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Kandi J. Turley-Ames, Ph.D.

Host of ISU Impact: Engaging With The College of Arts and Letters

Kandi Turley-Ames began her journey at Idaho State University by graduating from ISU with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1990 and a Master of Science in Psychology in 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Washington State University in 1996. She is a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Service for women in higher education administration. Her academic area of expertise includes memory and cognition. She has published numerous papers with colleagues and students on how strategies impact memory and higher cognitive abilities.

Dean Turley-Ames has been a faculty member of the Department of Psychology since 1997 and has subsequently served the University in numerous leadership positions. She was appointed Chairperson of Psychology from 2003-2009. She served as the Interim Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007-2008 and as Associate Vice President in Academic Affairs in 2009-2010. Currently, she is the Founding Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Vice Provost for Advanced Opportunities, and Professor of Psychology.

Dean Turley-Ames was acknowledged as a Master Teacher at ISU in 2001-2002 and 2005-2006. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2006-2007. In 2007-2008 she was nominated for the US Professor of the Year. Many of her undergraduate and graduate students have earned their doctorates and contribute significantly to the study of memory and cognitive processes.

Dean Turley-Ames is passionate about student learning, engaging in collaborative research with students at all levels, and now, most importantly, the growth and success of the College of Arts and Letters.

  • Summer Theater is back! Thanks to a generous donation from Farm Bureau Insurance, the community can look forward to the return of this beloved community program.
  • In this episode, hear about how local research directly impacts our Southeast Idaho communities. Dr. Liz Cartwright, Professor of Anthropology, joins Dean Kandi Turley-Ames to discuss the Communivax Project, a joint effort between Idaho State University researchers and John Hopkins University.
  • In this episode, John Young, Assistant Lecturer in the Communication, Media, and Persuasion department, joins Kandi Turley-Ames to discuss how a new partnership between the NCAA Big Sky conference and ESPN provides students interested in communication and media hands-on experience in broadcasting.
  • In this episode Cathleen Tarp, Associate Professor of Spanish, joins Kandi Turley-Ames to discuss the impact the new Master of Arts Spanish program makes on Idaho students and students across the country because of its accessibility as one of the only fully online programs in the country.
  • In this episode, Holly Kartchner joins Dean Kandi Turley-Ames to discuss the success of the Road Scholarship program. The program has grown over the last few years, starting with offering support for a single student to supporting over 90 students from the surrounding area this year. Later in the episode, Jacob Harris, a Sociology graduate student and a former Marsh Valley High School graduate, shares how the Road Scholarship has helped him continue his education at ISU and exceed even his own expectations.
  • Jim DiSanza and Elisa Johnson join Kandi Turley-Ames to discuss the design and delivery of ROAR 1199, a 3-credit course to help first-year college students adapt to their new learning and living environment. Later in the show Luna Urso, a new ISU freshman from Serbia and a member of the ISU women’s tennis team, shares how the course has helped her develop the skills she needed to be successful at ISU.
  • Jonathan Armstrong, the driving force behind ISU’s new commercial music program, joins Dean Kandi Turley-Ames to talk about this exciting new degree option for students. Discussion will include how the commercial music program was developed and how this program is positively impacting the lives and futures of our music students. We will also hear from Joseph Emmanuel, a student participating in this new program.