University Honors Program


Faculty who Teach Honors Seminars

The key to an outstanding education and a superb program is to maximize the professional interactions among faculty and students. The University Honors Program is fortunate to have excellent faculty and students who create a world class learning environment.

Most of the faculty members who teach Honors courses, including Honors seminars, have appointments in academic departments. They are exceptional teachers, many of whom have made significant contributions to their fields in research, project design, and artistry. Some also serve as academic advisers or mentor Honors students' senior theses.

In addition, there are special faculty members, including emeritus faculty, who have appointments in the University Honors Program and teach several Honors seminars. They are outstanding teachers and also serve as thesis advisers and committee members on occasion.

We are grateful to all of our faculty members for their enthusiastic commitment to enhancing student learning and to contribute to the success of the Honors Program.

Chris Becker


Chris Becker studied mathematics, economics, German literature and philosophy in Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Heidelberg University (2003) and his Habilitation in philosophy from Kaiserslautern University (2010). Chris Becker has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 2013. His primary research and teaching interests are in theoretical and applied ethics, the history of economic thought, environmental philosophy, ecological economics, ecocriticism, and sustainability studies. Chris Becker has participated in various interdisciplinary research projects on sustainability topics and has collaborated with researchers from natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. He has published numerous papers on ethical, environmental and economic topics, and is the author of Nature and Economics in Romanticism (Metropolis, 2003, in German) and Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research (Springer, 2012). Chris Becker is currently working on a textbook for business ethics and on a project on sustainability justice.

Autumn Bernhardt


Autumn Bernhardt received her J.D. from the University of Colorado.  Prior to law school, she was an honors student at Colorado State University.  She has worked as a natural resource attorney for the Colorado Office of the Attorney General and the White Mountain Apache Tribe and also served as a law clerk in the state judicial system.  Ms. Bernhardt has represented the State of Colorado in water cases before the Colorado Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.   She teaches courses in Political Science as well as the honor seminar “Natural Resources Law and Policy.”

Ellen Brinks


Ellen Brinks is an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University.  She received her B.A. in Philosophy and German from Agnes Scott College and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.
Professor Brinks teaches courses in British nineteenth-century literature, gothic literature and film, and colonial and postcolonial literatures. Her research has explored the cultural contexts of gender and sexuality and the tensions between individual and social expressions of identity. She has published numerous essays, including ones on women and 17th-century cartography, on the intersection of economics and sexuality in contemporary film, on the presence of the aesthetic in Winnicottian object relations theory, and on gothic representation and traumatic history. Her first book, Gothic Masculinity, appeared in 2003 and her second, Anglophone Indian Women Writers, 1870-1920, appeared in 2013.

Joseph Brown


Joseph Brown earned his PhD at LSU in 2009 and was a tenured English professor at Abraham Baldwin College in Georgia before coming to CSU in 2016. In addition to teaching for the CSU Honors Program, Dr. Brown is a the director of the CSU Academic Integrity Program.  His experience has included a variety of courses in the Humanities: from courses in writing and literature to Science Fiction, the Cold War, and Rural Studies.

Dr. Brown enjoys writing about science fiction (such as Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and even the Incredible Hulk)  and his published work has appeared the Journal of Popular Culture and Extrapolation.  

Dr. Brown thinks kindness is one of the most important personal qualities and pedagogical tools a teacher must have. In each class, he strives to respect students as developing thinkers and to value their contributions to the class community. He continually seeks out opportunities to improve as a professor. In 2012, he was selected as a Governor's Teaching Fellow by the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. In addition, he has been both a presenter and frequent participant at conferences on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Having taught over a dozen sections of English courses for Georgia’s eCore program, he is also a veteran online instructor and recognized instructional innovator. While Joseph and his wife, Theresa, have lived in Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, they, along with their two children, happily call Fort Collins and CSU home. 

