Faculty

The Honors College has talented professors who love to inspire students. Outstanding teachers, prominent researchers, authors and scholars offer insights in their fields of study. Honors faculty represent a range of academic disciplines and are among the most innovative at Towson University.

In the Classroom

Honors classroom

 Each semester Honors College students have the opportunity to take over 40 Honors courses with excited and inventive Towson faculty members. With course enrollments limited to 20 students and a focus on the seminar-style discussion format, students have the opportunity to build connections with faculty from day one on campus. The Honors College believes that the undergraduate experience is enhanced by a collaborative learning philosophy which encourages students and faculty to work side-by-side in the classroom.

Honors College seminars are proposed by faculty members with the specific intention of enabling students and faculty to examine areas that are not usually part of regular departmental offerings. Honors seminars provide a robust and collegial discussion environment that is intellectually demanding, and encourage undergraduate research, interdisciplinary perspectives, critical thinking, and global awareness. Honors seminars often deal with topics that are at the forefront of a faculty member's academic inquiry, and which have direct relevance to world in which we live.

Faculty-Led Research

Honors student conducting a scientific experiment with a faculty member assisting by showing her information in a book

 Honors students work one-on-one with TU faculty in the pursuit of Honors electives like internships, independent studies, and thesis writing. Faculty supervision allows Honors students the opportunity to gain valuable experience engaging in work which will prepare them for graduate study or the working world. 

Some recent examples of Honors students gaining recognition for their elective research include:

  • Two Honors senior chemistry majors examining an organic chemical compound with medical possibilities for their Honors theses with Dr. Keith Reber: Antiviral mold research grows into endowed chair honor
  • An Honors junior's independent study on NFL marketing to female audiences led to a conference presentation in Wisconsin: Women are key to NFL's future growth
  • An Honors senior, Nick McKinley, co-designed an Honors course on literature with Professor Cynthia Ghent of the Department of Biological Sciences, HONR370: Dystopia through the Lens of Fiction, offered for the first time in the fall 2016 semester

In the Admissions Process

Honors College faculty who spend their time teaching Honors students are the best equipped to assess a prospective student's readiness for success in the Honors classroom. Each year approximately 50 TU faculty assist in the Honors College application review process by reading incoming freshman and transfer student applications. This effort allows the Honors College to take a holistic approach to assessing applications and ensure that all applicant-submitted material is considered by one or more reviewers.

Honors College Professor of the Year

Each year, all graduating Honors students are invited to nominate a faculty member for Honors College Professor of the Year.

This year the Class of 2017 selected Benjamin Warner as the Professor of the Year.

Professor Benjamin Warner (M.F.A., Cornell University) is a lecturer in the Department of English at Towson University. Prior to joining TU in 2007 Professor Warner was an instructor at Wells College and a lecturer at the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University. He has has published ten short stories and written ten pieces of non-fiction and journalism, including "The Time the Homeless Wrote Poetry" in The Washington Post Magazine and "White Pride in My Classroom" for Salon.com. The latter article was selected for Salon.com's The Year in Life Essays. In 2016 he published his first novel, Thirst, which has been reviewed in several publications in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India. It was selected as an "April Must-Read" in Entertainment Weekly and "Thriller of the Week" in The Mail on Sunday (UK). 

A regular presenter at regional book festivals, book stores, and forums, Professor Warner also helps others with their writing as founder and editor of Voices of and Visions: An Anthology of Poetry from the Homeless (2011-2014), assistant editor of Narrative Magazine (2010-2012), and a staff member for the Baltimore Writers' Conference. He is the advisor for the TU Fiction Workshop, TU Urban Farm, and Tigers Giving Hope to the Homeless. For the TU Honors College he has taught two very popular courses: "Honors Writing Fiction" and "Writing for the Environment." Honors College students nominated him due to his dedication to their learning, academic, and personal development.

