College of Arts and Sciences
Clements to Deliver Fall Lecture
photo of M. A. (Ken) Clements

M. A. (Ken) Clements

Dr. M.A. (Ken) Clements, Professor of Mathematics, will deliver the annual College of Arts and Sciences Fall Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. His talk, “The Unlikely and Eclectic History of School Mathematics in North America,” is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. In his talk, Dr. Clements will focus on his journey into the history of North American education, and, in particular, into the history of U.S. school mathematics.

Clements has authored or edited 32 books and over 200 research papers which have appeared in refereed outlets. At ISU, he and his wife, Dr. Nerida Ellerton, have recently authored four books on the history of school mathematics, and these have been published by Springer International (New York). During recent years Nerida and Ken have become known for their discovery of an early Abraham Lincoln manuscript.

During his career, Professor Clements has held tenured appointments at five different universities located in three nations. He has given keynote addresses in many parts of the world, and in his native Australia is best known for his work in Asia—especially in India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam. The College invites all members of the University and Bloomington-Normal communities to attend what promises to be an enlightening and informative lecture.

News from the College

Shaw Fellowship Winners Announced
photo of Rebekka Darner Gougis and Noha Shawki

Rebekka Darner Gougis and Noha Shawki

Dr. Rebekka Darner Gougis, School of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Noha Shawki, Department of Politics and Government, are the recipients of the 2015 Shaw Fellowships. Established by Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw to support awards for teaching excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences, these awards facilitate the continuing development of the recipients’ outstanding teaching. “The College of Arts and Sciences is grateful to the Shaws for making it possible for gifted professors to reach new levels of excellence,” said Dean Simpson. “These innovative professors, as well as their many students, will certainly benefit from the Shaws’ vision and generosity.”


Historian to Speak on Lincoln, Black Union Soldiers During the Civil War
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John David Smith

Historian John David Smith, author of Soldiering for Freedom, will talk about Abraham Lincoln’s goals for African American recruits into the Union army during the Civil War at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

The talk, titled “Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Black Union Troops,” is sponsored by the Harold K. Sage Foundation, the Illinois State University Foundation Fund, and the Department of History. The event is free and open to the public. (more…)

2015 Bone Scholars Announced
photo of 2015 Bone Scholars with Dean Simpson. Not pictured: Katelyn Genenbacher

2015 Bone Scholars with Dean Simpson. Not pictured: Katelyn Genenbacher

Nine students with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences are among fourteen students named 2015-2016 Bone Scholars at ISU. They are Caleb Augspurger (Mathematics), Sarah Caputo (Psychology), Maureen Christensen (Broadcast Journalism, Marketing), Katelyn Genenbacher (Molecular and Cellular Biology), Emilee Green (Psychology), Connor Joyce (Management, Psychology), Elora Karim (English, Spanish), Jonathon Malone (Management, Economics), and Samantha Norris (Physics, Mathematics). The students were celebrated at a luncheon on Sunday attended by their families, President Dietz, Provost Krejci, Dean Simpson, and Mr. Chip Bone, as well as a number of other guests.


New Faculty Profile: Joe Amato
Joe Amato

Joe Amato

Dr. Joe Amato joins the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of English. He received a D.A. and M.A. in English from the University at Albany; a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics from Syracuse University. Since 2003, Amato has taught courses in the Department of English at ISU. Previously, he served as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. (more…)

More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

Oct. 5 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “A Little Bit of So Much Truth,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Oct. 6 –  Department of Physics Colloquium, Prof. Greg Engel, University of Chicago, “Exploring Design Principles of Quantum Dynamics in Biological Light Harvesting Systems,” Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to each colloquium in the adjoining hallway or in the room.

Oct. 7 – ISU Writing Program, “Portfolios and Reflection: Strategies for Engaging Students,” Dr. Kathleen Yancey, Room 133, Stevenson Hall, 11 a.m.  Lunch will be provided for workshop participants. Please register in advance with David Giovagnoli at

Oct. 7 – Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government, “Immigration Rights and US Immigration Policy Panel,” Jaime Escalante Room, Vrooman Center, 6:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Oct. 7 – ISU Writing Program, “The Transfer of Writing Knowledge and Practice: What We Know, What We’re Learning,” Dr. Kathleen Yancey, Florida State University, Room 101, Stevenson Hall, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Oct. 8 – Women’s and Gender Studies, “Negotiating Marriage and Polyamory in Queer Mexico City.” First in a series of three “Queer Talks.” Anahi Russo-Garrido, Metropolitan State University of Denver, will host a skype talk and Q&A. Room 107, Vrooman Center, noon – 1 p.m.  Pizza will be provided.

Oct. 8 – Department of History/ISU Speaker Series, Prof. John David Smith, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, “Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and Black Troops,” Prairie Room, Bone Student Center, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Oct. 9 – Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Prof. Ron Mallon, Washington University, “Minimal Identities, Social Intuitionism, and the Robustness of Social Kinds,” Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.