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The College of Innovation and Design (CID) is about nurturing new ideas – born out of the best faculty, student, and community input to ensure the growth and value of a Boise State education.

From a cross-disciplinary major to new courses designed to build skills employers demand to re-imagining the future of a university, CID is looking to incubate the most innovative and exciting ideas facing Boise State and higher education today.

Contact Us

The above menu provides a list of our Program Directors and Dean’s Office staff. If you are not sure who to contact, please email cid@boisestate.edu and we will route you to the correct person!

Meet the Dean's Office Team

  • Shawn Benner

    Shawn Benner

    Interim Dean

    Shawn Benner is the Interim Dean in the College of Innovation and Design. Shawn received his BA from Colorado College, MS from the University of Montana and his PhD from the University in Waterloo. His scholarship focuses on student-oriented environmental research addressing problems of immediate value to society; he has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to joining Boise State, Shawn held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University and was a Research Scientist at the Desert Research Institute. As a professor in Geosciences at Boise State, Shawn helped build the innovative ‘sophomore core’ undergraduate curriculum, which helped more than double major recruitment and retention. He was the Boise State lead on the multi-institutional, $25,000,000, Idaho NSF-EPSCoR Program, managed the Trace Analytical Facility, and co-founded the Human-Environment Systems program.

    Shawn Benner is the Interim Dean in the College of Innovation and Design. Shawn received his BA from Colorado College, MS from the University of Montana and his PhD from the University in Waterloo. His scholarship focuses on student-oriented environmental research addressing problems of immediate value to society; he has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to joining Boise State, Shawn held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University and was a Research Scientist at the Desert Research Institute. As a professor in Geosciences at Boise State, Shawn helped build the innovative ‘sophomore core’ undergraduate curriculum, which helped more than double major recruitment and retention. He was the Boise State lead on the multi-institutional, $25,000,000, Idaho NSF-EPSCoR Program, managed the Trace Analytical Facility, and co-founded the Human-Environment Systems program.

  • Jen Schneider

    Associate Dean

    Jen Schneider is Associate Dean of the College of Innovation and Design and Director of Human-Environment Systems. She has worked extensively in the areas of public communication of science and technology controversies, stakeholder engagement, and public engagement. Her primary research interest is in understanding how politics and environmental communication intersect: she has collaborated with teams to design and facilitate large public meetings on topics such as climate change, emerging technologies, nuclear power, and rapid urban growth.

    Jen has also worked in team science contexts, collaborating with scientists and engineers to design stakeholder engagement projects on topics ranging from decarbonization to water management to farmland preservation.

    Jen received her PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University in 2004, then went on to work as a professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines before joining Boise State in 2014. She served as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Public Service at Boise State before joining CI+D.

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    Jen Schneider is Associate Dean of the College of Innovation and Design and Director of Human-Environment Systems. She has worked extensively in the areas of public communication of science and technology controversies, stakeholder engagement, and public engagement. Her primary research interest is in understanding how politics and environmental communication intersect: she has collaborated with teams to design and facilitate large public meetings on topics such as climate change, emerging technologies, nuclear power, and rapid urban growth.

    Jen has also worked in team science contexts, collaborating with scientists and engineers to design stakeholder engagement projects on topics ranging from decarbonization to water management to farmland preservation.

    Jen received her PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University in 2004, then went on to work as a professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines before joining Boise State in 2014. She served as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Public Service at Boise State before joining CI+D.

  • Erica Abac

    Administrative Assistant 2

    Erica (she/her) joined the College of Innovation + Design in 2022, leaving K-12 education after 9 years.  She earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Art History and her Master in Teaching degree from the University of Washington.  She grew up in Seattle, WA and has lived in Boise since 2013.

    Erica (she/her) joined the College of Innovation + Design in 2022, leaving K-12 education after 9 years.  She earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Art History and her Master in Teaching degree from the University of Washington.  She grew up in Seattle, WA and has lived in Boise since 2013.

  • Jennifer Grasmick

    Business Manager, Senior

  • Lana Grover

    Director of Programs

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    Veronica Roper

    Project Coordinator

    Veronica Roper has worked at the Boise State University since 2011. She worked in the Advising and Academic Support Center and Intensive English Program prior to joining CI+D in 2018. She earned her undergraduate degree in Food Marketing and Agricultural Business Management from California State Polytechnic University. At Boise State, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management and a Masters in Public Administration.

    Veronica Roper has worked at the Boise State University since 2011. She worked in the Advising and Academic Support Center and Intensive English Program prior to joining CI+D in 2018. She earned her undergraduate degree in Food Marketing and Agricultural Business Management from California State Polytechnic University. At Boise State, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management and a Masters in Public Administration.

  • Amanda Ryan

    Director of Student Services & Assessment

    Amanda joined the College of Innovation and Design in 2018 where she does academic and career advising for the Games, Interactive Media and Mobile technology degree, as well as supports special CI+D initiatives related to continuous improvement. Amanda earned both her Master of Arts in Technical Communication and Bachelor of General Studies from Boise State University. Amanda holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognition & Instruction. She also holds certificates in leadership from Idaho State University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boise State. Prior to working in higher education Amanda spent 8 years working in management and operations in the craft beer industry.

