New Scholarship Fund Established in Memory of Steve Patrick
A new scholarship fund has been established honoring Steven Patrick, the beloved sociology professor who died earlier this month.
The Steve Patrick Memorial Endowed Scholarship will provide general support to students. Make donations to the fund through the Boise State University Foundation.
Dr. Patrick, professor and chair in the Department of Sociology, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, at the age of 52. He had taught at Boise State since 1991.
“Dr. Patrick was dedicated to his students and to the university,” said Melissa Lavitt, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. “He worked hard to create a collegial and productive environment for faculty and students in the department. The college will miss him deeply.”
Dr. Patrick received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Riverside, where he specialized in social psychology and formal organizations. In addition to his work in organizational control and computer simulation, he pursued work in criminology, studying juvenile diversion programs, drug courts, inequality in juvenile corrections, and a long-term study of abused children.
“Steve will be remembered as incredibly hardworking, dedicated to his students and colleagues, jovial beyond compare and generous to a fault,” said sociology professor Martin Orr. “He will be missed.”
New Faculty Join SSPA
The College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs welcomes new faculty:
David Adler, Director of the Andrus Center
Dr. Adler received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. His research focuses on a variety of constitutional and governance issues.
Michael Allen, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Allen received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University. His research examines alliance formation, economic cooperation, and conflict between states and non-states. His work examines when the weakest actors are able to achieve success unexpectedly.
Tad Conner, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Conner received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He is interested in questions concerning public management and collaborative governance, with a particular focus on the role of tribes in the intergovernmental relations framework.
Royce Hutson, Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Hutson received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has conducted and published several studies on the effects of war/armed conflict on non-combatants, with an eye towards post-conflict redevelopment.
Laura King, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. King received her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on interpersonal violence and victimization, as well as gender and crime.
Eric Lindquist, Director of Public Policy Center
Dr. Lindquist received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and his research interests include agenda setting in policy and political decision making across multiple substantive policy domains including transportation, science and technology policy, and climate change and environmental issues.
Raymond Mullenax, LCSW Field Director
Mr. Mullenax received his MSW from Boise State University. He manages the field program for Boise State University’s School of Social Work. He also teaches MSW Seminars and serves as a field liaison for social work students doing their field internships.
Joelle Powers, Associate Professor/MSW Coordinator
Dr. Powers received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on empirically supported interventions in schools for at risk youth, child mental health promotion, and community engaged research focused on improving and increasing school based mental health services for vulnerable families.
Charlene Taylor-Kindrick, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Taylor-Kindrick received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Her research examines juvenile delinquency and corrections, correctional rehabilitation, gender issues in corrections, and evaluation of correctional programming.
Justin Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Vaughn received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His major field is the American Presidency with a minor emphasis in political rhetoric.
Jaap Vos, Director and Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning
Dr. Vos received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on Environmental planning and the relationship between land use/land use regulations and environmental quality.
Emily Wakild, Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Wakild received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her areas of expertise include social and cultural history and the relationship between people and their habitats across time and space.
David Walker, Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Walker received his Ph.D. from The George Washington University. He teaches classes in military and diplomatic history, specializing in US military history, World War II, the history of firearms and tactics, and the history of US foreign relations as well as international terrorism.
Jennifer Weaver, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Weaver earned her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of California. Her research explores parenting and the family’s role in children’s social development. She is interested in how risks in a child’s environment may alter their developmental trajectories over time, such as parental mental health problems or inadequate parenting.
Celebrating the New Department of Community & Regional Planning
Please join us for an evening
celebrating the students, community partners, and university supporters
of the recently established
Department of Community and Regional Planning
of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs
Thursday, May 10th
Center on Main, 1020 Main Street, Boise, 83702
5:00pm – Meet & Greet
5:30pm – Welcome
5:40pm – Sumner Sharpe, FAICP, Planner-in-Practice
6:00pm – Community Research
6:30pm – Student Presentations
Please RSVP by May 1:
Amanda Johnson – email@example.com – 208.426.2605
View the Event Flyer
Department of Community & Regional Planning
Iran & America at a Time of Crises
Dr. Oliver Bast discusses Iran’s foreign policy-makers and the United States in the wake of World War I.
