The Learning & Teaching Council is charged with enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at BYU-Idaho. This council is comprised of the chairs of the three Learning & Teaching Committees and is chaired by the Associate Academic Vice President of Instruction. This council meets at least once each semester to coordinate resources from the Academic Office and the efforts of eighteen faculty serving on the various committees.

The Learning & Teaching Committees work under the direction of the Learning & Teaching Council to provide valuable learning opportunities for faculty. Faculty members representing each college are on all committees.


Identifies best practices, gathers information and analyzes, and finds ways to share ideas on learning and teaching. The Best Practices Committee also sponsors the Spori Summit.

Richard Whiting-College of Education & Human Development

Amanda Christensen (Chair)-College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Martin Ma-College of Business & Communication

Diantha Smith-College of Language & Letters

Joshua Abegglen-College of Performing & Visual Arts

Shane Ruebush-College of Physical Science & Engineering


Encourages investigation and sharing of best practices and faculty research. Sponsors Brown Bag Lunches and the Faculty Conference.

Derick Rhoton (Chair)-College of Business & Communication

Jackie Harris-College of Language & Letters

Tricia Johnson-College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Rhonda Seamons-College of Education & Human Development

Trevor Hill-College of Performing & Visual Arts

Brian Tonks-College of Physical Science & Engineering


Publishes faculty findings, insights, and research in the Perspective Magazine that is published each semester.

Lane Williams (Chair)-College of Business & Communication

Kirk Astel-College of Education & Human Development

Hyrum Lewis-College of Language & Letters

Ashley Storm-College of Performing & Visual Arts