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    Leslie Atkins Elliot, PhD

    Interim Department Chair & Professor

    At Boise State I work in both IDoTeach – preparing science teachers – and in CIFS. My commitment to science education stems from a love of science (especially physics!) and a conviction that liberal education, publicly funded research, and academic debate are critical for a just democracy to thrive. I’m proud to work in a public university and prepare public school teachers, especially here in Idaho.

    I can help you with questions about our department and programs, and with considering a STEM teaching career or engaging in science education research.

    At Boise State I work in both IDoTeach – preparing science teachers – and in CIFS. My commitment to science education stems from a love of science (especially physics!) and a conviction that liberal education, publicly funded research, and academic debate are critical for a just democracy to thrive. I’m proud to work in a public university and prepare public school teachers, especially here in Idaho.

    I can help you with questions about our department and programs, and with considering a STEM teaching career or engaging in science education research.

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    Maggie Scott

    Administrative Assistant II

    I love the energy of working on a college campus. Whenever I walk past the library, there are so many students gathered together, learning about student groups or events going on around campus. Even though I don’t get to work directly with students on a daily basis, they are definitely the reason I’m here.

    I can help direct you to the right person to speak with about your questions and am a great place to start!

    I love the energy of working on a college campus. Whenever I walk past the library, there are so many students gathered together, learning about student groups or events going on around campus. Even though I don’t get to work directly with students on a daily basis, they are definitely the reason I’m here.

    I can help direct you to the right person to speak with about your questions and am a great place to start!

Faculty

  • Peter Boedeker, CIFS, faculty/staff, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Peter Boedeker, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Jonathan Brendefur, CIFS, Education

    Jonathan Brendefur, PhD

    Professor

    I am a professor of Mathematics Education at Boise State University, Foundation Teacher of the Year (2019) and am currently the Director of the Initiative of Mathematical Thinking for Instruction, which conducts grants and a graduate certificate and master’s degree for elementary and middle school math teachers. IMTI runs cohorts of 60 teachers every two years. I designed the math initiative for the state of Idaho, which provided professional development to over 14,000 K-12 teachers and administrators across the state. I have also written numerous chapters, journal articles, technical reports and curriculum and has presented over 80 conference papers. My research is on mathematical learning progressions, student learning, and teacher professional development.

    I can help if you have questions about how to teach math or are curious about math research. I can also help masters or doctoral students with questions in their programs.

    I am a professor of Mathematics Education at Boise State University, Foundation Teacher of the Year (2019) and am currently the Director of the Initiative of Mathematical Thinking for Instruction, which conducts grants and a graduate certificate and master’s degree for elementary and middle school math teachers. IMTI runs cohorts of 60 teachers every two years. I designed the math initiative for the state of Idaho, which provided professional development to over 14,000 K-12 teachers and administrators across the state. I have also written numerous chapters, journal articles, technical reports and curriculum and has presented over 80 conference papers. My research is on mathematical learning progressions, student learning, and teacher professional development.

    I can help if you have questions about how to teach math or are curious about math research. I can also help masters or doctoral students with questions in their programs.

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    Kathleen Budge, EdD

    Associate Professor

  • Michele Carney, Foundational Studies, Studio Portrait

    Michele Carney, PhD

    Associate Professor

    At Boise State I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department and direct the Boise State Regional Math Center. I am committed to serving teachers by providing high-quality and engaging mathematics professional development. I work on several grants that focus on supporting teachers in providing instruction that builds students’ understanding and interest in mathematics. Prior to coming to Boise State I worked as a math teacher, coach, and math curriculum coordinator in the West Ada School District.

    I can help in-service teachers find high quality mathematics professional development opportunities and I would love to have conversations with pre-service teachers and graduate students who are interested in working on projects focused on improving mathematics education for students.

    At Boise State I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department and direct the Boise State Regional Math Center. I am committed to serving teachers by providing high-quality and engaging mathematics professional development. I work on several grants that focus on supporting teachers in providing instruction that builds students’ understanding and interest in mathematics. Prior to coming to Boise State I worked as a math teacher, coach, and math curriculum coordinator in the West Ada School District.

    I can help in-service teachers find high quality mathematics professional development opportunities and I would love to have conversations with pre-service teachers and graduate students who are interested in working on projects focused on improving mathematics education for students.

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    Kelly Cross, EdD

    Clinical Associate Professor

  • Sherry Dismuke, CIFS, studio portrait

    Sherry Dismuke, EdD

    Clinical Associate Professor

  • Esther Enright

    Esther Enright, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    At Boise State, I work in our Teacher Education programs – preparing elementary and secondary teachers for instruction – and in the CIFS department, primarily with the M.A. in Education, Curriculum & Instruction (MACI) program. I express my strong commitment to equity and access to high quality education through my teaching, research, and service. My current research is focused on developing capacity for equitable teaching in higher education. In particular, I examine teaching in social studies methods coursework as well as study the development of faculty capacity to teach equitably across disciplines. Currently, I am collaborating with faculty in Educational Leadership, Computer Science, and Library Sciences.

    I can help you with questions about equity in teaching and learning research in K-12 and Higher Education. I enjoy working on teams that reach across fields.

    At Boise State, I work in our Teacher Education programs – preparing elementary and secondary teachers for instruction – and in the CIFS department, primarily with the M.A. in Education, Curriculum & Instruction (MACI) program. I express my strong commitment to equity and access to high quality education through my teaching, research, and service. My current research is focused on developing capacity for equitable teaching in higher education. In particular, I examine teaching in social studies methods coursework as well as study the development of faculty capacity to teach equitably across disciplines. Currently, I am collaborating with faculty in Educational Leadership, Computer Science, and Library Sciences.

