Finstuen currently is director of Pacific Lutheran University’s International Honors Program and assistant professor of American church history in its Department of Religion. He will join Boise State over the summer.
“Dr. Finstuen’s vision for the Honors College, along with his experience and success with the multi-faceted demands of leading an honors college, truly set him apart from the many excellent candidates for this position,” said Sharon McGuire, Boise State vice provost for undergraduate studies. “He has proven experience building a quality program able to recruit and retain top students, the ability to develop a strong honors college curriculum, working closely with faculty members across many disciplines, and strategic fundraising experience – all key elements of this important job at Boise State.”
Finstuen has a doctorate in American history from Boston College with a focus on the history of American Christianity. Before assuming his current role at Pacific Lutheran, he served as interim assistant director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College and as a post-doctoral Lilly Fellow in the Humanities and History in the honors college at Valparaiso University in Indiana.
The Honors College offers talented, highly motivated students the personalized attention of a small liberal arts school while drawing upon the resources of a metropolitan research university. Open to majors from all academic disciplines, the mission of the college is to provide students with exceptional opportunities normally found only at expensive private institutions.
Finstuen succeeds Craig Hemmens as director of the Honors College. Hemmens will be on sabbatical in the fall to work on a manuscript and return full time to his position as a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.