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Administration and Infrastructure

Session A                                                                                      Wednesday, 9:45-11:00 a.m.  1) Design of an Honors Option Contract Management System (#14)

           a. Dr. Michael Blandino                      Asst. Dean, LSU (Ogden HC)

2) Modeling and Communicating the Value of Honors through a Faculty Fellowship Initiative (#12)

           a. Dr. John Emert                               Dean, Ball State HC

           b. Dr. Adam Kuban                             Assoc. Professor, Ball State

3) Tenure in Honors (#57)

           a. Dr. Patricia Smith                           Dean, Central Arkansas (Schedler HC)

           b. Dr. Leah Horton                              Assoc. Dean, Central Arkansas (Schedler HC)

Session B                                                                            Wednesday, 11:15a.m.-12:30 p.m.

1) The Next Generation of NCHC’s “Basic Characteristics” (#50)

           a. Dr. Richard Badenhausen             Dean, Westminster College HC
           b. Dr. Jim Buss                                   Dean, Northern Kentucky University HC

Session C                                                                                        Wednesday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) ​Honors at Scale: Ideas for Expanding Access to the Honors Experience (#9)

           a. Dr. Tara Williams                           Dean, Alabama HC

2) Peer Mentors: Building Community in a Post-Pandemic World (#29)

           a. Dr. Dawn Rendell                           Asst. Dean, ASU (Barrett HC)

           c. Ashley Brand                                 Director of Student Services, ASU (Barrett HC)

Session D                                                                                            Wednesday, 3:45-5 p.m.

1) Elevating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Honors (#10)

            a. Ms. Xochitl Delgado Solórzano    Asst. Dean, Arkansas HC

            b. Dr. Shannon Blanton                     Dean, UAB HC

             c. Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee                            Dean, Montana State HC

            d. Dr. Kay Thomas                             Asst. Dean, South Carolina HC

            e. Dr. Tara M. Tuttle                           Asst. Dean, D.E.I. Kentucky (Lewis HC)

            f. Dr. Lynette Yarger                          Asst. Dean, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

2) Student and Staff Burnout: Engaging in Effective Equity Audits in Honors (#55)

           a. Cherae Boyce                                 Academic Adviser, Rutgers HC

           b. Dr. Lisa Sanon-Jules                     Asst. Dean, Rutgers HC

           c. Robert Wilder                                 Academic Adviser, Rutgers HC

Session E                                                                                               Thursday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) The Possibilities in the Pandemic: Lessons Learned and How We Adapted (#24)

          a. Dr. Dawn Rendell                           Asst. Dean, ASU (Barrett HC)

          b. Ashley Brand                                 Director of Student Services, ASU (Barrett HC)


Advancement/Development/Advisory Boards

Session A                                                                                           Wednesday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) Honors Advisory Board: Starting, Retooling, or Refreshing

          a. Dr. Kevin Gustafson                        Dean, Northern Arizona HC

          b. Dr. Toni Doolen                                Dean, Oregon State HC

          c. Dr. Sarah Cook                                Dean, Georgia State HC


Session B                                                                                            Wednesday, 3:45-5 p.m.

1) Effectively Using Your Honors Advisory Board 

          a. Dr. Patrick Mather                          Dean, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

          b. Dr. Jonathan Earle                         Dean, LSU (Ogden HC)

          c. Dr. Loria Brown Gordon                 Assoc. Dean, Jackson State (W.E.B. DuBois HC)

          d. Dr. Rebecca Bott                            Dean, South Dakota State (Fishback HC)


Session C                                                                                             Thursday, 9:45-11 a.m.

1) Community, Corporate, and Alumni Engagement: Creating and Developing Strategic Alliances 

          a. Dr. Toni Doolen                                Dean, Oregon State HC

          b. Mrs. Chappell Wilson                      Asst. Dean, South Carolina HC

          c. Dr. Juan Carlos Espinosa               Dean, Florida International HC

          d. Dr. Rebecca Bott                             Dean, South Dakota State (Fishback HC)


Session D                                                                                          Thursday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) The Donor Appreciation Process 

          a. Mrs. Melanie Frantz Finocchio      Stewardship Coordinator, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

          b. Mr. Tom Harrington                        Web Designer, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

2) How to Successfully Incorporate Virtual Donor and Alumni Visits Post-Pandemic (#44)

          a. Mr. Sean Miller                                Sr. Development Director, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

          b. Mr. Jason Godinez                          Asst. Development Director, Penn State (Schreyer HC)




Session A                                                                          Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

1) Development of a Comprehensive Assessment Program and New Curricular Activities for the Penn

