Dr. Les Alm has agreed to serve as the SPS Faculty Director this spring and again next spring. Dr. Alm has been with Boise State University since 1991. During that time, he has served as the Department Chair for both the Political Science and Public Policy and Administration Departments, as well as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. As a prolific scholar, he has published over forty-four peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters. In 2011, Dr. Alm’s contributions to the field and to the university were recognized when he received Boise State’s Distinguished Professor Award. His primary research interests are environmental policy with attention to the science-policy linkage, the United States-Canada relationship and borderlands issue. Dr. Alm received the unanimous support of program leads/chair as being a great fit for this role over the next couple years. During the current evaluation cycle (and next year’s cycle), Dr. Alm will play an important role with other faculty and program leads. Dr. Alm will work collaboratively with faculty to ensure consistency and equity in our School-wide processes, including faculty goal formation, assigned workload, and evaluation. Congratulations Dr. Les Alm!