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  • Dr. Michelle Payne

    Assistant Provost for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs

    Prior to becoming Assistant Provost for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs, Payne served as Chair of the English Department for 12 years, overseeing the largest academic department on campus with 120 faculty. Before that, she served as the assistant director (1998-2003) and then the director of the First-Year Writing Program (2003-2006). She is the author of Bodily Discourses: When Students Write About Abuse and Eating Disorders (Portsmouth: Boyton/Cook, Heinemann, March 2000); The Curious Reader: Exploring Academic and Personal Inquiry (New York: Pearson Longman, 2005) with Bruce Ballenger; as well as co-author of The Curious Writer (2022) (with Bruce Ballenger and Kelly Myers) and The Instructor’s Manual to Accompany The Curious Writer (2022), in addition to various articles and book chapters. She teaches courses in writing arguments, theories of rhetoric and composition, nonfiction writing, the teaching of writing, and special topics courses in literacy and faith-centered students. Payne earned a Ph.D. in English, Composition and Literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1997. She has an M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric from Florida State University, and a B.A. in English Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing, from Miami University in Ohio.

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    Prior to becoming Assistant Provost for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs, Payne served as Chair of the English Department for 12 years, overseeing the largest academic department on campus with 120 faculty. Before that, she served as the assistant director (1998-2003) and then the director of the First-Year Writing Program (2003-2006). She is the author of Bodily Discourses: When Students Write About Abuse and Eating Disorders (Portsmouth: Boyton/Cook, Heinemann, March 2000); The Curious Reader: Exploring Academic and Personal Inquiry (New York: Pearson Longman, 2005) with Bruce Ballenger; as well as co-author of The Curious Writer (2022) (with Bruce Ballenger and Kelly Myers) and The Instructor’s Manual to Accompany The Curious Writer (2022), in addition to various articles and book chapters. She teaches courses in writing arguments, theories of rhetoric and composition, nonfiction writing, the teaching of writing, and special topics courses in literacy and faith-centered students. Payne earned a Ph.D. in English, Composition and Literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1997. She has an M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric from Florida State University, and a B.A. in English Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing, from Miami University in Ohio.

  • Stephanie Ritchie Breach

    Senior Project Coordinator for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs

    Prior to her role as a project coordinator at Boise State, Stephanie was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the College of Western Idaho for 12 years, where she was the founding faculty member of the Criminal Justice program. While at CWI, Stephanie also served four years as the faculty senate president. This role sparked a passion for supporting and advocating for faculty, which prompted her transition to Boise State. Stephanie holds a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State and a B.S. in Crime and Justice Studies from the University of Idaho. She has also sought out additional education in civil mediation, leading with diversity, equity, and inclusion, and project management. Stephanie is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration.

    Prior to her role as a project coordinator at Boise State, Stephanie was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the College of Western Idaho for 12 years, where she was the founding faculty member of the Criminal Justice program. While at CWI, Stephanie also served four years as the faculty senate president. This role sparked a passion for supporting and advocating for faculty, which prompted her transition to Boise State. Stephanie holds a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State and a B.S. in Crime and Justice Studies from the University of Idaho. She has also sought out additional education in civil mediation, leading with diversity, equity, and inclusion, and project management. Stephanie is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration.