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Meet the Program Leaders

Program Leadership

  • Digital Innovation and Design

    Dawn Shepherd, Program Launch Director

    Dr. Shepherd is an associate professor in the English Department and Program Launch Director for the online Bachelor of Arts degree program 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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    Dr. Shepherd is an associate professor in the English Department and Program Launch Director for the online Bachelor of Arts degree program 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.
    Connect with the DI+D team

  • Drone Operations for Visualization, Research, and Resource Management

    Megan Cattau, Program Director

    Dr. Megan Cattau is the Program Director for the Certificate in Drone Operations for Visualization, Research, and Resource Management and Assistant Professor in Human-Environment Systems. She partners with Co-Directors Dr. Trevor Caughlin of Biology and Dr. Jeffrey Johnson of Geosciences. The certificate offers students training in drone flying, imagery for research, and technology for business applications.

    Dr. Megan Cattau is the Program Director for the Certificate in Drone Operations for Visualization, Research, and Resource Management and Assistant Professor in Human-Environment Systems. She partners with Co-Directors Dr. Trevor Caughlin of Biology and Dr. Jeffrey Johnson of Geosciences. The certificate offers students training in drone flying, imagery for research, and technology for business applications.

  • Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile

    Anthony Ellertson, Director and Clinical Professor

    Dr. Ellertson is the Director of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile (GIMM). GIMM graduates use their skills in immersive ‘gaming’ technologies to solve complex challenges in industry, education, and the community.
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    Dr. Ellertson is the Director of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile (GIMM). GIMM graduates use their skills in immersive ‘gaming’ technologies to solve complex challenges in industry, education, and the community.
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  • Esports Varsity Team

    Chris Haskell, Head Coach

    Dr. Chris Haskell (AKA “Doc”) is Head Coach for the Esports Varsity Team. Boise State hosts competitive videogame teams as an officially sanctioned varsity activity for undergraduate and graduate students.
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    Dr. Chris Haskell (AKA “Doc”) is Head Coach for the Esports Varsity Team. Boise State hosts competitive videogame teams as an officially sanctioned varsity activity for undergraduate and graduate students.
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  • Brett Shelton

    Esports Courses

    Brett Shelton, Professor in Dept of Educational Technology

    Dr. Brett Shelton is a Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology and the Program Director for the fully-online Esports courses, which will be a certificate in summer 2023. The courses provide training in the Esports industry.

    Dr. Brett Shelton is a Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology and the Program Director for the fully-online Esports courses, which will be a certificate in summer 2023. The courses provide training in the Esports industry.

  • Human Environment Systems

    Jen Schneider, HES Director

    Dr. Schneider is the Associate Dean for CI+D and the Director of the Human-Environment Systems (HES) faculty group. HES uses community-based research to find real-world solutions to pressing environmental challenges.
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    Dr. Schneider is the Associate Dean for CI+D and the Director of the Human-Environment Systems (HES) faculty group. HES uses community-based research to find real-world solutions to pressing environmental challenges.
    Connect with the HES team

  • Onramp, Google Career Certificates, & Harvard Business School Online

    Mark Woychick, Director

    Mark Woychick is Director and Clinical Professor of three programs: Onramp,  Google Career Certificates at Boise State, and Harvard Business School Online at Boise State. The Onramp Program provides coding experiences to underserved K-12 students throughout Idaho. Google Career Certificates offer Project Management, IT support, and Data Analysis certificates. Harvard Business School Online trains students in basic business fluency in a management, negotiation, accounting, analytics, and economics.

    Mark Woychick is Director and Clinical Professor of three programs: Onramp,  Google Career Certificates at Boise State, and Harvard Business School Online at Boise State. The Onramp Program provides coding experiences to underserved K-12 students throughout Idaho. Google Career Certificates offer Project Management, IT support, and Data Analysis certificates. Harvard Business School Online trains students in basic business fluency in a management, negotiation, accounting, analytics, and economics.

  • Society for Ideas

    Jennie Myers and Brad Weigle, Co-Directors

    Brad Weigle and Jennie Myers are Co-Directors and Assistant Clinical Professors for Society for Ideas (SFI). Brad and Jennie are also Co-Founders of the creative agency, Against. SFI offers certificates and courses with the goal of teaching anyone in the world the ability to learn creative problem-solving skills, gain a competitive edge, and improve their creative confidence to succeed in their studies and careers.
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    Brad Weigle and Jennie Myers are Co-Directors and Assistant Clinical Professors for Society for Ideas (SFI). Brad and Jennie are also Co-Founders of the creative agency, Against. SFI offers certificates and courses with the goal of teaching anyone in the world the ability to learn creative problem-solving skills, gain a competitive edge, and improve their creative confidence to succeed in their studies and careers.
    Connect with the SFI team

  • User Experience Design

    Lana Grover, Director of Programming

    Lana Grover is the Director of Programming in the CI+D Dean’s Office and leads the UX Design (UXD) Certificate. The UXD Certificate provides an introduction to the skills and processes of working in the field of UX Design.

    Lana Grover is the Director of Programming in the CI+D Dean’s Office and leads the UX Design (UXD) Certificate. The UXD Certificate provides an introduction to the skills and processes of working in the field of UX Design.

  • Cara Van Sant, Interim Director, Venture College

    Venture College

    Cara Van Sant, Interim Director

    Cara Van Sant is the interim director of Venture College, where students acquire entrepreneurial skills and apply those skills in launching new ventures.
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    Cara Van Sant is the interim director of Venture College, where students acquire entrepreneurial skills and apply those skills in launching new ventures.
    Connect with the Venture College team

Graduated Program Leadership

The College of Innovation + Design has the unique mission to “graduate” programs once they are proven successful.  Graduated programs are exported or returned to a permanent home in another college once validated for quality, relevance, and financial stability.

  • Leadership Certificates

    Heidi Reeder, Professor and Program Lead in the School of Public Service

    Dr. Heidi Reeder was a founding Program Director in the College of Innovation + Design’s launch in 2015. The Leadership and Human Relations Skills-Building Certificate (LEAD) program grew in quality and size and was graduated to the School of Public Service in Fall 2021.

    Dr. Heidi Reeder was a founding Program Director in the College of Innovation + Design’s launch in 2015. The Leadership and Human Relations Skills-Building Certificate (LEAD) program grew in quality and size and was graduated to the School of Public Service in Fall 2021.

  • User Experience Research Certificates

    John Ziker, Anthropology Dept Chair

    The UX Research Certificate programs were created by the Department of Anthropology with the support of CI+D in 2017. The program graduated in Fall 2022 to be fully sustained by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Anthropology.

    The UX Research Certificate programs were created by the Department of Anthropology with the support of CI+D in 2017. The program graduated in Fall 2022 to be fully sustained by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Anthropology.

  • Vertically Integrated Projects

    Donna Llewellyn, Executive Director for IFITS

    Dr. Donna Llewellyn, Executive Director for Institute for Transformative and Inclusive Scholarship (IFITS), alongside former CI+D Associate Dean Dr. Will Hughes, brought the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program to Boise State in Spring 2016. The VIP program enables students to earn academic credits for participating in faculty-led interdisciplinary teams over multiple semesters. The program graduated to IFITS in Fall 2021.

    Dr. Donna Llewellyn, Executive Director for Institute for Transformative and Inclusive Scholarship (IFITS), alongside former CI+D Associate Dean Dr. Will Hughes, brought the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program to Boise State in Spring 2016. The VIP program enables students to earn academic credits for participating in faculty-led interdisciplinary teams over multiple semesters. The program graduated to IFITS in Fall 2021.