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Boise State Welcomes New Faculty, Staff to Campus

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 8:54 am / September 13, 2017

This fall, Boise State has welcomed more than 50 new faculty and staff members. Each year, Albertsons Library creates a gallery of new faculty, complete with bios and photos. The library’s gallery for the 2017-18 school year is available here.

If you are a new faculty member and your bio is not listed on this page, please email Below, you’ll find a small sample of new people you’ll meet on campus; when you see them, be sure to say hello.

Portrait of Vicki StiehaVicki Stieha earned a master’s degree in teaching secondary English from Xavier University and a doctorate in educational studies from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the OPWL department, Stieha was the founding director of Boise State’s Foundational Studies program and served as a faculty associate in Institutional Research in support of the university’s program assessment reporting efforts. In addition to teaching in OPWL, Stieha is coordinating the College of Engineering’s new bachelor of science degree in engineering.

Portrait of JennyJenny G. Alderden is currently an assistant professor with the Department of Nursing. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah’s College of Nursing, focusing on pressure-injury risk among critical-care patients, and has a master of nursing from the University of Washington as an advanced practice specialist. Alderden is a certified as both a critical care nurse specialist and a critical care registered nurse.

Sven C. BuerkiSven C. Buerki is an assistant professor with the Department of Biological Sciences specializing in evolutionary biology. He received his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology as well as his M.S. in behavior, ecology and evolution with high distinction, both from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Buerki’s professional experience includes working as a researcher with the Natural History Museum in the UK and as a post-doctoral fellow for both the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, UK, and the Real Jardin Botanico in Madrid, Spain. His research interests focus on understanding basic principles underpinning biological diversity and its conservation. Buerki is currently a member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.

Portrait of Lee.Jacqueline G. Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received both her Ph.D. and M.A. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a J.D. with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma. Lee’s research focus includes courts and sentencing and criminal justice policy, and she has a firm belief that criminal justice research is greatly enhanced by working with and forming partnerships with court actors and practitioners. Her published work focuses on racial issues, including the relationship between race and capital punishment and the impact of sentencing guidelines on racial disparity.

Portrait of Eddy LiEddy Yongjia Li is an assistant professor with the Department of Finance. He received his Ph.D. in finance and M.B.A. with a concentration in finance both from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He taught courses in financial markets, financial institutions and financial modeling at the University of Arkansas. Li’s research interests are in the areas of hedge funds and corporate risk management. His current projects include hedge fund return attribution, hedge fund return replication and corporate derivative hedging. Before joining academia, Li was a hedge fund analyst in Dallas, Texas, and a trading system consultant for financial institutions in Shanghai, China.

Portrait of PeacockRebeca Peacock is an assistant professor and librarian with the Albertsons Library specializing in instructional design. She received her M.Ed. in instructional technology from Wayne State University and her M.S. in library and information science from Syracuse University. Peacock’s previous professional experience as an instructional design librarian for Wayne State University provided her with the opportunity to work on needs assessments and training initiatives. Her background provides her with the ability to help faculty understand educational theories, pedagogies and applications in higher education as well as the ability to teach them emerging technologies, aside from just the general course management software found on most campuses.