Past Honors College Professors of the Year:

Our Honors Faculty

Fall 2017

  • Prof. Howard Baetjer (ECON 203: Honors Microeconomic Principles)
  • Prof. Peter Baker (CLST 202: Honors Introduction to Cultural Studies; HONR 370*: The Idea of the University)
  • Prof. Deborah Barer (HONR 370*: Interpreting Genesis)
  • Prof. Jameta Barlow (TSEM 190*: Honors Women in Perspective)
  • Prof. Sharon Becker (ENGL 290*: Culture, Alienation, Boredom, and Despair)
  • Prof. Amy Bennett (PSYC 102: Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • Prof. Carol Caronna (SOCI 102: Honors Introduction to Sociology)
  • Prof. Lillian Carter (HONR 370*: Becoming Sexually Healthy)
  • Prof. Michael Elliott (TSEM 190*: Water as a Global Problem)
  • Prof. Nicole Fabricant (ANTH 210: Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; TSEM 190*: The Anthropology of Water)
  • Prof. Erin Fehskens (TSEM 190*: Water from the Perspective of English)
  • Prof. Abram Fox (HONR 370*: Comics: Art and Visual Culture)
  • Prof. Donna Fox (THEA 102: Honors Acting I)
  • Prof. Jack Fruchtman (POSC 212*: Honors in Political Science: Politics and Court in the American Government)
  • Prof. Gary Homana (EDUC 204*: Honors History and Contemporary Issues in Education)
  • Prof. Cynthia Kalodner (HONR 370*: Information: Truth and Social Media)
  • Prof. Sya Kedzior (TSEM 190*: Water from the Perspective of Geography)
  • Prof. Mildred Landrum-Hesser (ENGL 290*: Inventive Voice in America(s))
  • Prof. James McFalls (MUSC 125: Honors History of Jazz)
  • Prof. Salvatore Pappalardo (ENGL 290*: Political History of the Novel)
  • Prof. Carol Pippen (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar)
  • Prof. Carol Quinn (ENGL 290*: Rhetoric and Love)
  • Prof. Rachel Rea (GEOL 122: Honors Physical Geology)
  • Prof. Andrew Reiner (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar; HONR 370*: Real Men Smile: The Changing Face of Masculinity)
  • Prof. Molly Ruhlman (POSC 108: Honors Introduction to International Relations_
  • Prof. Ellyn Sheffield (HONR 370*: The Developing Brain)
  • Prof. Jessica Shiller (HONR 370*: Race, Inequality and Education)
  • Prof. Lisa Turowski (COMM 132: Honors Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
  • Prof. Benjamin Warner (HONR 225*: Writing for the Environment)
  • Prof. Jay Zimmerman (MATH 283: Honors Calculus I)

 

Spring 2017

  • Prof. Peter Baker (HONR 230*: Ginsberg and Burroughs, HONR 370*: Modern World Poetry)
  • Prof. Geoffrey Becker (ENGL 332: Honors Writing Fiction)
  • Prof. Sharon Becker (ENGL 290*: Culture, Alienation, Boredom, and Despair)
  • Prof. Jason Begue (DFST 114: Honors American Sign Language)
  • Prof. Amy Bennett (PSYC 102: Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • Prof. Gail Brickman (MATH 293: Explorations and Connections)
  • Prof. Lillian Carter (HONR 370*: Becoming Sexually Healthy)
  • Prof. Joseph Clark (TSEM 190: Honors Towson Seminar: Water)
  • Prof. Michael Elliott (HONR 370*: Making Sense of Globalization)
  • Prof. Nicole Fabricant (TSEM 190: Honors Towson Seminar: Water)
  • Prof. Erin Fehskens (HONR 345*: Literature and Ethics of Violence and Reconciliation)
  • Prof. Donna Fox (THEA 102: Honors Acting I)
  • Prof. Jack Fruchtman (POSC 212: Politics and Court in the American Government)
  • Prof. Barry Gittlen (HONR 370*: Exploring Biblical Archaeology)
  • Prof. Seth Gitter (HONR 370*: Economic Issues in Latin America)
  • Prof. Gary Homana (EDUC 204: Honors Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society)
  • Prof. Adam Jabbur (TSEM 190: Honors Towson Seminar: Water)
  • Prof. Salvatore Pappalardo (ENGL 290*: Demonology and Witchcraft)
  • Prof. Carol Pippen (ENGL 290*: Novels & Films of Jane Austen)
  • Prof. Sonali Raje (CHEM 115: Honors Chemistry for Allied Helath Professions I)
  • Prof. Andrew Reiner (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar, HONR 230*: Mr. Rogers 101: Why Community and Civility Matter in the 21st Century, HONR 370*: Real Men Smile: The Changing Face of Masculinity)
  • Prof. Thomas Rhoads (ECON 204: Honors Macroeconomic Principles)
  • Prof. Christa Schmidt (HONR 370*: Positive Psychology)
  • Prof. Erik Scully (HONR 227*: Evolutionary Perspectives)
  • Prof. Ellyn Sheffield (HONR 370*: The Developing Brain)
  • Prof. Jessica Shiller (HONR 229*: The Possibilities and Challenges of Reforming Urban Schools)
  • Prof. Nancy Siegel (TSEM 190: Honors Towson Seminar: Water)
  • Prof. Alexandra Towns (HONR 370*: Plants, People and Society)
  • Prof. Jonathan Vincent (ENGL 290*: U.S. Literature and Cultures of the Jazz Age)
  • Prof. Benjamin Warner (HONR 225*: Writing for the Environment)
  • Prof. Niya Werts (HONR 240*: International Food and Culture)
  • Prof. Bethany Willis-Hepp (FMST 102: Honors Introduction to Family Studies)

