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Arts & Sciences

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Dr. Tony Roark, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

“The Living and Learning Community Residential College for the College of Arts and Sciences is a microcosm of the College itself, where students represent an incredible diversity of disciplinary expertise.  This very diversity forms the core of a liberal arts education, and residents benefit hugely from the synergy that emerges from their collective talents and interests.  With the support and guidance of the faculty member in residence, the result is a multiplying factor for student success.”

                                                                 – Dr. Tony Roark, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences  

What is the Arts & Sciences Residential College (ASRC)?

This is a Living-Learning Program that combines coursework with real-world experiences and life choices. The Arts and Sciences Residential College is dedicated to a broad definition of education and encourages individuals of all interests and backgrounds to become a part of the community. This experience will challenge the learner to reflect on the human condition as it is revealed in a variety of ways including visual art, performance, literature, philosophy, architecture, graphic design, culinary art, and so forth.

Who Should Apply

Students who love to learn, want an inclusive and connected community and value non-traditional (i.e. outside of the classroom) learning experiences. If you are majoring in a department in the College of Arts and Sciences (check here) or are undeclared, consider applying.


Course Credit (HUM 150) – 1 credit
Students accepted into the program are required to enroll in academic credit and participate in community
activities: instructor will issue a course permission number for HUM 150. Living and learning in this community
is contingent upon registration in the credit. Click on this link to view the Syllabus.
Participation Agreement
It is an honor to be selected as a member of one of these communities, and with that honor comes individual
responsibility. Students are expected to participate in a constructive manner, supporting the academic
environment and success of all its members. Participation Agreement.

Current Faculty-in-Residence (FIR)

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Kelly Arispe, Spanish

Dr. Kelly Arispe
Assistant Professor
Department of World Languages

Kelly Arispe is a native Californian. She completed a double major in Spanish and International Studies at a small, private Liberal Arts Institution in Oregon (George Fox University) and was inspired by several of her professors who went above and beyond the call of teaching and actually mentored her during those pivotal years while she completed her B.A. She decided to follow in their footsteps and went on to obtain a Masters in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of New Mexico and later a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics at the University of California, Davis (UCD). Spanish is special to Kelly because it is part of her heritage (maternal Grandmother) and because of wonderful experiences she’s had abroad (Spain, Argentina, Ecuador, etc.). She’s taught beginner, intermediate, advanced, and graduate-level Spanish courses at the university level for the last ten years and is particularly passionate about Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics, including bilingualism in the U.S. She wholeheartedly loves to teach college students and thrives on incorporating new technologies in the classroom to augment the learning experience, as well as enable all students to communicate in Spanish in more meaningful ways.

Kelly teaches upper-division Spanish and linguistics courses in the Department of World Languages and is passionate about helping students cultivate their bilingual (in many cases, multilingual) identities, especially for many students that have a cultural heritage from a Spanish speaking country or community in the U.S. She thoroughly enjoys being a Bronco and working alongside her colleagues to offer opportunities for students at Boise State University to use their linguistic as well as cultural knowledge across disciplines and in their workplace. Just recently, Kelly helped implement a Mobile Program in Spanish that integrates mobile technology in almost every upper-division Spanish course. As such, she’s also conducting research that looks at the relationship between mobile technologies and second language development.

Kelly and her husband, Sergio, moved to Boise in July of 2012- one month after receiving their doctorates at UCD. Later that same month, Kelly gave birth to their son, Santiago- the native Idahoan in the family. Sergio is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University in Malheur County- just across the Idaho/Oregon state border. They love spending time with Santiago and especially appreciate the beautiful Boise outdoors to enjoy as a family. On a typical day off- you might see Kelly running on the greenbelt with Santiago in the stroller, reading a book (her favorite is historical fiction) or cooking with Sergio. Kelly, Sergio and Santiago are excited to welcome the new class of ASRC residents and are eager to spend quality time investing in the new community.

Dr. Joe Champion Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education

Dr. Champion is a mathematics education specialist who joined the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University in 2013. Dr. Champion coordinates general mathematics education courses for prospective teachers, teaches courses for undergraduate and graduate students, and conducts research on teacher development, the psychology of mathematics learning, and factors affecting success in mathematics.

Professor Champion is passionate about supporting learners to meet their educational goals, and is committed to sharing his love of teaching through fun, inspiring, and intellectually satisfying experiences. He has won several teaching awards, co-founded the Boise Math Circle, and is experienced leading interdisciplinary education projects.

Joe joins the faculty-in-residence program with the help and constant sources entertainment coming from his wife of ten years, Melissa Champion, and two small children. The family is excited to share their interests in sports and fitness – Joe has run several half marathons, and Melissa is a triathlete and physical education teacher – and they are all excited to contribute to the thriving residential college community.

Why should I join ASRC?

Students in ASRC have higher GPAs, are more likely to finish-in-four and have live-in faculty mentor to consult about classes, their major/minor, and university life in general. You also have Community Assistants to make your first year easier to navigate and Teaching Assistants that will help guide you in your class work. This unique type of community helps foster academic success in tandem with a deeper sense of purpose at Boise State University from day one. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at Boise State. Typically, students wait until their 3rd and 4th years to get connected. This is the quintessential difference for the students in ASRC–they get connected to staff, professors and deans immediately so they can pursue internships, study abroad, professional experience, etc. sooner and feel more confident in their courses and majors. But don’t just take my word for it, check out this video from former ASRC students.

ASRC Student, Vivianne, Reflects on Her Experience

Who can participate, how many students are admitted to live there?

Any student, regardless of year in school; open to all majors. Limited space for only 75 students.

What is the fee to participate and where do I live?

All students are required to pay for and live on campus in a residential hall with an active meal plan. In addition there is a $65.00 participation fee (per semester) assessed to your student account to supplement program activities, field trips, and general program expenses. You will live in the new Honors College and First-Year Residence Hall.

How do I apply for admission?

All Living-Learning Program students must first complete an on-line Housing application. Once complete, students apply for admission by submitting the LLP application through Faculty review LLP Applications and make determinations based on information provided. The process is competitive so students are encouraged to place appropriate time and effort into their application responses. For more information, please see admissions information on our website.

Upperclassmen interested in applying, please contact for more information.

Application Questions

Questions (150-word or less for each question)
  1. Why should you be chosen to be part of the Arts and Sciences Residential College?
  2. Major elements of the ASRC community are:
    1. Living with like-minded, academically driven peers
    2. Interacting with a leadership team of upperclassmen
    3. Having two faculty-in-residence that live amongst you

Please explain what you hope to gain from this unique living experience.

  1. What has been the most influential, non-academic learning experience you’ve had? What did you learn? What surprised you?
  2. You get to take anyone to dinner. Who do you choose and where do you go? Why?