Honors Faculty

The Honors Program is lucky to have many inspiring, innovative faculty who teach a variety of honors courses across disciplines. A few who have taught in the program recently are listed below.

Dr. Joyce Fields
Professor of Child and Family Studies 
ext. 3688 
Course: Introduction to Sociology (SOC 151)


Dr. Heather Hahn 
Assistant Professor Of Philosophy
ext. 3489
Course: The Philosopy of Religion (PHIL 160),Contemporary Ethics (PHIL 353)


Dr. Christine Hait                  
Professor of English
ext. 3711 
Courses: Basic Composition (ENG 101), Literature and Composition (ENG 102), Paris in Film and Literature (HON 490)


Dr. Melissa Heidari
Professor of English 
ext. 3064 
Course: Basic Composition (ENG 101)
Dr. Calley Hornbuckle
Assistant Professor of English
ext. 3928
Course: Literature and Composition (ENG 102), Seminar in Comparative Literature (ENG 410)
Dr. Corinne Mann
Professor of French
ext. 3808
Course: Paris as Text (HON 490)
Dr. Tandy McConnell
Charles Ezra Daniel Professor of History 
ext. 3627 
Course: Perspectives on World Civilization I (HIS 102)
Dr. Vida Mingo
Lecturer in Biology
ext. 3028
Course: Biological Science (BIO 100)


Dr. Kirt Moody
Paysinger Endowed Chair for Science and Technology
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science 
ext. 3750 
Course: Biology I (BIO 111)
Dr. Jason Munsell
Associate Professor of Communication 
ext. 3197 
Course: Introduction to Oral Communication (COMM 100)


Dr. Lynne Noble
Professor of Education 
ext. 3435 
Course: Northern Ireland: A Case Study in Civil Unrest (HON 490)
Dr. Adrienne Y. Oxley
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
ext. 3615
Course: Forensic Science (Bio 190)
Dr. Amy Reeves
Professor of English
ext. 3710
Course: Subversive Vampire Lit. & Film (HON 490)
Dr. Hyman Rubin, III
Associate Professor of History
ext. 3626
Course: Perspectives on World Civilizations (HIS 103), History of China (HIS 310)
Dr. Edward Sharkey
Associate Professor of Political Science
ext. 3807
Course: American National Government (POSC 101), Contemp. World History–Post 1945 (His. 104)
Dr. Catherine (Lisa) Howard
Professor of Religion 
ext. 3755 
Course: World Religions (REL 127), Biblical Religion (REL 128), and The Theology of Harry Potter (REL 190)
Dr. Ute Wachsmann-Linnan
Assistant Director of Honors, Associate Professor of Art History 
ext. 3159
Course: German Expressionism (ART 368/HON 490DD), Intro to Art (ART 205), Ancient to Renaissance (Art 261), Issues in Contemp. Art (Art 361)
Dr. Alan Weinberg
Professor of Music
ext. 3718
Course: The Violated Muse (MUS 290B), Art and Music: Common Ground (MUS 290L)
Prof. Marcy Yonkey-Clayton 
Assistant Professor of Dance
ext. 3940
Course: World of the Imagination: Exploring Creative Processes in Dance and Art (DAN 190H)
Dr. John Zubizarreta 
Director of Honors, Professor of English 
ext. 3014 
Courses: Literature and Composition (ENG 102), Genre Studies (ENG 310), The Modern Short Story (ENG 350), Honors Seminar – “Understanding Modernity” (HON 490EE), and Honors Project (HON 498)

Dr. Tamara Burk
Professor of Comm. Studies
ext. 3554
Course: Diversity, Gender & Social Justice (LA 201)


Ms. Kyle Love
Senior Lecturer of Communication
ext. 3941
Course: Intro. to Oral Comm. (Comm. 100), Interpersonal Comm. (Comm. 210)


Dr. Marlee Marsh
Assistant Professor of Biology
ext. 3932
Course: Biological Science (Bio. 100), Molecular Cell Biology (Bio. 350)


Dr. Robin Rosenthal
Associate Professor of Psychology
ext. 6387
Course: Understanding Diversity (Psy. 290)


Dr. Madeline Schep
Professor of Math & Computer Information Systems
ext. 3714
Course: Calculus I (Math 160)


Ms. Debra Stayner
Senior Lecturer of Human Relations
ext. 3445
Course: Intro. to Cultural Anthropology (Anth. 131)


Faculty Testimonies

Below are a few honors faculty members testimonies about their experience with the honors program:

I love the challenge of teaching the Honors Seminar. What I enjoy the most is having students from a variety of majors exploring issues and concepts. Having an interdisciplinary approach to teaching is one thing, but having an interdisciplinary group of students is quite another. It is such a rich learning community. In addition, I can count on the students to do their “homework” and bring their own ideas and perspectives to class along with their information. ~Dr. Lynne Noble

I’ve had the pleasure to teach a unique course titled “World of the Imagination: Exploring Creative Processes in Dance & Art” What an intellectual treat! Teaching an honors course is a stimulating experience… I enjoy looking back through the student projects I save- they are inspiring! ~Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton

I especially enjoy teaching the Honors Seminar and count co-teaching with Dr. Joyce Fields a seminar on Film, Literature, and Family and developing a seminar on Paris, Film, and Literature as two of my most satisfying teaching experiences at Columbia College. Dr. Zubizarreta, the Honors Program Director, has been a crucial mentor to me over the years, and I have learned from his example how to create deep and meaningful learning experiences for students. A community of learners develops in an honors class, and I enjoy building and being part of that community. I recommend the Honors Program to all high-achieving students interested in a unique and innovative academic experience. ~Christine Hait

Although I have only taught 2 honors courses, I have experienced consistency in both groups of students with regard to strengths such as conscientiousness, motivation and self awareness. They are inquisitive and genuinely invested in class discussions; they participate in a collaborative way in engaged and collaborative learning experiences such as role plays, simulations, skills development exercises, and problem based learning. Honors students also tend to ask stimulating questions that require critical thinking by the instructor as well as the other students! They are a pleasure to teach and it is evident that strong, supportive relationships exist among the Honors students. ~Dr. Diane Thompson

Honors provides faculty with a unique and valuable opportunity for professional development and teaching improvement. The risk and challenge involved in designing innovative pedagogy for honors courses inspire faculty to rethink their philosophy and practice to provide honors students—and ultimately all students—an enriched learning experience. A teaching portfolio is an excellent process and document that can help honors faculty critically reflect on teaching and learning and selectively collect evidence of their work in honors. Click here for more information.