In addition to the thousands of new student faces on campus this fall, Boise State has welcomed more than 30 new faculty and staff members. Each year, Albertsons Library creates a gallery of these new hires, complete with bios and photos. The library’s gallery for the 2016-17 school year is available here. Below you’ll find a small sample of new people you’ll meet on campus; when you see them, be sure to say hello.
Michael D. Ekstrand, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, specializes in researching human-computer interaction regarding recommender systems. Ekstrand received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota and his B.S. in computer engineering from Iowa State University. He has built a number of open-source software packages, open-source software distribution being a key part of his research. Recent examples include: LenKit, a toolkit for building, researching, and studying recommender systems, and Grapht, a dependency injection framework for Java with novel configuration and static analysis capabilities.
Reshmi Mukherjee actually started at Boise State University in 2014 as the interim director of Gender Studies and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English. She received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in gender studies, an M.A. in comparative literature, and a M.Phil. in women’s studies from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India. Mukherjee’s research focuses on the representations of race, gender, sexuality and subalternity in sub-Saharan, Arab Anglophone and South Asian literature; transnational approaches to studying and teaching diasporic, exilic, testimonio, and refugee narratives; postcolonial theory, transnational feminism and culture studies.
Lida Uribe-Flórez is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Technology and serves as the Ed.D. program associate coordinator. She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a focus on mathematics education from Virginia Tech. She previously taught at New Mexico State University and was a mathematics education researcher for the MC2-LIFT Project funded by the National Science Foundation. It “focuses on improving classroom practice to increase student math learning through the development of pedagogical and math content knowledge … [and] developing expertise in working with adult learners and facilitating professional learning among colleagues and administrators within a school system.” Her scholarship and creative activity interests include empowering English learnings, teacher leadership and project-based social justice mathematics. Uribe-Flórez is a member of several professional groups including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the American Educational Research Association.
Matthew J. Castel is an assistant professor with the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. He joins Boise State University after receiving his Ph.D. in business administration with a focus on operations and sourcing management and marketing from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business, where he also received a master of science in manufacturing and engineering management. Castel also earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Michigan State’s College of Engineering. Castel is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute (SI), INFORMS, and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and he was an ad-hoc reviewer for the Decision Sciences Journal.
Luke Fowler, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, completed his Ph.D. at Mississippi State University in 2013. He has written articles for journals such as State and Local Government Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, and Accounting and Financial Management, and has presented papers at numerous conferences including the annual meetings of the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration and the American Association of Public Administration. Fowler enjoys working in consultation with local governments. Some of his consultation work includes focus groups on fair housing for Valdosta, Georgia, and a compensation and scheduling study of police and fire for Moultrie, Georgia.
Eric M. Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology focusing on youth sports with an emphasis on motivation and passion in activity choices. He received his Ph.D. in kinesiology from Michigan State University, an M.S. in sports studies from Miami University, and a B.S. in psychology from Colorado State University. Before coming to Boise State he taught as an instructor at Michigan State University and worked as an advisory board committee member for the Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency, and as a consultant for the Lansing area high schools, Power Play Lacrosse’s high school aged elite travel club in Lansing, Michigan, as well as the collegiate varsity team of Michigan State University.
Alessandro Meregaglia joined Boise State University’s Albertsons Library in April 2016 and is currently an assistant professor, archivist and librarian for Special Collections and Archives. Meregaglia earned his MLS from Indiana University specializing in archives and records management along with a M.A. in history focusing on 20th-century American history. He also earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College majoring in American Studies. While at Indiana University, he worked as a processing assistant, encoder and transcription assistant for the university archives. He is currently affiliated with the Society of American Archivists and the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists.