News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 9, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 36

Faculty/Staff Updates

Jason Pretty Boy has been awarded a First Nations Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development Program Fellowship for 2009-10

Jason Pretty Boy

Jason Pretty Boy, an Idaho State University political science student and a coordinator of the ISU College of Business Native American Business Administration (NABA) Program, has been awarded a First Nations Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) Program Fellowship for 2009-10.

“I was surprised I received it, but I am very pleased,” Pretty Boy said. “The program is designed to develop leadership positions in tribes and nonprofit organizations that deal with Native American issues.”

Pretty Boy, a Lakota Sioux tribal member, grew up in the Burley-Declo area and earned a two-year degree in business at the United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota. His work background is varied and he is now also a part-time employee at the KISU radio station and was once the news director there. He is a senior political science student. As a coordinator for NABA, Pretty Boy assists Native American business students to prepare for careers as entrepreneurs, business managers and administrators.

“We are delighted that the First Nations Development Institute has recognized the leadership roles that Jason occupies and the work he has accomplished with our Native American students and educational programming at ISU,” said Stephen Adkison, ISU associated vice president of academic programming. “Jason’s selection as a LEAD Fellow is great honor both for him and for our institution, and we are happy to support his fellowship activities.”

The First Nations Development Institute is funded by a consortium of private foundations as well as contributions from individual supporters including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and American Express. LEAD is an intensive one-year program that brings current Native nonprofit leaders and their organizations together with young Native professionals identified as having the potential to become the next generation of Native nonprofit leaders. Currently, First Nations has LEAD program cohorts based in Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

The LEAD program’s goal is to develop a new pool of nonprofit leaders to meet the needs of the growing Native American nonprofit sector. LEAD Fellows are employed by a nonprofit organization or planning a career in the nonprofit sector, are committed to a career working in Native communities, and are affiliated with a tribe.

The one-year mentorship program will train participants in areas critical to successful nonprofit leaders, including financial management, factors affecting Native or reservation-based nonprofit organizations, fundraising, program evaluation and service leadership.

Pretty Boy is a member of the 2009-10 Seattle LEAD Apprentice Cohort, which has selected the Potlatch Fund to be the host organization for a cohort of five to 10 emerging native professionals who could benefit from mentorship and leadership training. There will be monthly mentoring meeting held at the Potlatch Fund’s office in downtown Seattle and quarterly training sessions to be facilitated by either the Potlatch Fund or the First Nations Development Institute. He will also attend LEAD training events including that annual LEAD Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., Jan. 13-15 and he may have the opportunity to attend the Native Americans in Philanthropy annual conference. This is a yearlong commitment for Pretty Boy that runs through Oct. 31, 2010.

The First Nations Development Institute has its main office in Longmont, Colo., and has a field office in Virginia. For more information on this organization visit

Ali Crane has been honored for exemplary service by the Pacific American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers

Ali Crane, enrollment and student services director at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, has been honored for exemplary service by the Pacific American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers or PACRAO.

Crane was recognized at the 83rd annual PACRAO Conference in Newport Beach, Calif., in early November. PACRAO created the award this year to honor exceptional members who’ve belonged to the organization five years or less.

PACRAO has more than 1,500 members representing approximately 400 institutions from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, the territory of Guam and provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Karen Appleby and Lauralee Zimmerly were honored at the Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention

At the Fall 2009 IAHPERD (Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Convention in Moscow, two Idaho State University professors and one student were recognized for outstanding achievement.

Karen Appleby, PhD was recognized as the Outstanding Collegiate Educator of the Year. Appleby is an assistant professor in the Sport Science and Physical Education Department. Her academic training is in sport psychology, sport management, and cultural studies. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in research and writing, sport psychology, management of athletics, and sport sociology.

Her research interests include gender issues in sport, injury in sport, and the master's athlete population. She currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and as the co-Head of the Diversity Committee for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Appleby has been published in journals and books such as Teaching of Psychology, Women Sport and Physical Journal, Eye on Psi Chi and the Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports.

Lauralee Zimmerly, a dance instructor at ISU, was awarded the Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year. In addition to instructing courses in dance technique, movement theory and dance choreography, Zimmerly is also working towards a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at ISU. She has also been instrumental in the development of DANSON, the ISU student dance company, and I-Move, the faculty dance company.