Mark Brown


Mark Brown is on faculty as a Molecular Oncologist in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He also has joint faculty appointments in the Epidemiology Section of the Colorado School of Public Health, in the Department of Ethnic Studies, and in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Dr. Brown is a University Honors Professor of Infectious Disease and Biotechnology, he serves as a scientific consultant for the pharmaceutical industry, and he is the Director of the university’s Office for Undergraduate Research. He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Texas in Austin, his M.S. in Biochemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and his B.S. in Resource Management at Colorado State University. His research interests include: molecular oncology; epigenetics; histone modifications; lysine methylation; small molecule drug development; cultural and environmental factors of cancer; issues in health disparity; cultural history of infectious disease; engaging underrepresented students in the sciences; and engaging undergraduates in research. Dr. Brown received the Honors Prof Award in 2009.

Carl Burgchardt


Carl R. Burgchardt has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1982.  He teaches public speaking, rhetorical criticism, United States public address, and film criticism.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Penn State, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2000 the National Speakers Association named Burgchardt “Outstanding Professor.”  His work in the Honors Program at Colorado State University earned him the 2001 Outstanding Honors Academic Award in recognition of exceptional advising and mentoring of Honors students.  Burgchardt was designated “University Honors Professor of the Year” in 2004, and he won the Willard O. Eddy Teacher Award in 2008.  He has taught Honors seminars on the topics of “Fiction, Persuasion, and Social Change,” as well as “Coming of Age at the Movies.” Dr. Burgchardt is currently learning to speak and read Italian.  He taught a course entitled “Cinematic Rome” at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, during the summer of 2012.  Future research projects include analyses of the early films of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Gerald Callahan


Gerald Callahan
Dr. Callahan writes about science for general audiences and holds a joint appointment in the department of English. He investigates interactions between the human immune and nervous systems, humans and their microbiomes, and the biological basis of sex. His work has been featured on or in, among others, National Geographic Television, ABC evening News, the Los Angeles Times,, the Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Talk Radio Europe – Spain, Ms. Magazine, the New Scientist, Discover Magazine, U.S.A. Today, the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Georgia Straight, the Rocky Mountain News, ESPN, Publisher’s Weekly, Semana Magazine – Columbia, and EPOCA magazine – Brazil. His works have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese. Currently, Dr. Callahan is teaching the Construction of Self in Philosophy, Literature, and Medicine Honors seminar.

Hye Seung Chung


Hye Seung Chung is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, specializing in race and ethnicity in American popular culture, East Asian cinema, feminist film theory, and global media. She is the co-author of Movie Migrations: Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2015). She is also the author of Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance(Temple University Press, 2006) and Kim Ki-duk (University of Illinois Press, 2012). Her writing has appeared in such academic journals as Asian Cinema, Cinema Journal, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Journal of Film and Video, and Post Script. Before coming to CSU in the fall of 2011, Dr. Chung taught at the University of Michigan, Hamilton College, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Oakland University.

Lee Cooper


Lee Cooper holds a Masters of Arts in philosophy from Columbia University and has taught philosophy at Colorado State University, Ohio University, and the University of Colorado. His teaching interests include philosophy, history, political theory, and literature. Since joining the Honors Program in 2001, he has taught seminars on the relationship of political philosophies to historical crises; the influence of 19th century thinkers on the 20th and 21st centuries; and the literary, religious, and philosophical significance of the stories of Genesis.

Maite Correa


Maite Correa is an Associate Professor of (Spanish) Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Colorado State University. She has a BA in English Linguistics and Literature (2000) from University of Deusto and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics (2003) and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (2008), both from the University of Arizona. She works at Colorado State University since 2008, where she teaches courses on Formal and Applied Hispanic Linguistics, and Methods/Assessment in the Teaching of Foreign Languages, among others. She has published on critical pedagogy, metalinguistic awareness, heritage language learning, and academic integrity. Other research interests include psycholinguistics, program evaluation, instructional technology, multilingualism and forensic linguistics.

