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New division chairs at LCSC

Four new division chairs have assumed their duties at Lewis-Clark State College effective July 1.

Martin Gibbs is the new Chair of the Humanities Division, replacing Dr. Okey Goode who had been serving as interim chair and has returned to fulltime teaching in Humanities. Gibbs holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Spanish & Latin American Literature from Brigham Young University. He also completed further graduate work in Latin American Literature and History at the University of California-Irvine. Gibbs spent considerable time living, traveling, and researching in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Guatemala. His areas of research interest are Pre-Columbian, Colonial and Cold War Literatures of Latin America. Prior to coming to LCSC, Gibbs taught all levels of Spanish language, culture, literature, & history courses at a variety of institutions, including Brigham Young University, the University of California-Irvine, Chapman University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce where he also served as the Spanish Program Director. Since 2008, he has been an Assistant Professor of Spanish at LCSC. He teaches all levels of Spanish, has been actively involved in the Spanish Club as the co-advisor, serves as the faculty advisor to the Latter-Day Saint Student Association, and is director of the Spanish Language Lab. He has served on numerous Division and College committees, including his current assignment with the College Petition Committee.

Dr. Heather Henson-Ramsey DVM Ph.D. has been a faculty member at Lewis-Clark State College in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (DONSAM) since 2007 and is taking on a new role serving the college as division chair of DONSAM. She received her DVM from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1999 and then practiced wildlife and small animal medicine in Florida for several years. She completed her Ph.D. in toxicology and epidemiology from NCSU in 2007 while serving as adjunct faculty at Carteret Community College. Her primary teaching responsibilities at LCSC include anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology, and upper division courses in her specialties. She has served on college-wide committees including Curriculum and Faculty Development, has chaired search committees within DONSAM, and is the current president of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Her recent research has involved investigating the effects of pharmaceuticals, in particular, antihistamines, on aquatic organisms. Henson-Ramsey has been named as an ASLCSC Favorite Professor and she was awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013. Henson-Ramsey replaces Dr. Matthew Johnston, former Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, who has returned to fulltime teaching in the division.

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Riggs is a Professor of History who is now chairing the Division of Social Sciences. He came to LCSC in 2001 after earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has taught courses on a variety of topics, including 20th century America, America in the 1960s, Native American history, the Vietnam War, and United States foreign policy. He served as the Coordinator of the Social Sciences Major Program (consisting of anthropology, history, political science, and sociology) and chaired LCSC's Diversity Commission for five years. He is currently a member of the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that fosters greater public knowledge of the humanities in Idaho. His research interests include Native American history and United States Indian policy. He was presented with the President's Award for Excellence in Diversity and Cross-Cultural Understanding in 2013. Riggs replaces Dr. Bill Clouser, former Chair of Social Sciences, who will serve as Interim Chair of the Business Division in 2013-14 and as Director of Social Work.

Dr. Mary Lou Robinson, PhD, RN has accepted the position of Interim Chair of Nursing and Health Sciences, replacing Dr. Lori Stinson who is serving as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Robinson has been a faculty member at Lewis-Clark State College in the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences (NHS) since 1994. She received her BSN from Brigham Young University in 1982, MSN from Idaho State University in 1985, and PhD from the University of Idaho in 2002. Her primary teaching responsibilities at LCSC include teaching medical/surgical courses. She has served as the Assessment Director for the NHS Division for the past several years. In 1998 she was elected by the LCSC Faculty Association to serve as the Faculty Chair for the 1999/2000 academic year. She and her husband Clay have published several research articles on bone health assessment. One of the honors she immensely enjoyed was serving as an “Honorary Coach” for the LCSC women’s volleyball team. She was awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1995 and 1998 and the LCSC Foundation Award in 2007.