    I can help you with questions about equity in teaching and learning research in K-12 and Higher Education. I enjoy working on teams that reach across fields.

  • Sara Fry, Foundational Studies, Studio Portrait

    Sara Fry, PhD

    Professor

    I teach classes for CIFS, University Foundations, the Honors College and the Human Rights Certificate Program. I enjoy helping students recognize and develop their potential as participatory citizens who help create an inclusive and socially just world. My research reflects those teaching interests by focusing on service-learning, citizenship education, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to my university career, I taught middle school social studies and language arts in Colorado and Trinidad & Tobago.

    I can help you with questions about social studies education and participatory citizenship.

    I teach classes for CIFS, University Foundations, the Honors College and the Human Rights Certificate Program. I enjoy helping students recognize and develop their potential as participatory citizens who help create an inclusive and socially just world. My research reflects those teaching interests by focusing on service-learning, citizenship education, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to my university career, I taught middle school social studies and language arts in Colorado and Trinidad & Tobago.

    I can help you with questions about social studies education and participatory citizenship.

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  • Sara Hagenah, CIFS, Studio portrait

    Sara Hagenah, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Serena Hicks, CIFS, Studio portrait

    Serena Hicks, PhD

    Clinical Assistant Professor

  • Philip Kelly, CIFS, Faculty/Staff Portrait, Fall

    Phil Kelly, PhD

    Professor

    I joined the Boise State family in 1998 because of our College’s focus on teaching.  Simply put, I LOVE teaching and teachers.  I believe teaching can be the most noble of professions.  Throughout my many different jobs at Boise State, I always return to teaching pre- and in-service teachers about the big ideas in Education.  I love exploring questions about the purposes of education and schooling in a democracy.

    I can help students wrestle with their best answer to Should I teach? I have no stake in your answer, only that your answer best fits you.  I also can help with questions about general educational policy, as well as Boise State policies.  Lastly, if I can’t help you, I usually know who can and will direct you to the best source for information/advising.

    I joined the Boise State family in 1998 because of our College’s focus on teaching.  Simply put, I LOVE teaching and teachers.  I believe teaching can be the most noble of professions.  Throughout my many different jobs at Boise State, I always return to teaching pre- and in-service teachers about the big ideas in Education.  I love exploring questions about the purposes of education and schooling in a democracy.

    I can help students wrestle with their best answer to Should I teach? I have no stake in your answer, only that your answer best fits you.  I also can help with questions about general educational policy, as well as Boise State policies.  Lastly, if I can’t help you, I usually know who can and will direct you to the best source for information/advising.

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    Angel Larson

    Clinical Instructor

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    Ya Mo, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Education Building, Room 409
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    Bill Parrett, PhD

    Professor

  • Carl Siebert, CIFS, College of Education, Studio portrait

    Carl Siebert, PhD

    Assistant Professor

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    Jennifer Snow, PhD

    Professor

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    Julianne Wenner, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    The bulk of my instruction and research at Boise State focus on elementary and early childhood science (teacher) education. However, I’m also involved in qualitative research, teacher leadership, broader strategies for teaching and learning, and even a bit of craftivism! Whatever I am working on, my goals are to honor the strengths and background of learners, build on existing expertise, and create communities of learners and leaders.

    I can help you with questions about elementary science outreach, and engaging in elementary science education research.

    The bulk of my instruction and research at Boise State focus on elementary and early childhood science (teacher) education. However, I’m also involved in qualitative research, teacher leadership, broader strategies for teaching and learning, and even a bit of craftivism! Whatever I am working on, my goals are to honor the strengths and background of learners, build on existing expertise, and create communities of learners and leaders.

    I can help you with questions about elementary science outreach, and engaging in elementary science education research.

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    Heather Williams, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    I was hired by Boise State in 2014 to build and teach our then new Executive Educational Leadership program, which results in superintendent certification and an Educational Specialist degree. I transitioned to higher education after spending over twenty years as a teacher, administrator, school improvement consultant, and superintendent in primarily rural and low socio-economic EC-12 school systems. I love to connect people and ideas and build bridges to meaningful work that better serves all students. I work on several grants and contracts that focus on policy implementation, system improvement, or networks for supporting leaders and learners.

    I can help you with questions related to administrators (both pre-service and re-certification requirements); educational leadership; policy and implementation; rural education; and even human-animal interactions in education. I am passionate about recruiting more teachers and leaders to serve in rural communities. Really, I just get excited about learning!  I started my career in education as a high school Biology and Psychology teacher, and deep down every day in my class is still lab day. I love setting up learning opportunities for students to explore.

    I was hired by Boise State in 2014 to build and teach our then new Executive Educational Leadership program, which results in superintendent certification and an Educational Specialist degree. I transitioned to higher education after spending over twenty years as a teacher, administrator, school improvement consultant, and superintendent in primarily rural and low socio-economic EC-12 school systems. I love to connect people and ideas and build bridges to meaningful work that better serves all students. I work on several grants and contracts that focus on policy implementation, system improvement, or networks for supporting leaders and learners.

    I can help you with questions related to administrators (both pre-service and re-certification requirements); educational leadership; policy and implementation; rural education; and even human-animal interactions in education. I am passionate about recruiting more teachers and leaders to serve in rural communities. Really, I just get excited about learning!  I started my career in education as a high school Biology and Psychology teacher, and deep down every day in my class is still lab day. I love setting up learning opportunities for students to explore.

  • AJ Zenkert, Foundational Studies, Studio Portrait

    A.J. Zenkert, EdD

    Clinical Associate Professor

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