Stuart Cottrell


Dr. Stuart (Stu) Cottrell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU and coordinator of the undergraduate concentration in Global Tourism. At CSU, he teaches courses in ecotourism, sustainable tourism development, and tourism research. Prior to coming to CSU in 2004, Stu was an assistant professor in the Department of Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University, The Netherlands teaching and conducting research in sustainable tourism development. In 1999, he received a grant on behalf of Wageningen University to direct a special training program in Eco/Rural Tourism Development for the Ministries of Tourism in Argentina and Uruguay. During his years in Wageningen, Stu was advisor to numerous international students from all over the world. He also taught tourism related courses for six years at Christopher Newport University, Virginia. His research focus includes sustainable tourism development, travel and tourism behavior, visitor impact management, and decision-making in travel and tourism. Present projects involve monitoring the socio-cultural impacts of sustainable tourism development in Europe’s protected areas in Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Romania, Poland, and Sweden. This research program aims to reveal the connection between tourism and nature conservation practices and to contribute to the future development of Protected Area Network sites. Within Colorado as a resident fellow with the School for Global and Environmental Sustainability, Cottrell is conducting a preliminary study of the impacts of mountain pine beetle infestation on recreation and tourism. One of the highlights of Dr. Cottrell’s teaching involves the monitoring of diseased corals and volunteer based conservation projects for an NGO in the Bahamas. Stu’s passion is sailing. Early in his career, Stu was Program Director of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, a marine aquatic program with the Boy Scouts of America in the Florida Keys. He has also run his own sailing charters as a business owner. Currently Stu is a proud owner of a 50-foot classic sailboat with many new waters he looks forward to crossing in the future.

Melissa Edwards


Dr. Melissa Edwards received her PhD in cell and molecular biology here, at Colorado State University. Her dissertation work focused on a family of unique proteins and their role in immunological tumorigenesis. She possesses an MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington. She often characterizes herself as a scientist by trade and an anthropologist at heart as she approaches science as a construct defined by the surrounding culture.

Dr. Edwards enjoys spending her energies towards expanding student’s perception of what research is and how they can get involved during their undergraduate years. In addition to her Honors Faculty position, Dr. Edwards is an Associate Director in the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry (OURA). There, she coordinates the Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars (HURS) program and the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) symposium among other things. Dr. Edwards’ passions include enhancing STEM literacy and education, representation of minorities in higher education, and fostering international collaborations.

Charles Elkins


Charles Elkins served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan from 1964-1966 before receiving his Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University. After teaching for 28 years at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, he moved to Colorado. He has taught classes for CSU in the English department and the College of Liberal Arts since 2001, and he joined the Honors Program in 2007. His teaching interests center on the relationships between literature, science, and the social sciences. Professor Elkins has taught seminars for the Honors Program on social identity, the nature of work in America, the function of narrative, and the relationships between art and social change.

Mary Elkins


Mary J. Elkins holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Southern Illinois University. She taught in the English Department at Florida International University in Miami for 20 years before moving to Colorado. She has been a member of the Honors Program faculty since 2002. Her teaching interests revolve around American Studies (including literature, history, and philosophy). Her courses, including "The American West", "America: the Immigrant Nation", and "America and the Civil War", are attempts to address the question, "What does it mean to be an American?" Professor Elkins received the Honors Prof award in 2011.

Kevin Foskin


Kevin Foskin has been teaching at CSU since 1991 and is currently the director of the Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts BA degree program, one of several interdepartmental programs in the College of Liberal Arts. He earned his BA in English in 1988 and a MFA in Creative Writing in 1991, both from Colorado State University. He has taught courses in Creative Writing, Contemporary/Comparative Literature, Drama, contemporary Documentary/Narrative Film studies and Interdisciplinary Studies. His research interests include: Contemporary European Fiction, especially the Irish short story since 1990, the works of Samuel Beckett, Narrative Studies and theory, fictionality and Film Worlds, fascination and documentary film’s fascination with the real. He is currently working on a novel in progress and a book, 100 Fictions, Topological Investigation of Fictional Moments, from Cervantes to Roberto Bolaño via Jane Austen. Professor Foskin has taught past seminars for the Honors Program on topics such as ghosts and textuality, conceptualizations of the artistic moment, and ways of knowing-human in sci-fi narrative constructions.

