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Marty Most

Marshall Most2014 Foundation Scholar

Marty Most has been named a 2014 University Foundation Scholar Award recipient by the Boise State University Foundation and Provost Martin Schimpf.

The awards honor Boise State faculty members who have demonstrated ongoing commitment, expertise and accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research and creative activity and professionally related service. This year’s awards recognize two “teaching” recipients (Marty Most and Don Plumlee) and one “research and creative activity” recipient (Anthony Walsh). Nominations for awards in each category were submitted in January 2014 and recipients were chosen by separate selection committees.

The Foundation honors each recipient with a $3,000 honorarium. In addition, a display listing all recipients of the Foundation Scholar Awards since 1992 can be found on the first floor of the Student Union Building near the main staircase.

“The Foundation is pleased to have an opportunity to recognize the work of outstanding faculty at Boise State,” said Chris Anton, chief operating officer for the Boise State University Foundation.

Most, associate professor in the Department of Communication, was nominated for his extensive pedagogical knowledge and exemplary teaching. As director of the Talkin’ Broncos speech and debate program from 1988-2007, he led the team to its first national championship in 2005. Among his many teaching honors is the prestigious Pi Kappa Delta national forensic society’s E. R. Nichols Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Boise State Honors College Professor of the Year award, both in 2012.

Most teaches a wide range of courses, from intimate graduate seminars to classes of 200 students, and always makes his students feel noticed and recognized. The award committee noted that, “He consistently connects students’ education with their lives after college, believing that ‘students retain little of what they learn if they do not see its relevance in their lives, needs and/or interests.’”

A reception honoring this year’s recipients is from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Student Union Farnsworth Room. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 2, by calling 426-3181 or sending an email to

Ed McLuskie

Professor McLuskie is an internationally recognized philosopher of communication and critical theorist, teaching also at universities in the United States, Europe, and Eurasia. During the 2012-13 academic year, he has been appointed Guest Professor by two European universities: the University if Augsburg, Germany, and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was awarded a sabbatical for the Spring Semester at Boise State. From April through August, he will conduct seminars on Metatheory in the Social Sciences and the concept of the Public in communication and media research, both from a critical-theoretical point of view.

Dr. Ed McLuskie

Dr. Ed McLuskie

McLuskie recently taught the required graduate seminar on communication and media theory at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, including Boise State students through a webinar (read about it here: He is invited to present a lecture to doctoral students and faculty at the University of Ljubljana during the Fall, 2013, semester.

McLuskie has been at Boise State since 1981, where he taught the graduate Capstone Seminar from 2009-2011 in Bilingual Education, and teaches advanced undergraduate and graduate theory and philosophy courses for the communication department. Many of his students have earned acceptance into and have graduated from prestigious Ph.D. programs in Europe and in the United States. He has twice been a Fulbright Professor: (1) at the Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, University of Vienna, Austria (1997), and (2) at Tbilisi State University & the Georgia Institute for Public Affairs, Republic of Georgia (2005). He served a three-year term as a discipline peer reviewer to evaluate Fulbright applications from the United States.

Recent and current work includes: a book manuscript on the philosopher Jürgen Habermas; essays on the critical communication scholar Hanno Hardt; chapters and articles on audience concepts and postmodern ethics; and review-of-the-field essays for scholarly yearbooks, encyclopedias, and handbooks. Journal articles appear in the Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication InquiryJavnost-The Public, and Medien & Zeit.  He has served as editor and member of the editorial boards of European journals. A founding member of the Philosophy of Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) and of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, he writes and reviews manuscripts for the European Institute for Culture and Communication, the European Communication Research and Education Association, and ICA.