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Faculty and Staff

CIFS faculty and staff are working on campus in varying degrees during the fall 2020 semester. The best, most consistent mode of reaching each of us would be via email.

Department Chair and Administrative Assistant

  • Leslie Atkins Elliott, PhD

    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.

  • 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, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Education Building, Room 406
  • 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.

  • Sherry Dismuke

    Sherry Dismuke, EdD

    Clinical Associate Professor

    At Boise State I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department. I am the coordinator of Clinical Practice and Partnerships and coordinate the Elementary Education and Educational Studies Program. I supervise teacher candidates in their professional year and am committed to facilitating the growth and development of teachers from their preservice program and across their careers. My research agenda centers around new teacher inquiry groups, supervision, writing instruction, and writing self efficacy and motivation. I care deeply about facilitating the development of an inquiry stance toward teaching in order to promote an equitable and rigorous education for all P-12 students. Prior to coming to Boise State I worked as an Elementary teacher and Mentor teacher in the Boise School District.

    I can help create mutually beneficial partnerships with school partners and the community at large, deliver unique teacher induction programs and writing instruction professional development, or help you get started on your journey to achieve Elementary teacher certification or exciting career pathways in education related fields.

    At Boise State I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department. I am the coordinator of Clinical Practice and Partnerships and coordinate the Elementary Education and Educational Studies Program. I supervise teacher candidates in their professional year and am committed to facilitating the growth and development of teachers from their preservice program and across their careers. My research agenda centers around new teacher inquiry groups, supervision, writing instruction, and writing self efficacy and motivation. I care deeply about facilitating the development of an inquiry stance toward teaching in order to promote an equitable and rigorous education for all P-12 students. Prior to coming to Boise State I worked as an Elementary teacher and Mentor teacher in the Boise School District.

    I can help create mutually beneficial partnerships with school partners and the community at large, deliver unique teacher induction programs and writing instruction professional development, or help you get started on your journey to achieve Elementary teacher certification or exciting career pathways in education related fields.

  • 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.

    Education Building, Room 412

    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.

  • David Gabbard, Bilingual Education, studio portrait

    David Gabbard, PhD

    Professor

  • Sara Hagenah, CIFS, Studio portrait

    Sara Hagenah, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    I am an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies Department and Co-Director of IDoTeach, our STEM Teacher Education Program. I teach both undergraduate and graduate students in IDoTeach, CIFS, Computer Science, and the Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Programs.

    I can help with questions about STEM teacher education, CS teaching endorsement, and graduate education programs.

    I am an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies Department and Co-Director of IDoTeach, our STEM Teacher Education Program. I teach both undergraduate and graduate students in IDoTeach, CIFS, Computer Science, and the Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Programs.

    I can help with questions about STEM teacher education, CS teaching endorsement, and graduate education programs.

  • Serena Hicks

    Serena (Hicks) Morales, PhD

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    At Boise State, I teach undergraduate and graduate students in teacher preparation programs and methods courses. I also coordinate the Master in Teaching, Secondary program and work to design initiatives for moving learning forward across programs at the University, including the Center for Learning and Instruction. My research focus includes assessment practices in higher education and bridging theory to practice. I am passionate about potential.

    I can help you with instructional and program design and practical ways to develop an assessment architecture. I love talking about strategies that engage learners and especially love conversations around pedagogy practices in higher education.

    At Boise State, I teach undergraduate and graduate students in teacher preparation programs and methods courses. I also coordinate the Master in Teaching, Secondary program and work to design initiatives for moving learning forward across programs at the University, including the Center for Learning and Instruction. My research focus includes assessment practices in higher education and bridging theory to practice. I am passionate about potential.

    I can help you with instructional and program design and practical ways to develop an assessment architecture. I love talking about strategies that engage learners and especially love conversations around pedagogy practices in higher education.

  • 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.

  • Angel Larson

    Clinical Instructor

    At Boise State I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department and instruct professional year courses for elementary and secondary students. I am also a liaison for secondary interns and student teachers in the field. I love the excitement and energy of seniors embarking on their careers as educators. As a twenty year veteran in the k-12 classroom, I am passionate about providing an engaging, equitable, and inquiry based education to all students.

    I can help k-12 pre-service teachers navigate the professional demands of a teacher and love every minute of the experience. I can also help answer questions and dig deep into conversations about bringing theory to practice. It can be done!

    At Boise State I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department and instruct professional year courses for elementary and secondary students. I am also a liaison for secondary interns and student teachers in the field. I love the excitement and energy of seniors embarking on their careers as educators. As a twenty year veteran in the k-12 classroom, I am passionate about providing an engaging, equitable, and inquiry based education to all students.

    I can help k-12 pre-service teachers navigate the professional demands of a teacher and love every minute of the experience. I can also help answer questions and dig deep into conversations about bringing theory to practice. It can be done!

  • Ya Mo, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    I work in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies at Boise State and am a research fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. I research quantitative methods, psychometric measures, and assessments; I also apply quantitative research methods to study substantive education topics, especially large-scale assessments.