Francie Glycenfer


Francie Glycenfer received a MA in Dance and a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado - Boulder which gives her teaching a unique interdisciplinary perspective . She has been on the dance faculty at San Jose State University, Colorado State University and Foothills College. She has served as an Executive Co-Director for the TriMedia Film Festival, a national level festival featuring film, TV and theater, for seven years. She joined the Honors faculty in 2005 and currently teaches creativity seminars, "Wild Thinking: Creativity in Art & Business," "Move It!," and "The Passion Within: Adventures in Creativity." These seminars encourage both individual and societal approaches to exploring the potential of creativity in our lives through science as well as psychological perspectives. Her newest seminar entitled “Passion in Action: Philanthropy in Walking with the Poor” empowers students to maximize their passion to serve others.

Aparna Gollapudi

Aparna Gollapudi, Associate Professor. Ph.D., English, University of Connecticut; B.A., M.A., M.Phil., English, Delhi University, India. Professor Gollapudi teaches courses in 18th-century British literature, literary theory, modern women writers, and text-image interactions in a variety of genres. Her research interests are diverse and include eighteenth century theatre culture, history of gender, and children's literature and culture. In addition to many journal articles, Professor Gollapudi 's publications include a book, Moral Reform in Comedy and Culture, 1696-1742 (Ashgate, 2011) which discusses the socio-political and performative implications of reform plots in early eighteenth-century comedies by playwrights such as Cibber, Steele, Centlivre, Johnson, and Hoadly.

Roze Hentschell


Roze is the interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English with a specialization in early modern studies. Her book, The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England: Textual Constructions of a National Identity, a study of the English wool industry and trade from 1580-1615, was published by Ashgate Press. She is also the co-editor of Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650, with Amanda Bailey (Palgrave) and Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations, with Kathy Lavezzo (U of Delaware Press ). Other recent publications include: “The Cultural Geography of St Paul’s Cathedral Precinct” in The Age of Shakespeare (ed. R. Malcolm Smuts. Oxford University Press) and “Paul’s Work: The Campaign for the Renovation of St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1561-1620” in Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion, 1520-1640. (ed. Torrance Kirby and P.G. Stanwood, Brill Publishing). She is currently completing a monograph on the cultural geography of St. Paul’s Cathedral Precinct.

Sonja Hollingsworth


Dr. Sonja Hollingsworth is a Special Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies who teaches courses related to speech pedagogy and instructional communication. Spending her career devoted to teaching and learning, Dr. Hollingsworth has served students at every age from elementary to graduate level. In conjunction with her work at CSU, she also serves as a part-time secondary English teacher and Gifted/Talented Coordinator in Poudre School District.

With a Ph.D. in the field of Education, Dr.H.'s publications specialize in the interplay between communication and educational dynamics. A majority of her research examines identity in critical, cultural, and educational contexts, and her essays and book chapters have featured in multiple national and international texts in the fields of Education and Communication Studies.  She also combines her love of international travel with her love of education and designs service learning trips for middle school aged students each year traveling to destinations like Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica.

In her free time, she is heavily engaged in the health and fitness industry as an international kickboxing trainer and group fitness instructor. She also enjoys steadily chopping away at her 5k times by running competitive races. She and her husband Ben can be found in Fort Collins enjoying the gym, their four dogs and two kids, stand up paddleboarding, and jazz music in Old Town.

Dana Hoag


Dr. Dana Hoag is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.  His teaching is focused on production agriculture, natural resources and policy.  He is involved in many research projects and helping policy makers, farmers and government agencies make good decisions about how to balance production and resources.  His projects in natural resources include soil and water conservation, markets for trading water pollutants, and ecosystem policy. His agricultural research has examined the political economy of farm programs, use of sexed semen in dairies, risk and uncertainty, and tradeoffs between profits and environmental damages from pesticides and nutrients.  Dr. Hoag has also done research in Bolivia, China, Africa ,and several other international locations; he recently directed a program for research on the impacts of climate change on livestock producers in East Africa.   Dr. Hoag is passionate about the outdoors, especially mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.