ISU student Tymeron Turk was named the Outstanding College Student of the Year. Tymeron is currently a senior majoring in Physical Education with a Sports Management emphasis and a minor in Coaching. She has served as the President of the PE student majors club, SHEPERDs for the past two years. She plans to attend graduate school at ISU (Athletic Administration) starting in spring semester 2010.

Terry Bowyer was elected as Director of the Pocatello Zoological Society Board

Biological Sciences Department Chairman Terry Bowyer was elected as Director of the Pocatello Zoological Society Board.

News Bites

The ISU Women’s Club Annual Holiday Fair is set for Nov. 13

The ISU Women’s Club Annual Holiday Fair is set for Friday, Nov. 13 10 a.m. – 5 pm. in the Student Union Ballroom. All proceeds benefit scholarships for ISU students.

More than 30 vendors will have art, pottery, books, outerwear, jewelry and more. Lunch is available as well.

Theatre/Dance ISU presents The Playboy of the Western World, opening Nov. 13

Theatre/Dance ISU presents The Playboy of the Western World, opening Friday, Nov. 13 in the Rogers Black Box Theatre of the L.E. & Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Shows continue Nov. 14, 16, 19, 20 and 21.

The Playboy of the Western World is an intriguing Irish comedy dealing with self and social perception. This story was written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge in 1907.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available now at the Performing Arts Center box office, by phone at ext. 3595 or online at or at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. Prices are: adults $14; children ages 6-12 $8 and ISU students with Bengal card are just $5. Discounts are given for early purchases.

While the play would be rated G or PG were it a film, it is not recommended for small children as its themes and characters are geared to older audiences.

Provost Gary Olson explains faculty workload, other campus issues

In a recent letter to faculty, Provost Gary Olson said he hoped to clear up some misconceptions and inaccuracies circulating around campus.

Here are excerpts from the letter:

Faculty Workload Policy

“First, there still seems to be some misunderstanding about the faculty workload policy. Apparently, some faculty believe or are being told that the policy was implemented in order to increase everyone's course load. This could not be further from the truth. As we increasingly become more of a doctoral research university, we will need to move away from a model where everybody has the identical course load (3/3, for example) toward a variable course load, where very research-productive faculty may have a light load (Ill or 1/2, for example), while non-research-productive faculty may have a heavier load (3/4 or even 4/4, for example).

“This is how research universities generally work. Faculty who are winning major federal grants or publishing groundbreaking scholarship or creative works are afforded the time to continue to be as productive. The revised faculty workload policy attempts to facilitate this movement.

“Let me give you some facts about the policy . The newly revised policy is not substantially different from the one that was first implemented in November 1993. For example, the original policy stipulated 15 workload units, as does the current version.

“In 2005, the policy was revised to address concerns expressed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities regarding workload expectations for additional faculty appointment types other than tenured and tenure-track (i.e., clinical faculty, research faculty, adjunct faculty). This revision provided clarifying changes, but the original definitions of faculty workload approved by faculty vote in 1993 were unchanged.

“In November 2008, at President Vailas' direction, a revised faculty workload policy draft, which included further clarification of the expected average workload distribution patterns for faculty with various types of appointments (i.e., tenured/tenure track, clinical, research, lecturers), was forwarded to the Faculty Senate, department chairs, and faculty from the Deans' Council for review and comment. The revisions did not alter the workload expectation of 15 units of effort. The revised policy draft, however, did include more flexibility in allocation of those units of effort among the three categories of faculty work-instruction, research/scholarship, and service-to reflect the increased research focus of the institution and the increased expectation of research/scholarly productivity for the core faculty.

“Specifically, the suggested (not mandated) distribution of the original was 9/3/3 (9 units for teaching and 3 each for service and teaching), while the suggested (not mandated) distribution of the revised policy was 9 units for teaching, 4 or 5 for research, and I or 2 for service. In May of 2009, the Faculty Senate voted for proposed edits to the November 2008 draft. The Senate's draft was reviewed by the Deans' Council, Provost, and President. Some of the Senate' s edits were accepted and some were not. (I'll note that shared governance means that all constituents have an opportunity to provide input, not that the proposed edits were required to be accepted.) The final draft of the Faculty Workload Policy was approved by the President, and is now the official faculty workload policy of the University. I should note, as well, that all policies are subject to change, and any faculty or senators can initiate a process to recommend changes.