    I can help you with questions about quantitative methods, measurement, and assessment.

    Education Building, Room 409

    I work in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies at Boise State and am a research fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. I research quantitative methods, psychometric measures, and assessments; I also apply quantitative research methods to study substantive education topics, especially large-scale assessments.

    I can help you with questions about quantitative methods, measurement, and assessment.

  • William H Parrett, CSI & PS, COE, Studio Portrait

    Bill Parrett, PhD

    Professor

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

    Carl Siebert, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    After a very eclectic work history with training in computer science, math, business, and statistics, I arrived at Boise State in 2015. Over the past 15 years I have been committed to applied research, and I have learned to use methodological tools in various disciplines for practical applications in a variety of topics of interest. Thus, I am a methodologist – that is, I have advanced training in statistics, psychometrics, research methods, and program evaluation. My work involves finding better ways to measure, analyze, and evaluate latent constructs, most often with a goal of reducing disparities for marginalized populations. I work on several grants that focus on improving the lives of others, as well as help fund doctoral students in their own educational pursuits. Also, I am the Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Lab (PEARL) and the Director of the Master’s in Program Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (PEMS) program.

    I can help those seeking assistance with collecting data, designing methods for projects, evaluating programs, or identifying appropriate analytical procedures for collected information. Also, I can help those looking for an evaluator or methodologist to join an effort to seek external funding or fill a role on an already-funded project.

    After a very eclectic work history with training in computer science, math, business, and statistics, I arrived at Boise State in 2015. Over the past 15 years I have been committed to applied research, and I have learned to use methodological tools in various disciplines for practical applications in a variety of topics of interest. Thus, I am a methodologist – that is, I have advanced training in statistics, psychometrics, research methods, and program evaluation. My work involves finding better ways to measure, analyze, and evaluate latent constructs, most often with a goal of reducing disparities for marginalized populations. I work on several grants that focus on improving the lives of others, as well as help fund doctoral students in their own educational pursuits. Also, I am the Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Lab (PEARL) and the Director of the Master’s in Program Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (PEMS) program.

    I can help those seeking assistance with collecting data, designing methods for projects, evaluating programs, or identifying appropriate analytical procedures for collected information. Also, I can help those looking for an evaluator or methodologist to join an effort to seek external funding or fill a role on an already-funded project.

  • Jennifer Snow, Education, Studio Portrait, Tag

    Jennifer Snow, PhD

    Professor

  • Ramey Uriarte

    Regional Math Specialist

    As a Regional Math Specialist, I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department and in the Boise State Regional Math Center. I am passionate about serving teachers and providing high quality, engaging and practical professional development.  I am the Program Coordinator for the GC-MILL (Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Instruction, Learning and Leadership) as well as the lead of the Math Leadership Network within the Regional Math Center. In addition, I serve as a specialist for the ROOT (Researching Order of Teaching) project. Prior to coming to Boise State, I worked as a math teacher and coach in both the West Ada School District and the Boise School District.

    I can help in-service teachers implement best instructional practices and can advise them on where to obtain quality professional development.  I would love to have conversations with teachers who are interested in improving their teaching practice, being leaders in the field of mathematics education or pursuing a graduate certificate in mathematics education as they work toward a desired Master’s Degree.

    As a Regional Math Specialist, I work in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies department and in the Boise State Regional Math Center. I am passionate about serving teachers and providing high quality, engaging and practical professional development.  I am the Program Coordinator for the GC-MILL (Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Instruction, Learning and Leadership) as well as the lead of the Math Leadership Network within the Regional Math Center. In addition, I serve as a specialist for the ROOT (Researching Order of Teaching) project. Prior to coming to Boise State, I worked as a math teacher and coach in both the West Ada School District and the Boise School District.

    I can help in-service teachers implement best instructional practices and can advise them on where to obtain quality professional development.  I would love to have conversations with teachers who are interested in improving their teaching practice, being leaders in the field of mathematics education or pursuing a graduate certificate in mathematics education as they work toward a desired Master’s Degree.

  • Julianne Wenner portrait

    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.

  • 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, building 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 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 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, building 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 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!

  • Rob Winslow, EdD

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    At Boise State University I work in the Educational Leadership Program. I enjoy preparing students for leadership roles in schools. I have worked in Idaho as a school principal and I have led the school administrator association in the state. I love to work with aspiring leaders on their journey into the challenging role of educational leadership!

    I can help you with any questions about the Educational Leadership Program.

    At Boise State University I work in the Educational Leadership Program. I enjoy preparing students for leadership roles in schools. I have worked in Idaho as a school principal and I have led the school administrator association in the state. I love to work with aspiring leaders on their journey into the challenging role of educational leadership!

    I can help you with any questions about the Educational Leadership Program.

  • AJ Zenkert, Foundational Studies, Studio Portrait

    A.J. Zenkert, EdD

    Clinical Associate Professor

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