Keith Jaggers


Keith Jaggers holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to teaching in the Honors Program since 2002, he is a member of the Political Instability Task Force, a CIA-sponsored project that attempts to identify early warning indicators of state failure, democratic retrenchment and political violence across the globe. His teaching interests are currently focused on the topics of anti-Americanism, globalization and the philosophy of freedom. He was awarded the Honors Prof Award in 2007.


Dave Johnson


Dave Johnson is the Director of Research & Analytics at Colorado State University Online where he and his team support assessment and educational research at CSU. He directs IT, applications support, web and software development, analytics, and instructional design for CSU Online. And, he serves as the functional lead for building learning analytics capacity across the institution. Dave has a decade of experience teaching all levels of undergraduate education, from freshman to seniors, and he employs his background in research and teaching support CSU’s goals and mission as a research and teaching-focused land grant university.

Dave’s research and writing has focused on the so-called negative sides of non-human and human nature, including wastelands, trash-issues, and animals that no one seems to like. His co-edited volume, Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature’s Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013.

Clara Keyt 


Clara Keyt is a Public Historian and has worked for government entities and corporations, assisting them in cultural and natural resource management.  Her career started with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she researched intersections of commercial fisheries and off-shore oil drilling.  Dr. Keyt has also produced dozens of chapter-length reports on cultural and natural resource management, historic preservation, and water and soil remediation for National Parks Service, City of Phoenix, Public Lands History Center, and large and mid-size corporations. Dr.  Keyt holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Public and Environmental History.  She teaches classes in the Department of History on African-American and American Indian histories, and the American South.  

John Kitchens


John Kitchens received his B.A. in English from Colorado State University, and he has happily returned to teach at his alma mater. In addition to teaching for the Honors Program, John teaches courses in Liberal Arts and International Studies. He has an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Louisiana State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. He also earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he studied critical pedagogy, media literacy, and issues involving the intersections of education and identity. His research interests include Cultural Studies and the philosophy of European modernism and postmodernism, particularly the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and French theorists ranging from Guy Debord to Jean Baudrillard. Originally from Alabama, he also appreciates Southern literature and history. He has led workshops at national conferences on interdisciplinary approaches to education and arts integration. He enjoys travel, both abroad and in the States, and he is the unexpected founder of a condiment company that produces hot sauces, ketchups, and mustard. 

Jen Krafchick


Jen Krafchick
Jen Krafchick, Ph.D., CFLE is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and has served on the Honors Faculty since 2008.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in Women's Studies and member of the Honors Faculty Council. In the Honors program Dr. Krafchick teaches courses on sexuality and gender related topics.  She also co-directs the CSU Campus Corps Therapeutic Mentoring Program , coordinates the HDFS Internship program, and teaches numerous other courses related to families and relationships.  She currently conducts research on mentoring, at-risk youth, service-learning, and women faculty.  Prior to her current positions at CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as the Assistant Director at Women’s Programs & Studies (now the Women and Gender Advocacy Center) providing support and advocacy services to members of the campus community impacted by interpersonal violence and operated a private practice as an individual, couple, and family therapist. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands from 1996-1998.  Dr. Krafchick received the Honors Prof Award in 2010 and the Alumni Associations Best Teacher Award in 2011. 

