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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 and the Director of the Human-Environment Systems Program. 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 and the Director of the Human-Environment Systems Program. 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.

  • 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.

  • Mark Woychick

    Director of Programs

    Mark Woychick is Director of Programs for Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM), Harvard Business School Online, Venture College, Boise State X, and the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge. During his career, Woychick has worked in several business functions, including Customer Service, Sales & Pursuit, Managed Services, IT, and Operations. Mark has been an adjunct faculty member for Boise State’s College of Business and Economics since 2009. He has earned a master of business administration at Boise State University in addition to a bachelor of arts in English at the University of Southern Maine.

    Mark Woychick is Director of Programs for Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM), Harvard Business School Online, Venture College, Boise State X, and the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge. During his career, Woychick has worked in several business functions, including Customer Service, Sales & Pursuit, Managed Services, IT, and Operations. Mark has been an adjunct faculty member for Boise State’s College of Business and Economics since 2009. He has earned a master of business administration at Boise State University in addition to a bachelor of arts in English at the University of Southern Maine.

Meet the Program Directors

  • Shawn Benner

    Shawn Benner

    Director

    Dr. Benner is the Interim Dean for CID and also 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. Benner is the Interim Dean for CID and also the Director of the Human-Environment Systems (HES) group. HES is using community based research to find real world solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

  • 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.

  • Nic Miller

    Executive Director

    Nic leads the Venture College, where students acquire entrepreneurial skills and apply those skills in launching new ventures.

    Nic leads the Venture College, where students acquire entrepreneurial skills and apply those skills in launching new ventures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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