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Wampler joins Office of the President in new role

Brian Wampler has joined the Office of the President as the President’s Professor of Public Scholarship and Engagement.

In this new position, Wampler will engage with centers, institutes, faculty and staff to promote public scholarship and to foster engagement with community partners, resulting in research, teaching and learning opportunities.

“I am excited to see the broad impacts of elevating the truly outstanding public scholarship of our faculty from all parts of the university and of creating synergies across campus, including with our centers and institutes,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, president. “We are fortunate to have a colleague the caliber of Dr. Wampler. His unique expertise in public scholarship will help extend the reach of Boise State, so we can do more good in Idaho and in the world.”

Wampler came to Boise State in 2001 and has served as chair of the political science department, was the founding chair of the global studies program and, most recently, research director in the School of Public Service. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin.

“I look forward to working across the campus and in a wide range of local, state, national, and international communities to elevate our student, staff, and faculty’s impact on pressing social and policy problems,” he said. “I hope that my role will enrich existing collaborations and establish new partnerships.”

An active scholar, Wampler has conducted research in nine countries across five continents, and published five books and over 50 articles and book chapters. He has published in traditional academic research formats and also contributed to public scholarship, advising governments, civil society organizations, and international organizations in more than 10 countries.