Melinda Laituri

Melinda Laituri is a professor of geography at Colorado State University in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Laituri received her PhD from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in geography. Her dissertation research focused on environmental equity and groundwater resources in the American Southwest and the US-Mexico border. Dr. Laituri accepted a post doc at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and shifted to a lecturer position. She is a Fulbright Scholar and spent 2010 in Botswana. She is a Rachel Carson Fellow at the Environment and Society Unit at the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, where she conducted comparative research of major rivers. She is a Jefferson Science Fellow and was assigned to the Humanitarian Information Unit of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues. She is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University affiliated with the Center for Geographic Analysis. Laituri is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid @ CSU ( that provides information and support for GIS activities, education, and outreach at her institution and in Colorado. Laituri is a former National Science Foundation program officer in Geography and Spatial Sciences. Laituri’s research interests are diverse. She has worked with indigenous peoples throughout the world on issues related to natural resource management, disaster adaptation, and water resource issues using geographic information systems (GIS) that utilize cultural and eco-physical data in research models. A key focus is participatory GIS where indigenous peoples develop spatial information and maps essential for their management of their own resources. Other research work focuses on the role of the Internet and geospatial technologies of disaster management, gender and water issues, and cross-cultural environmental histories of river basin management.

Daniel McGrath


Dr. Daniel McGrath is a research scientist and instructor in the Geosciences Department at Colorado State University. McGrath received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder and his M.A. in Geology from Bowdoin College. His research interests are broadly focused on glacier-climate interactions and include field projects in Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska and Patagonia. McGrath is currently teaching a seminar on global climate change. 

Anne Marie Merline


Anne Marie Merline, Ph.D. began teaching at CSU in 1998 for the Sociology department where she taught classes on Gender Roles, General Sociology, Contemporary Race and Ethnic Relations, and Social Stratification. She has been teaching full time with the Honors Program since 2003 and has taught courses on issues such as: Public Education and Inequality, Consumerism and its Effect on the Environment, American Voting Rights History, Human Rights, Expressions and Ideas of Community, and Literature of The Beat Generation. She is the recipient of the 2006 Honors Prof Award.

Jana Raadik Cottrell

Dr. Jana Raadik is an instructor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resrouces at Colorado State University and also a tourism lecturer/researcher at Kuresaare College of Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Jana is a nature-based tourism specialist with an expertise on island community development via sustainable tourism. She completed her PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) at Colorado State University and MS degree at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and is an adjunct instructor with the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Raadik has several years of experience in international resort management and marketing in Europe and also managing her own travel agency overseas, focusing on rural tourism. Currently she is an academic coordinator for an international summer school in sustainable tourism in Estonia, with partnering institutions from France, Finland, Latvia, Sweden, The Netherlands, and UK. Her research focuses on sustainable tourism development on islands and sense of place. Present projects include second homeowners’ studies in island communities and collaborative conservation efforts within protected areas in Europe. Jana is an island girl, who spent her childhood on the westernmost island of the former Soviet Union, which was separated from the rest of the world by the “Iron Curtain.” With her passion in sailing, she is always ready to explore what is behind the horizon.

William Timpson


Dr. William M. Timpson is a professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard University, Bill went on to teach junior and senior high school in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio before completing a doctoral degree in educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While continuing to work with teachers and staff at various levels of schooling, he has directed faculty development efforts at three different research universities and written extensively on postsecondary instruction and innovation as well as how complex and compelling issues can best be taught and learned.

Professor Timpson originated the popular first year Honors seminar on Peacemaking: Skills for Negotiating Life; Making Peace with Self, Others and the Planet. In this seminar he draws on his extensive international experiences, in particular, for a case-based approach to finding common ground.

Pamela Vaughan Knaus


Dr. Knaus received a Ph.D. in Historical Studies in 1996 from Southern Illinois University with an emphasis on American immigration law and United States foreign policy. She joined the University Honors Program in 2009, and offers seminars that examine the United States in the 1960s, and America & Vietnam. Her History Department courses include “Pacific Wars: Korea and Vietnam” and “United States 1877-1917".