Monday, April 23
SUB LOOKOUT ROOM
View the Event Flyer
Dr. Oliver Bast is an Associate Professor in Middle Eastern History and Persian at the University of
Manchester. He read History and Persian in Berlin, Tehran, Paris, and Bamberg and is currently Visiting Fellow in Iranian Studies at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He researches diplomatic and political history of Modern Iran and the interface between historiography, politics and cultural memory.
View Dr. Bast’s Abstract & Bio
Free and open to the public.
Presented by the BSU History Department.
For more info contact 426-1255
Urban West Revisited — Book Signing
Urban West Revisited: Governing Cities in Uncertain Times is a revision of an acclaimed 1990s study, updated and colorfully illustrated with more than 200 photos and graphics. The softbound volume sells for $29.95 at sspa.boisestate.edu/publications/.
The book also will be available for purchase at the Center on Main, 1020 W. Main St. in Boise, from 5:30-8 p.m. on First Thursday, April 5. The event, titled “A Celebration of Cities,” will feature a book signing by authors Stephanie Witt, professor of public policy and administration, and James Weatherby, emeritus associate professor of public policy, as well as free trolley tours of the Mercantile District led by historian Jacey Brain. Tours depart from the center at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Participants will receive a book, a tour and a colorful tour brochure in exchange for a $25 donation to the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.
C-SPAN taping of Scott Farris’s presentation on How Losing Presidential Campaigns Have Shaped the 2012 Election
The Political Science Alumni Association of Boise State University invites you to a very special event!
Be a member of the live audience for the C-SPAN taping of author Scott Farris’s presentation on:
How Losing Presidential Campaigns have Shaped the 2012 Election –
How the 2012 Losing Campaign may Shape Politics in the Future.
When: Monday, March 19th, 6-8pm
What: An Evening with author Scott Farris, “Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation.”
Where: Rediscovered Books and the Grape Escape.
6pm – Rediscovered Books (180 N. 8th St., Boise) – join us for Mr. Farris’s formal presentation which will be taped for C-SPAN’s Book TV program.
7pm – The Grape Escape (800 W. Idaho St., Boise) – join with other Political Science Alumni Association members and Mr. Farris for some social time and book signing opportunities.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending by Thursday, March 15th.
New Directions in Family Health in Idaho
A mini-conference titled “New Directions in Family Health in Idaho” will take place on Friday, March 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building. The conference will consist of 14 brief research presentations on a variety of health topics from BSU
faculty and Service providers from community organizations.
756 SSPA Students on Dean’s List
The Fall 2011 Dean’s List for the College of Social Sciences & Public Affairs is now posted on the Dean’s List page.
A total of 756 students are on the list from across all the departments within the college.
Do Undocumented Students Hinder Student Performance?
Dr. Gregory Hill, assistant professor and Chair of Public Policy & Administration, recently co-published “Managing Undocumented Students: Do Undocumented Students Hinder Student Performance?” with Daniel P. Hawes.
Illegal immigration is a salient topic for policy makers and for local units of government who are responsible for implementing policies. One particularly relevant policy topic is to what extent undocumented students affect performance in public schools, and if undocumented students do have an impact on performance, what can be done about it? Using Texas as a case study, this analysis finds that, surprisingly, undocumented students have only a marginal effect on the overall performance on standardized exams. Among Latinos, however, there is a statistically negative effect. Furthermore, evidence suggests that managerial skills can mitigate those negative effects.
Read the Paper
View Homelessness Data on Interactive Charts
Using Tableau Software, the Public Policy Center has begun creating visual and interactive charts to help you see data at a glance…
Homelessness in Idaho, the first chart, identifies varies factors:
- Where are the Homeless?
- Causes and Antecedents
By clicking on the tab for each of the factors, you will see a different chart. Within each chart, you can direct the results to highlight different components.