Volume 43 | Number 2 | Fall 2013

2013 Distinguished Faculty Award Winners

Fall 2013 Issue | By Andrew Taylor

Three Idaho State University faculty members were honored as Distinguished Faculty at an awards ceremony in April and were honored at ISU commencement on May 11.

They are Donna Lybecker, associate professor political science, Distinguished Teacher; Scott Anderson, professor of music, Distinguished Service Award; and Bruce Finney, professor of biological sciences, Distinguished Researcher.

Donna Lybecker
Distinguished Teacher

Lybecker is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and environmental politics. At ISU, Lybecker has advised the International Affairs Council (2007-2012), served as a founding member of the Sustainability Committee, and serves as political science graduate advisor. She is an associate editor for the Social Science Journal and the International Journal for Sustainable Society.

Lybecker earned her Ph.D. in political science at Colorado State University, a master's degree in political science at Tulane University, and a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College. She was named ASISU Advisor of the Year in 2009, ASISU Teacher of the Year in 2010, and a Master Teacher in 2011.

Scott Anderson
Distinguished Public Service

Anderson is a professor of music and has been the director of choral activities in the Department of Music since 1992.

Anderson is co-founder, and serves as the artistic director of the Idaho International Choral Festival, where choirs from around the world come to Pocatello for a week of workshops, rehearsals and performances. The seventh festival was held in July on the ISU campus.

Over the past 15 years, Anderson has led the ISU Chamber Choir or the Camerata Singers on 11 concert tours to more than 20 countries.

Anderson regularly offers clinic sessions to visiting high school and junior high school choral groups, and visits public school programs around the southeastern Idaho region.

Bruce Finney
Distinguished Researcher

Finney is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, with a joint appointment in geosciences. He is particularly well known for his research on the effects of climate change on Pacific salmon populations. More than 100 of Finney's publications have been featured in peer-reviewed journals, 40 of which have been published since his arrival at ISU in 2007.

His publications have been cited more than 5,000 times in peer-reviewed literature.

Finney serves as assistant director for the Center of Archaeological Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), and is the director of the Stable Isotope Laboratory of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Elemental and Isotopic Analysis. Finney's research funding has totaled more than $7 million, much of which has come from a series of competitive grants from the National Science Foundation.