Nicole Vieira


Nicole Vieira earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2002, with a dissertation on how wildfires impact stream function and aquatic organisms. She also holds an MS in Fish and Wildlife Biology from CSU (1997), and BS degrees in Civil Engineering and Biology from University of Illinois (1994).  Her career started in the Aquatic Research Unit of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), where she investigated the impacts of disturbances (e.g., pollution, water diversion) on Colorado fisheries. While at CPW, she also served as their water quality expert, testifying on Superfund restoration cases, and working with the Attorney General's office, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and stakeholder groups on pollutions standards and advisories. She contributed to popular media projects, including PBS's Frontline piece on the Pebble Mine, and the documentary "Tapped.” Nicole moved back to CSU in 2011 to share her passion for fish and wildlife conservation with students. She was an assistant professor and advisor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, where she taught courses in fisheries, conservation, research study design, and ecology.  She joined the Honors Program in 2016, and teaches seminars that address wildlife conservation challenges in light of global humanities and cultural issues.

Vicki Volbrecht


Vicki Volbrecht received her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and held a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley, before accepting a position at Colorado State University in the Department of Psychology.  Her research focuses on color perception, in particular 1) what are the neural mechanisms mediating color perception in the peripheral retina, 2) how do color patches that appear different in isolation combine to give an uniform hue percept when the patch is made larger,  and 3) how is color information processed at the cortical level.   

Andrea Williams


Andrea Williams has been teaching at Colorado State University since Fall 2010, and has served as Director of International Studies since Fall 2013. In addition to administrative duties, she teaches INST core curriculum courses as well as courses in European, Islamic, and World History, and Honors. Andrea Williams is a scholar of modern global environmental history. Her current research investigates the social impacts of environmental policy on subaltern populations in the Mediterranean region during the colonial era. She shares my students' thirst for knowledge about the wider world and passion for international experiences and cross-cultural communication. She has studied nearly a dozen languages, including French, German, Arabic, and Turkish. Andrea Williams has visited 24 countries in five continents and has lived in France and Turkey. She hopes to continue to travel and learn much more.  

Sarah Zwick-Tapley


Sarah Zwick-Tapley has worked professionally as an actor, director and comic. She received her MFA in Acting from a joint program between American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and a BA in Acting from Illinois State University .  A member of Actors Equity Association, Ms. Zwick-Tapley’s acting credits include American RepertoryTheatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, the Guthrie, the Moscow Art Theatre and the Kennedy Center in Washington , D.C.  Sarah has worked with such artists as David Mamet, Lee Breuer, Robert Woodruff, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Russian theatre scholar Anatoly Smeliansky.  She is the owner of the consulting company, Zwick-Tapley Communications, a consulting company teaching non-theatre professionals how to approach public speaking as a theatrical art.



Faculty who Teach Honors Courses


  Aaron J Sholders (P)


  Aaron J Sholders (P)


  Jennifer G DeLuca (P), Chaoping Chen


  Tod R Clapp (P), Kenneth Ivie , Carolyn Meyer


  Christianne Magee (P)


  Charles W Miller (P), Deborah A Roess


  Tod R Clapp (P)


  Deborah A Roess (P)




  Shane Kanatous (P)


  Lisa Maria Angeloni (P)


  Janice K Moore (P)


  Christine N Prins (P)


  Deborah Marie Garrity (P), Christine N Prins


  Cameron K Ghalambor (P)


  William F Shuster (P)


  Matthew J Kipper (P)


  Jorge A Ramirez (P)


  Karen Ils Gebhardt (P)


  Branislav M Notaros (P)




  David P Gilkey (P)


  Christopher W Stein (P)


  Catherine A Kennedy (P)


  Eric D Ross (P), Thomas James Santangelo


  Jeffrey C Hansen (P)


  Eric D Ross (P), Jeffrey C Hansen


  William H Clements (P)


  Ruth A Hufbauer (P)


  Burton A Deines (P)


  D Todd Donavan (P)


  Peter A Muller (P)


  Donald A Klein (P)


  Jennifer Lynn McLean (P)


  Erica L Suchman (P)


  Erica L Suchman (P)


  Kurt Kraiger (P)


  Alyssa Danielle Marshall (P)


  John R Brouillette (P)