    Amanda joined the College of Innovation and Design in 2018 where she does academic and career advising for the Games, Interactive Media and Mobile technology degree, as well as supports special CI+D initiatives related to continuous improvement. Amanda earned both her Master of Arts in Technical Communication and Bachelor of General Studies from Boise State University. Amanda holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognition & Instruction. She also holds certificates in leadership from Idaho State University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boise State. Prior to working in higher education Amanda spent 8 years working in management and operations in the craft beer industry.

Meet the Program Directors

  • Anthony Ellertson

    Director

    Dr. Ellertson is the Director of CID’s major, Gaming, Interactive and Mobile Media (GIMM). GIMM graduates use their skills in immersive ‘gaming’ technologies to solve complex challenges in industry, education, and the community.

    Dr. Ellertson is the Director of CID’s major, Gaming, Interactive and Mobile Media (GIMM). GIMM graduates use their skills in immersive ‘gaming’ technologies to solve complex challenges in industry, education, and the community.

  • Chris Haskell

    Esports Head Coach

    Esports Varsity Team
  • Brad Weigle

    Brad Weigle

    Director

    Meet Brad Weigle (he/him), current Program Director of Society for Ideas (formerly the ID:EA Certificate) at the College of Innovation + Design at Boise State University and Co-Founder of creative agency, Against. Weigle, a fellow Bronco, graduated from Boise State with a BA degree in Marketing and another in Finance.

    In 2019, he co-founded Society for Ideas with Jennie Myers. Within two years of launching, the program saw 1,000 students and continues to be one of the fastest-growing and highest-rated programs at the University.

    College of Innovation and Design

    Meet Brad Weigle (he/him), current Program Director of Society for Ideas (formerly the ID:EA Certificate) at the College of Innovation + Design at Boise State University and Co-Founder of creative agency, Against. Weigle, a fellow Bronco, graduated from Boise State with a BA degree in Marketing and another in Finance.

    In 2019, he co-founded Society for Ideas with Jennie Myers. Within two years of launching, the program saw 1,000 students and continues to be one of the fastest-growing and highest-rated programs at the University.

  • Jennie Myers

    Jennie Myers

    Director

    Jennie Myers (she/her) is a creative strategist who translates business strategy into human insight and human insight into creative storytelling for local and national brands. This endlessly curious, hardcore optimist lives the “love-what-you-do, do-what-you-love” life. It’s this mindset that led her to where she is today.

    Myers is Co-Founder of Against, a creative agency in Boise, Idaho, and Program Director of Society for Ideas at the College of Innovation + Design at Boise State University. Over the last 20 years, Myers has led creative teams, developed creative cultures, and launched award-winning campaigns for clients.

    Jennie Myers (she/her) is a creative strategist who translates business strategy into human insight and human insight into creative storytelling for local and national brands. This endlessly curious, hardcore optimist lives the “love-what-you-do, do-what-you-love” life. It’s this mindset that led her to where she is today.

    Myers is Co-Founder of Against, a creative agency in Boise, Idaho, and Program Director of Society for Ideas at the College of Innovation + Design at Boise State University. Over the last 20 years, Myers has led creative teams, developed creative cultures, and launched award-winning campaigns for clients.

  • Jen Schneider

    Director

    Dr. Schneider the Director of the Human-Environment Systems (HES) group. HES is using community based research to find real world solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

    Dr. Schneider the Director of the Human-Environment Systems (HES) group. HES is using community based research to find real world solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

  • Dawn Shepherd

    Launch Director

    Dr. Shepherd is an associate professor in the English department and Program Launch Director for the online BA in Digital Innovation + Design (DI+D). DI+D equips students with new ways of thinking and doing to solve real-world problems and foster innovation.

    Dr. Shepherd is an associate professor in the English department and Program Launch Director for the online BA in Digital Innovation + Design (DI+D). DI+D equips students with new ways of thinking and doing to solve real-world problems and foster innovation.

  • Ryan Vasso

    Interim Director

    Ryan Vasso is the interim director for the Venture College, where students acquire entrepreneurial skills and apply those skills in launching new ventures.

    Ryan Vasso is the interim director for the Venture College, where students acquire entrepreneurial skills and apply those skills in launching new ventures.

  • Mark Woychick

    Director

    Mark Woychick is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Google Career Certificates and Onramp Programs. The Google Career Certificates are offered in Project Management, IT Support, and Data Analysis and are open to all majors. The Onramp Program provides coding experiences to underserved K-12 students throughout Idaho.

    Mark Woychick is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Google Career Certificates and Onramp Programs. The Google Career Certificates are offered in Project Management, IT Support, and Data Analysis and are open to all majors. The Onramp Program provides coding experiences to underserved K-12 students throughout Idaho.

  • John Ziker

    Director

    Dr. Ziker is a professor and chair of the Boise State Anthropology Department and Director of the User Experience Research Certificate and User Research Professional Certificate. The UXR certificates adapt the knowledge and skills in anthropology for public and private sector employment.

    Dr. Ziker is a professor and chair of the Boise State Anthropology Department and Director of the User Experience Research Certificate and User Research Professional Certificate. The UXR certificates adapt the knowledge and skills in anthropology for public and private sector employment.

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