“The changes made to the 2005 workload policy were not substantial and in no way altered the requirement of 15 workload units of effort for all full-time faculty, regardless of type of appointments. The "average" of nine units of instruction for faculty in the aggregate remains; however, for faculty members who are actively engaged in substantial research/creative activity, additional units of effort may be allocated to this activity, with a concomitant reduction in units of effort assigned to instruction and service. This also implies, of course, that faculty who are no longer engaged in substantial research/creative activity may be assigned additional units of effort in instruction to fulfill the IS units of effort requirement.

The key Senate-proposed edits that were not accepted are the following:

  1. The proposed Senate version would have stipulated that tenured and tenure-track faculty would be assigned no more than nine workload units of instruction. This suggested change was not accepted because it eliminated the whole reason for revising the policy in the first place, maintaining a flattened out course load across the board rather than providing the flexibility for variable course load.
  2. The proposed Senate version would have stipulated that instructors/lecturers and professional-technical faculty would have up to 12 assigned units in instruction rather than 15. This change was not accepted because it also reduces a department's flexibility to assign full instructional loads.
  3. The proposed Senate version changed the word "assigned" to "negotiate," as in "the department chair will assign .. . " versus "the faculty member will negotiate.... " This suggested change was not accepted because it is factually inaccurate: department chairs are responsible for assigning work load (yes, after consultation with the faculty member, and even sometimes after some negotiation, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the chair).

“... I am providing you on the Academic Affairs website a full summary of these unacceptable changes as well as a complete timeline of the faculty workload policy over its entire history.

“I should point out another important fact that has gone unnoticed by some: this is an umbrella policy. It only establishes the general framework for how actual workloads get distributed. Each department has been charged with devising its own set of procedures for establishing how it will assign course load given the uniqueness of its disciplinary area. Much more important and consequential than this overarching university-wide policy is the actual set of procedures that you help devise within your department. It is these departmental procedures, articulated by the departmental faculty (and subject to approval by the dean), that actually govern how the broader university policy will be implemented for faculty in a given department or program. The suggestions for weighting and distribution in the university policy are only examples and meant to offer starting points for discussion at the department and college levels and should help to ensure some base level of consistency across departments and colleges. Again, the discipline-specific considerations articulated by the departmental faculty will govern the actual implementation of the workload policy at the departmental level.

Graduate Students and Full-Time Temporary Faculty

As you know, during the budget givebacks of last year, each department was charged with determining how it would respond to the state-mandated cuts. Many opted to return vacant faculty lines or to "nonreappoint" full-time temporary faculty (lecturers and instructors). This process (along with the nonnal process of nonreappointing that occurs each year as departments assess their priorities) resulted in 43 nonreappointments of full-time temporary faculty. These were decisions that departments and colleges made. Contrary to what you might have heard, there is no master plan of the administration to eliminate all such lines and replace them with graduate students.

“It is certainly true that I have said publicly on a number of occasions that as a doctoral institution, ISU has had an unusually high proportion of full-time temporary faculty and an unusually low number of graduate assistants--especially doctoral students- but there is no grand plan to trade one for the other. While I would like to see this imbalance corrected, such decisions are generally made at the departmental level.

Program Closures

“At no time has the administration mandated or devised a plan for closing academic programs.

“Closing an academic program provides no short-term savings, so it is not an effective response to budget givebacks (which must be provided immediately). That being said, we have initiated discussions among chairs and deans to examine their programs and to assess whether some are performing so poorly that this might be a good time to consider closing them. In fact, the data demonstrate that a number of our programs have graduated only a handful of students over the last seven years, and some as few as zero! This process of continually examining the progress of your programs is a standard procedure in any healthy institution. Here's why. Each department must attend to its commitments before it can ever think about providing course releases for increased research or for administrative posts. That is, it has an obligation to offer its gen-ed courses (if applicable) and the courses in its majors and other programs before it can have the flexibility to do other things. If a department has created too many commitments for itself, it may find itself in the position of having no such flexibility. This is the case with many of our departments; they have created countless commitments over the years without trimming out those programs that are no longer a priority. We have asked department chairs to hold discussions with faculty to make sure a department wishes to continue with its present level of commitments or whether some strategic trimming might not be in order.

