Series: Meet Humboldt State’s Newest Faculty - Humboldt State Now

Series: Meet Humboldt State’s Newest Faculty

Over the course of the fall semester, Humboldt State NOW will be profiling our new tenure-track faculty. For a list of the new faculty "click here":http://now.humboldt.edu/news/university-welcomes-26-new-faculty-members/. In this edition, we introduce Professor Taylor Bloedon, Dept. of Kinesiology & Recreation Administration, and Professor Joshua Frye, Dept. of Communication.

Professor Taylor Bloedon, Dept. of Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Where are you originally from?
Ontario Oregon

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Where did you complete your education?
BS: University of Oregon, MS: Oregon State University, PhD: The University of Maine

Why did you choose your field?
I like the science behind food and its interaction with the body and physiological processes and how we can alter our diet to get different health outcomes.

Where have you taught prior to coming to HSU?
GA: Oregon State University, Adjunct: Husson University, Assistant Professor: The University of Maine

What are your specific areas of expertise?
Nutrition, health promotion, disease prevention, sports nutrition, exercise science.

What classes are you teaching this year?
Basic Nutrition and Senior Seminar… so far!

What attracted you to Humboldt State?
The people, what the University stands for, the mission and values align with my personal beliefs. I also like that the focus is on the students and student outcomes.

What do you do in your free time outside the classroom?
I like to spend time outdoors, running and climbing and being with my family.

What is your favorite classroom technique to engage students?
I like finding a way to discuss a topic that students will find more relevant to them directly and getting the students to interact with each other.

What is the best thing about being a university professor?
The interaction with students. I enjoy learning from them.

Where is the strangest place you’ve done research?
No place strange, but I have spend a lot of hours processing blueberries in a pilot plant.

If you weren’t an HSU professor, what would you be?
Director of Sports Nutrition for a larger University.

What superpower would be most valuable to your research?
Perhaps being able to read peoples’ minds to better understand what drives their behavior.

Professor Joshua Frye, Communication

Where are you originally from?
Madison, Wisconsin

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Where did you complete your education?
Purdue University

Why did you choose your field?
Specific field experiences with the U.S. Peace Corps that led me to want to study human symbol use and strategy.

Where have you taught prior to coming to HSU?
Waldorf Schools, American Red Cross, Purdue University, Yale, State University of New York, Ecuador, Dartmouth.

What are your specific areas of expertise?
Persuasion & rhetoric, environmental communication, food systems, organizational leadership.

What classes are you teaching this year?
Social Advocacy, Public Speaking, and Research Methods

What attracted you to Humboldt State?
The values, the people, and the geography.

What do you do in your free time outside the classroom?
Try to create meaningful relationships with family and friends, research travel, consulting, whitewater kayaking, make music, grow food, play basketball.

What is your favorite classroom technique to engage students?
Case studies.

What is the best thing about being a university professor?
The intellectual engagement with many stakeholders, most importantly students and the public.

Where is the strangest place you’ve done research?
The streets of Caracas, Venezuela.

If you weren’t an HSU professor, what would you be?
A career officer in the foreign service of the US State Department.

What superpower would be most valuable to your research?
The elusive omniscient decoder box.