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Honors Advisory Committee

The Honors Advisory Committee is based on the importance and power of shared leadership. Advisory committee members offer their experience, expertise, and effort to help strengthen University Honors Program (UHP) decision-making processes, as well as promote the program throughout ISU and the community.

The Honors Advisory Committee makes recommendations on seminar course selections (HONS 3391), possible co-curricular programming, and vital decisions key to the success of Honors students and the program. Committee members help to elicit support, build understanding, and communicate information regarding the UHP to their colleagues in colleges and departments across ISU. Committee members are also encouraged to participate in faculty panels for various Honors courses and to attend Honors Thesis presentations as representatives of their respective colleges. The committee generally meets twice each semester.

The Honors Advisory Committee members include:

  • The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs (an ex officio member)
  • The University Honors Program Director
  • The University Honors Program Coordinator
  • Two faculty representatives from the College of Science and Engineering
  • Two faculty representatives from the College of Arts and Letters
  • Two faculty representatives from the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences
  • One faculty representative from the College of Business
  • One faculty representative from the College of Education
  • One faculty representative from the College of Technology
  • Two Honors student representatives (one lower-classman and one upper-classman)

Faculty representatives are selected through a collaborative process based on input and nominations from college deans, department chairs, the Director of the UHP, and faculty interest in committee participation.
The term of service for each faculty member is three years with the possibility of renewal.
Students may serve for one year with the possibility of renewal.

The quorum for decisions requiring a formal vote is that of a simple majority, or 51% of the voting membership.

2021-2022 University Honors Program Advisory Committee

  • S. Hossein Mousavinezhad - Electrical Engineering (College of Science & Engineering)
  • Cathy Kriloff - Mathematics (College of Science & Engineering)
  • Zachary Gershberg - Communication & Rhetorical Studies (College of Arts & Letters)
  • Erika Fulton - Psychology (College of Arts & Letters)
  • Cynthia Tillotson - Pharmacy (Kasiska Division of Health Sciences)
  • Esther Ntuli - Teaching & Educational Studies (College of Education)
  • Darin Jernigan - Physical Therapy Assistant Program (College of Technology)
  • Cynthia Hill - Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Alex Bolinger – UHP Interim Director
  • Miriam Dance – UHP Instructor/Coordinator
  • Dane Buck - Upper-class UHP Student
  • Emma Watts - Under-class UHP Student

 

UHP Leadership

UHP Director

The UHP director holds a full-time tenured position in an academic department (currently held in the Department of Geosciences). The position is responsible for overseeing all administrative aspects of the program including course scheduling, student advising, recruitment, fundraising, and acts as a liaison between the UHP and other university departments. The Director serves as the faculty advisor for the UHP Club and all Honors Degree-seeking students. The Director is knowledgeable concerning graduation requirements for all majors at ISU, including General Education requirements, and generally teaches one to two Honors courses per year. The Director manages all Honors course contracts and graduation checks.
This position is currently held by Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak, Ph.D. (Department of Geosciences).

Alex Bolinger, Ph.D. (Department of Management) is the UHP Interim Director for the 2021-2022 academic year.

 

UHP Coordinator & Instructor

The instructor/coordinator of the University Honors Program supports the UHP Director in the academic and financial success of the UHP and the academic success of all Honors students. This position further teaches one to two Honors courses per semester. In addition, the instructor/coordinator manages student records, coordinates events, directs Honors Envoy activities, develops engagement strategies, and manages student recruitment.
This position is currently held by Miriam Dance, M.B.A.

 

UHP Instructor & Coordinator of First Year Student Success

The instructor/coordinator of First Year Student Success holds a half-time position with the UHP. This position implements a first year experience mentor program for both the university and the UHP. The instructor/coordinator supports the Honors Program by recruiting, meeting with potential students, advising, fundraising, coordinating Early Registration, and teaching one to two Honors courses per semester.
This position is currently held by Dawn Brooks, M.A.

 

UHP Academic Support

UHP academic support holds a part-time position with the UHP.  This position assists the Honors Director and Coordinators with administrative tasks and student advising.  Academic support manages student records, maintains and updates the Honors website, and manages the applications and admission process to the Honors Program, along with occasional teaching and student recruiting.
This position is currently held by Lori Tapanila, M.S.