years
  • Writing tutor, various institutions – 5 years
  • Low-skilled positions to pay rent after earning a degree in the arts! – 4 years

 Career Highlights

  • Joining the General Education Department at the College of Tech!
  • Teaching upward of 1000 students how to transmit their ideas effectively and ethically

One of My Favorite Professional Experiences

When I used to teach on academic campuses, I had several students report to me that through my freshman composition class they had discovered a love for writing that led them to switch their majors to English. For many composition teachers, there might not be a higher honor than that, but it’s never been a goal of mine to convert students to a new future as writers. Rather, what is gratifying to me is to get students to appreciate the truth that critical thinking and effective communication—oral and written—will open doors for them, not just in their future professions, but in every aspect of the lives they have already planned for themselves. My favorite experiences as a teacher are receiving confirmation that I’ve done just that.

Contact Us

208-282-2468

208-282-4440

Roy F. Christensen Building #48, 3rd Floor, Room 374


Daytime Hours: 
Monday- Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Evening Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.

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