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College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

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CLASS Notes, February 14, 2017

Last week at the President’s Leadership Breakfast, Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek revealed the outline of the next academic prioritization process. This process is mandated by the Idaho State Board of Education. How we do it and what we do with the outcomes of the process are up to us. This means that your input and advice are very important. We want to build an academic prioritization process that is transparent and inclusive. We want it to fit our college.

Here’s how you can help and what I would like you to do. Soon, Provost Wiencek will release a video and survey about the basic structure for academic prioritization. I would like everyone to view that video — maybe more than once. Following the release of the video, I have charged your department chairs and directors to lead a discussion about the video and the process that it outlines. I encourage you to have an open and honest discussion. Then, fill out the survey and send your ideas forward. Your voice is vital, and now is the time to engage. Provost Wiencek has tied academic prioritization to the larger work of growing the University of Idaho. It is going to be one of the ways by which we achieve our strategic planning goals.

— Andy

Dean Andy Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean


Please Volunteer for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

The upcoming Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival is celebrating the 50th Anniversary this year with a renewed vision within the School of Music. The festival is in need of approximately 30 staff/volunteers per day to assist with visitors. To help with the success of the program, the President is supporting the opportunity to volunteer for the festival during normal business hours (February 23 and 24) in lieu of other normal work tasks. Please encourage supervisors to let their employees who wish to be involved, do so within the following parameters:

  • With written supervisory approval, the JF staffing work can be done as an alternate assignment typically outlined in position descriptions as a 5% teamwork contribution of “other duties as assigned.” The work is not intended to generate overtime and should instead replace time spent in usual duties. 
  • Individuals can . When employees sign up for a shift, each will be asked to create an account. When registering, they should choose the join code “staff.”
  • If individuals have questions about any of the staffing opportunities or scheduled shifts, please call the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival office directly at 111-5900.

Think Open Fellowship

Faculty are invited to participate in the University of Idaho's , a library initiative to encourage the adoption of open education textbooks and use of materials currently available through the library.

CLASS Research Fellowship

CLASS Research Fellowships are for faculty who hold the rank of associate professor, full professor or university distinguished professor. In 2017, two fellowships for up to $25,000 will be awarded to one faculty member in humanities/performing arts and one faculty member in social sciences. Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Download the application, and see more funding opportunities.

Keely Wright-Ogren Wins National Sound Design Award

Congratulations to Theatre Arts MFA candidate Keely Wright-Ogren, who was selected as the national winner of the 2017 Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award. The award is part of the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology’s (USITT) prestigious Awards for Young Designers and Technicians in the Performing Arts and recognizes Wright-Ogren for her excellence and creative application of sound in the performing arts. As winner of the national sound award, Wright-Ogren receives complimentary registration to the USITT Annual Conference March 8-11 in St. Louis, Missouri, where she will be presented with her award.

Naval ROTC Awards Ceremony

On Feb. 3, 2017, the University of Idaho/Washington State University Naval ROTC Unit held a biannual awards ceremony in Niccolls Hall in recognition of achievements during the 2016 fall semester. Midshipmen were recognized for exceptional academic achievement and physical fitness scores as well as participation in Color Guard events, community service, Toys for Tots, and intramural sports. Midshipman Matthew Hurd was announced as the fall 2016 Battalion Member of the Semester and Midshipman Ty Newman as the January Battalion Member of the Month in recognition of outstanding efforts and achievement within the unit. 

University of Idaho/Washington State University Naval ROTC Unit awards ceremony
University of Idaho/Washington State University Naval ROTC Unit awards ceremony

Adding CLASS to UI’s New Research Building

The interdisciplinary nature of their fields of study make IRIC a perfect fit for many of CLASS’s researchers. From virtual environments to the analysis of physical items recovered during archaeological digs in Boise, CLASS faculty members are among the first tenants in IRIC, conducting research with real-world applications in a variety of fields. Read more.

Benjamin Barton and Russell Jackson
Associate professors Benjamin Barton and Russell Jackson are happy to move into IRIC.

CDIL Selects First Summer Fellowship Cohort

Congratulations to Denise Bennett, Adam Sowards, Matthew Fox-Amato and Kristine Levan for being selected as the first cohort in the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning Summer Fellows program. Read more about opportunities with CDIL.

CLASS in the News

A sampling of the latest stories featuring our CLASS faculty, staff and students:

– February 12, 2017 (Adam Sowards, History)

– February 10, 2017 (Jazz Festival, General Education)

– February 9, 2017 (Jazz Festival)

– February 9, 2017 (Martin Institute)

University lab supports many disciplines, fields of study – February 4, 2017 (Renee Campbell, student, Sociology & Anthropolgy)

– February 3, 2017 (Jennifer Ladino, English)

– February 2, 2017 (Keely Wright-Ogren, student, Theatre)

– February 2, 2017 (World Music Celebration, Music)

– February 2, 2017 (Theatre)

UI launches digital database of WWII internment camp items – February 1, 2017 (Stacey Camp, Sociology & Anthropology)

– February 1, 2017 (Bill Smith, International Studies)

– January 30, 2017 (Kathy Aiken, History)

– January 26, 2017 (Auditorium Chamber Music Series, Music)

– January 22, 2017 (Brian Ellison, Politics & Philosophy)


SDC Showcase

Faculty, staff and the public are invited to see what Theatre Arts directing students are up to at the Student Directors & Choreographers Showcase at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Avenue. Six directing students will showcase the work they are entering into the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Denver, Colorado from Feb. 20-25.

Irene Ryan Showcase

More than a dozen Theatre Arts acting students will perform monologues and scenes at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Forge Theater, as a final rehearsal for the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Denver from Feb. 20 -25. All are invited to attend the free showcase.

Media Critic Jay Rosen

A prominent media critic is calling for news organizations to stop sending top reporters to staged White House briefings where news takes a back seat to attacks on the media. Jay Rosen, author, blogger and journalism professor, will bring that message to the University of Idaho on Thursday, Feb. 16. See the press release.

Free One-Night Performance of Medea

See a a free, one-night-only, encore performance of "Medea: Her Story" at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17, 2017 at the Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow, as preparation for the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), to be held in Denver, Colorado, later in the month. The performance is open to all and is free. Tickets available by calling Theatre Arts at 111-111-6465 or at the door an hour before curtain.

Hemingway Festival

Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award recipient. 2016's winner, Ottessa Moshfegh, will be honored at the the 2017 Hemingway Festival, which will take place in Moscow, Idaho, on March 3 and 4. See details on the Hemingway Festival.

2017 Borah Symposium

April 3-5, “Polarized Cultures in a Globalized World.” See the Borah Symposium website for the schedule.

CLASS All-College Spring Meeting: Save the Date!

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, Pitman Center – Borah Theatre. All CLASS faculty and staff are invited to attend the CLASS All-College Spring Meeting in May. President Staben will be in attendance at this meeting and will give a 30-minute presentation, including an opportunity for Q & A. Please mark your calendars!

Co-Writing Fridays

The Human Community Research Consortium offers faculty dedicated time and space to work on writing projects. See the HCRC page for details.

Academic Dates and Deadlines

Early warning grades due - February 14
Midterm exams - March 6-10
Midterm grades due - March 13
Spring Break - March 13-17
UIdaho Bound #1 - March 25
Fall advising begins - March 27
Deadline to withdraw - March 31
UIdaho Bound #2 - April 1
Fall registration - April 17-21
Dead week - May 1-5
Finals week - May 8-12
Commencement - May 13


College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences