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College of Education promotes six faculty

The College of Education announced the promotion of six faculty members has been approved by President Tromp: Jeremy Ford, Department of Early and Special Education; Yu-Chang Hsu, Department of Educational Technology; Carl Seibert, Jan Smith, Julianne Wenner, and Heather Williams, Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies.

“We are proud to celebrate the promotion and tenure of these outstanding faculty,” said Jennifer Snow, interim dean. “Their excellence in teaching, research and service positively impacts the university and PK-12 students and communities in Idaho and beyond.”

Jeremy Ford, NCSP, associate professor is a specialist-level trained, nationally certified school psychologist and has experience working in schools in multiple capacities across kindergarten through high school and beyond. His research interests include: Curriculum-based measurement, explicit instruction, post-secondary transition and education for students with disabilities, Response to Intervention / Multi-tiered Systems of Support, and screening and progress decision-making. Ford is also the Director of The ASSIST Lab, a Vertically Integrated Project focused on expanding research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students including The PEERS Program and PREP Academy.

Yu-Chang Hsu, professor, joined Boise State University in 2010. His research interests and expertise include mobile app programming and computing education, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), maker education and physical computing for STEAM education, game-based mobile augmented reality and virtual reality. He has published extensively and developed innovative courses in the aforementioned areas. Hsu has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense Education Activity to research integrating STEM disciplinary knowledge into programming and collaborative problem solving, and how to integrate coding activities as well computational thinking in STEM curriculum.

Carl Seibert, associate professor, arrived at Boise State in 2015 with advanced training in statistics, psychometrics, research methods, and program evaluation. His work involves finding better ways to measure, analyze, and evaluate latent constructs, most often with a goal of reducing disparities for marginalized populations. He is also the Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Lab (PEARL) and the Coordinator of the Master’s in Program Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (PEMS) program.

Jan Smith, clinical associate professor, has been a part of Boise State since 2012. Her primary teaching responsibilities include a variety of STEM ED courses in IDoTeach. She also enjoys teaching the Elementary Science Methods course in the CIFS department. In addition to teaching and clinical field supervision, Smith also manages the Noyce Scholars Program.

Julianne Wenner, associate professor, focuses her instruction and research on elementary and early childhood science (teacher) education. She is also involved in qualitative research, teacher leadership, and broader strategies for teaching and learning. Her goals are to honor the strengths and background of learners, build on existing expertise, and create communities of learners and leaders.

Heather Williams, associate professor, came to Boise State in 2014 to build and teach the newly created Executive Educational Leadership program, which leads to superintendent certification and an Educational Specialist degree. She transitioned to higher education after spending over twenty years as a teacher, administrator, school improvement consultant, and superintendent in primarily rural school systems. She also works on several grants and contracts that focus on policy implementation, system improvement, or networks for supporting leaders and learners.