   State Schreyer Honors College 

          a. Dr. Karen Paulson                           Teaching Professor, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

          b. Dr. Keefe B. Manning                      Associate Dean, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

2) Writing Assessment in a Freshman Great Books Course (#61)

          a. Dr. Jesse Rainbow                          Instructional Assoc. Professor, Houston HC


Session B                                                                                         Thursday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Excellence for All? University Honors Programs and Human Capital Formation 

          a. Dr. Todd Pugatch                             Assoc. Professor, Oregon State HC

          b. Dr. Paul Thompson                         Assoc. Professor, Oregon State HC

          c. Presenter: Dr. Toni Doolen             Dean, Oregon State HC

2) Assessing Honors Student Engagement with NSSE Data 

          a. Dr. Jonathan Williamson               Assoc. Dean, Houston HC


Community and Civic Engagement


Session A                                                                                      Wednesday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Enhances the Honors Experience 

          a. Dr. Lisa M. Troy                                 Assoc. Professor, UMass Amherst (Commonwealth HC)

          b. Ms. Jennifer Marino                         Alumna, UMass Amherst (Commonwealth HC)

          c. Ms. Tamar Stollman                         Student, UMass Amherst (Commonwealth HC)

          d. Melissa Woglom                               Academic Dir., Continuing Ed., UMass Amherst

2) Creating a Fourth Space for Honors Student Community Engagement (#38)

          a. Dr. Heidi Appel                                  Dean, Toledo (Jesup Scott HC)

          b. Dr. Robert Schultz                            Assoc. Dean, Toledo (Jesup Scott HC)


Session B                                                                                           Wednesday, 3:45-5 p.m.

1) The Jane Project: Exploring Chicago through an Experiential Collaboration between Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois Chicago’s Honors Program 

          a. Lauren DeJulio Bell                          Academic Advisor, Illinois-Chicago HC

          b. Michele McCrillis                              Asst. Dean, Illinois-Chicago HC

          c. Sarah Rutter                                     Assoc. Director, Roosevelt University HP

          d. Two students to be named later


Session C                                                                                         Thursday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Community Engaged Learning in Honors: A Toolkit for Teaching and Learning 

          a. Dr. Megan Bailey                              Asst. Professor, Alabama

          b. Dr. W. Ross Bryan                             Asst. Dean, Alabama HC

2) The Honors in Community Health (HICH) Co-Curricular Program Model 

          a. Ms. Olivia Tran                                  Student, Houston HC

          b. Ms. Sara Syed                                  Student, Houston HC

Curriculum Development


Session A                                                                                       Wednesday, 9:45-11 a.m.

  1. The Honors Year One Experience: A Transdisciplinary Curriculum for a New Generation of Honors Students 
    aDr. Anne Franklin Lamar                  Dir. of Honors Year One, Alabama HC 
    b. Dr. Megan Bailey                              Asst. Professor, Alabama

  2. Reimagining an Honors Curriculum for a Post-Pandemic World 
       a. Dr. Jonathan Earle                           Dean, LSU (Ogden HC) 
       b. Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms               Assoc. Dean, LSU (Ogden HC) 
       c. Dr. Granger Babcock                       Assoc. Dean, LSU (Ogden HC)


Session B                                                                        Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

1) Honors Experiences: Bringing Intentionality to Experiential Learning through Honors Curricular Requirements 

          a. Mr. Jacob Schlange                          Asst. Dir. of Experiential Learning, Nebraska HP

2) Cultivating a Culture of Purposeful Experiential Learning and Student Reflection 

          a. Dr. Rita Sirrieh                                  Assoc. Dir., Energy & Sustainability, Houston HC


Session C                                                                                    Wednesday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Honors Colleges, Transdisciplinary Education, and Global Challenges 

          a. Dr. Paul Knox                                    Founding Dean, Virginia Tech HC

          b. Dr. Paul Heilker                                Assoc. Dean, Virginia Tech HC

2) Comprehensive Internationalization and Honors Education in the Research University 

          a. Dr. Eric Welch                                   Dir. of Undergraduate Studies, Kentucky (Lewis HC)


Session D                                                                                         Wednesday, 3:45-5 p.m.

1) Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence (MESI) in the Honors College: Washington        State University’s New Certificate Program during and after the Pandemic 
    a. Dr. Lydia Gerber                              Assoc. Professor, Washington State HC

2) Designing a Curriculum to Educate Leaders for a New World (#53)
Dr. Talia Robbins                              Asst. Teaching Professor, Rutgers HC


Session E                                                                                           Thursday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) Pivoting During the Pandemic: Reconceptualizing Academic and Career Programming for a New
   Path Forward 

          a. Ms. Lisa Kerchinski                          Dir. of Career Development, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

          b. Ms. Debra Rodgers                          Coord. of Academic Advising, Penn State (Schreyer)

2) The Design and Development of “Engineering Positive and Intentional Change” (EPIC): An
   Innovative Honors Minor Program Focused on the Broader Role of an Engineer in Society 

          a. Dr. Kathryn O’Harra                         Asst. Professor, Alabama


High-Impact Practices/Pedagogies


Session A                                                                                          Wednesday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) The Politics of Mapping: Student-Faculty Collaborative Utilizing ArcGIS Story Mapping 

          a. Dr. Terumi Rafferty-Osaki               Dir., Office of Competitive Fellowships, Florida GC

          b. Ms. Katherine Ryan                         Student, Florida Gulf Coast

2) “This Felt Like College. It Was Good to Find My People”: Developing Communitas through Student-

   Led Oral History during COVID-19 

          a. Dr. Zada Komara                              Lecturer, Kentucky (Lewis HC)


Session B                                                                          Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

1) The Justice Challenge: An Honorable Model 

          a. Dr. Rebecca Bott-Knutson              Dean, South Dakota State (Fishback HC)

          b. Dr. Heidi Appel                                 Dean, Toledo (Jesup Scott HC)

          c. Dr. Joy Hart                                      Exec. Dir., Louisville Honors Program

          d. Dr. Jon Kotinek                                 Assoc. Dir. for LAUNCH: Honors, Texas A&M

          e. Mr. William Ziegler                          Presidential Fellow, Binghamton SUNY

          f.  Dr. Keith Garbutt                              Dean, Oklahoma State HC

          g. Dr. Andrea Radasanu                      Dir., Northern Illinois Honors Program

          h. Dr. Paul Knox                                   Founding Dean, Virginia Tech HC

           i. Dr. Daniel Roberts                           Founding Dean, Virginia State HC

           j.  Dr. Ralph Keen                                Dean, Illinois Chicago HC

           k. Dr. Mark Anderson                         Dean, UT-Rio Grande Valley HC

           l. Dr. Kathy Cooke                               Dean, Southern Alabama HC

         m. Dr. Jyostna Kapur                           Dir., Southern Illinois Honors Program

          n. Dr. Timothy Nichols                        Dean, Montana (Davidson HC)


Session C                                                                                      Wednesday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Preparing Honors Students to Deal with Complexity and Uncertainty: A Transdisciplinary Course to Investigate the Eco-Social Emergency 

          a. Dr. Najla Miranda Mouchrek           Virginia Tech

Session D                                                                                          Wednesday, 3:45-5 p.m.

1) The Role of Innovative Pedagogies in Increasing FSU Honors Students’ Resilience: How They
   Thrived amid the Pandemic and Published Their Research 

          a. Dr. Azat Zana Gundogan                 Faculty, FSU Honors Program

2) Learning from Wrong Decisions: Student Reflection on Needs for Improvement after a Mock Trial (#8)

          a. Dr. Robin Blom                                 Assoc. Professor, Ball State

3) Integrating HIPs Across the Curriculum and Student Retention 

          a. Dr. Scott Breuninger                        Dean, VCU HC


Session E                                                                                             Thursday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) Us, Them, and the Power of WE: Honors Experiences and the Good of the University 

          a. Dr. Ross Moret                                  Professor, FSU Honors Program

          b. Delaney Williams                             Director, Power of WE

          c. Gabriel Pfeuffer-Ferguson              Branding Chair, Power of WE

2) The Justice and Equity Honors Network: Educational Foundations for Social Change 

          a. Dr. Joseph Ugoretz                          Sr. Assoc. Dean, CUNY (Macaulay HC)

          b. Dr. Olga Idriss Davis                        Assoc. Dean, ASU (Barrett)

3) Considering Antiracism: Moving from Ideas to Action in Curriculum Development 

          a. Ms. Lauren DeJulio Bell                  Academic Advisor, Illinois-Chicago HC

          b. Mr. Alex Sainvilier                           Academic Advisor, Illinois-Chicago HC

          c. Two Illinois-Chicago students to be named later

Mental Health


Session A                                                                                         Thursday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Integrating Positive Mental Health Practices within the Honors Experience 

          a. Sally Foster                                      Dir. of Center for Personal Development, Kentucky

          b. Tamika Tompoulidis                        Personal Development Counselor, Kentucky (Lewis HC)

2) Addressing Fear of Failure and Related Mental Health Issues of Honors Students 

          a. Ms. Denise Lynch                             Coord. Of Programming, UNC Charlotte HC