College of Engineering

“Some have stated that the administration has a plan to close the College of Engineering. In fact, I was distressed to learn that certain individuals have been saying this to students. The facts are these: in last year's budget process, the Special Budget Consultation Planning Committee was concerned that the College of Engineering had no options for meeting the state-mandated reductions and recommended that the institution conduct both an external and internal review of the college. The President accepted this recommendation and directed the Office of Academic Affairs to initiate both processes. I am delighted to report that the external review is now complete. We have seen a preliminary report and are awaiting the final version. The reviewers were impressed with many aspects of the college and provided a number of recommendations for strengthening the college. Far from seeking to close the college, we are seeking to strengthen it and increase its viability, especially given the central role that energy studies plays in our strategic mission.

Looming Budget Cuts

“As you know, both President Vailas and I have repeatedly stated in numerous public forums that our priorities in approaching the present and upcoming budget givebacks remain the same: to protect student enrollment and student services, to protect core faculty and programs, and to protect faculty salaries (that is, no furloughs or across-the-board salary cuts). We stand by these priorities, and we believe that barring some scenario that is much more dire than anyone expects, we are certain that we can continue moving forward with these priorities. Our strategy has been to trim administrative costs and to suggest organizational efficiencies that will result in cost savings while preserving jobs.

The Cosmetology program will be offering complimentary haircuts for all veterans and military personnel on Nov. 12

The Idaho State University Cosmetology program will be offering complimentary haircuts for all veterans and military personnel on Thursday, Nov.12 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walk-in appointments will be accepted or you may schedule an appointment by contacting the Cosmetology program at ext. 2866. The Cosmetology Center is located at the ISU College of Technology, Roy F. Christensen Building.

“Between the Folds” is showing at the Bengal Theater in the Pond Student Union Nov. 10

“Between the Folds,” a film about finding inspiration in unexpected places, is showing at the Bengal Theater in the Pond Student Union Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. The show is free to the public, and free popcorn and soda will be available.

Blurring the mysterious lines between art, science, sculpture and math, the film is an adventure into origami, or paper folding, featuring works of art whose emotional expressiveness and engineering complexity defy logic.

Kathy Hodges will present a history of Mexican American culture in Idaho on Nov. 12

Kathy Hodges of the Idaho Humanities Council will present a history of Mexican American culture in Idaho Thursday, Nov. 12, noon, in the Wood River room at the Pond Student Union.

The lecture, “Promoting Technology and Engineering Education in Developing Countries, on Friday, Nov. 13, has been cancelled

The lecture, “Promoting Technology and Engineering Education in Developing Countries, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, has been cancelled. The lecture was part of the ISU Reading Project lecture series.

Film screening and community discussion with filmmaker, Gwen Haworth

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center, The Cultural Affairs Council, ISU Psychology Department, Genesis Project and the Idaho Humanities Council announce a film screening and community discussion with filmmaker, Gwen Haworth. Haworth is a transgender filmmaker, editor, and instructor. The screening of her award winning film, "She's A Boy I Knew" begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in the College of Education auditorium.

The auto-ethnography is not only an exploration into the filmmaker's process of transition from biological male to female, from Steven to Gwen, but also an emotionally charged account of the individual experiences, struggles, and stakes that her two sisters, mother, father, best friend and wife brought to Gwen's transition. Under Haworth's sensitive eye, each stepping stone in the process of transitioning becomes an opportunity to explore her community's and our own underlying assumptions about gender and sexuality.

The film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker about trans representation in cinema. For more information, or to view a trailer of the film please visit:

Faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited to Research Day on April 9

ISU faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited to Research Day at the Kasiska College of Health Professions scheduled for April 9. The theme is “Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together.” Abstract submissions will be accepted soon.