3) Rediscovering Our Humanity by Starting with the Self: Mindfulness Meditation 

          a. Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk          Assoc. Dean, UAB HC


Recruitment and Admissions


Session A                                                                                         Thursday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Brave New World in Admissions: Virtual Recruitment Before and After COVID Lockdowns 

          a. Dr. Lynda Coon                                 Dean, Arkansas HC

          b. Dr. Noah Pittman                             Assoc. Dean, Arkansas HC

2) Strategic Enrollment Management: Using Data to Lead the Way (#37)

          a. Dr. Carrie Connolly                           Assoc. Dean, VCU HC


Session B                                                                                          Wednesday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) The Experience of Alumni Interviews for First-Year Admissions 

          a. Mr. Benjamin Carr                            Admissions Counselor, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

2) Recruitment and UH’s Tier One Invitational

          a. Dr. Brenda Rhoden                           Asst. Dean, Houston HC

          b. Ms. Jennifer Hennessy                    Dir. of Admissions, Houston HC


Session C                                                                          Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

1) Land Your Helicopter, Park Your Lawnmower: Dealing with Parents in Recruitment, Admissions, and
   Undergraduate Family Relations

          a. Ms. Mindy Hart                                 Dir. of Recruitment and Admissions, Purdue HC

          b. Mr. Brady Alumbaugh                     Recruitment Specialist, Purdue HC

          c. Ms. Alyssa Wagner                          Honors Adviser, Purdue HC

2) Orienting Parents to Honors Education 

          a. Dr. Brenda Rhoden                          Asst. Dean, Houston HC


Session D                                                                                      Wednesday, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

1) Challenges and Efforts to Recruit a Diverse Class into Honors Colleges: A Roundtable Discussion 

          a. Dr. Deyo Olorunnisola                      Assoc. Dean, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

          b. Dr. Bess German                              Asst. Dean, Michigan State HC

2) Raising Capitals to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Honors Education 

          a. Dr. Lynette Yarger                            Asst. Dean, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

          b. Mr. Sean Miller                                 Sr. Dir. of Development, Penn State (Schreyer HC)

Undergraduate Research


Session A                                                                                          Wednesday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) Educating Leaders for a Humane World: Team Community-Based Research Projects 

          a. Ms. Chelsea Hodge                          Dir. of Grants and Research Innovation, Arkansas HC

          b. Ms. Louise Hancox                          Dir. of Career Innovation, Arkansas HC

        2) Strengthening Inclusivity and Collaboration through Undergraduate Research: The REACH Program

    at the University of Houston 

          a. Dr. Ben Rayder                                 Dir. of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards, UH

          b. Dr. Rikki Bettinger                           Assoc. Dir., Undergraduate Research and Major Awards


Session B                                                                          Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

1) Thinking Big in the Meantime: Co-Curricular Research and Writing Programs in the
   Interdisciplinary Humanities 

          a. Dr. Rikki Bettinger                           Assoc. Dir., Undergraduate Research and Major Awards

          b. Dr. Max Rayneard                            Assoc. Dir., Center for Creative Work, Houston HC

          c. One unnamed Mellon Fellow and one unnamed FrameWorks Fellow

2) Creating Clarity and Direction: The Honors Thesis Pathway Model 

          a. Dr. Mary Ingram-Waters                 Asst. Dean, ASU (Barrett HC)


Session C                                                                                       Thursday, 9:45-11a.m.

1) Undergraduate Research Opportunities in a Classroom Context 

          a. Dr. Kenton Sena                               Lecturer, Kentucky (Lewis HC)

          b. 2 students to be named later

2) Applying Multi-Mentor Models to Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Programs 

          a. Dr. Andrew Kapral                           Dir. of Engaged Science Data, Houston HC

          b. Dr. Dan Price                                    Dir., Data and Society, Houston HC

          c. Dr. Ioannis Konstantinidis              Faculty, Houston HC


"Challenges Faced & Lessons Learned" Roundtables


  1)  Preventing crises in students’ mental health

  2)  Securing resources to expand Honors experiential learning programming

  3)  Framing the Honors value proposition to colleagues across campus

  4)  Keeping touch with Honors alumni (made more difficult because we share them)

  5)  Creating space for excellence in undergraduate education at a research university

  6)  Weighing faculty roles in student advising

  7)  Helping Honors students to become better writers

  8)  The costs and benefits of Honors in social media

  9)  Serving Honors students in their 2nd and 3rd year

10)  Recruiting to Honors at the demographic cliff

11)  Honors admissions in a test optional world

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