Fall 2016

  • Prof. Howard Baetjer (ECON 203: Honors Macroeconomic Principles)
  • Prof. Peter Baker (CLST 202: Honors Introduction to Cultural Studies, HONR 370*: Idea of the University)
  • Prof. Jameta Barlow (WMST 232: Honors Women in Perspective)
  • Prof. Sharon Becker (ENGL 290*: Culture, Alienation, Boredom, and Despair)
  • Prof. Amy Bennett (PSYC 102: Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • Prof. Gail Brickman (MATH 283: Honors Calculus I)
  • Prof. Danice Brown (HONR 370*: Multicultural Psychology)
  • Prof. Carol Caronna (SOCI 102: Honors Introduction to Sociology)
  • Prof. Lillian Carter (HLTH 102: Honors: Wellness in a Diverse Society)
  • Prof. Isabel Castro-Vázquez (SPAN 203: Honors Spanish: Intermediate I)
  • Prof. Michael Elliott (TSEM 190*: Water as a Global Problem)
  • Prof. Christos Evangeliou (HONR 235*: Legacy of Socrates)
  • Prof. Erin Fehskens (HONR 345*: Literature of Ethics, Violence, and Reconciliation, TSEM 190*: Honors Towson Seminar: Water)
  • Prof. Donna Fox (THEA 102: Honors Acting I)
  • Prof. Alhena Gadotti (HONR 370*: Women in Antiquity)
  • Prof. Cynthia Ghent (HONR 370*: Dystopia Through the Lens of Fiction)
  • Prof. Juana Green-Nicoletta (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar)
  • Prof. Beth Haller (MCOM 102: Honors Introduction to Mass Communication)
  • Prof. Eileen Hayes (HONR 240*: Music and Politics)
  • Prof. Pamela Healey (BIOL 192: Honors Introductory Biology for the Health Professions)
  • Prof. Gary Homana (EDUC 204: Honors Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society)
  • Prof. Adam Jabbur (TSEM 190*: River Lore in American Literature)
  • Prof. Cynthia Kalodner (HONR 370*: Info: Truth and Social Media)
  • Prof. Sya Kedzior (TSEM 190*: Honors Towson Seminar: Water)
  • Prof. Ryan King-White (KNES 354: Honors Sport and Society)
  • Prof. Cristina Magaldi (HONR 243*: Brazil, Music, and Globalization)
  • Prof. Jonathan Mattanah (HONR 370*: Childrens Literature)
  • Prof. James McFalls (MUSC 125: Honors History of Jazz)
  • Prof. Salvatore Pappalardo (ENGL 290*: Demonology and Witchcraft)
  • Prof. Steven Phillips (HONR 370*: War in China)
  • Prof. Carol Quinn (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar)
  • Prof. Rachel Rea (GEOL 122: Honors Physical Geology)
  • Prof. Andrew Reiner (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar, ENGL 290*: Real Job: Leading a Life that Matters, HONR 370*: Changing Face of Masculinity)
  • Prof. Molly Ruhlman (POSC 108: Honors Introduction to International Relations)
  • Prof. Jessica Shiller (HONR 370*: Race, Inequity, and Education)
  • Prof. Nora Sturges (ART 146: Honors Drawing for Non-Art Majors)
  • Prof. Niya Werts (HONR 240*: International Food and Culture)
  • Prof. Erin Witte (COMM132: Honors Fundamental of Speech Communication)

Spring 2016

  • Prof. Peter Baker (HONR 230*: Ginsberg and Burroughs)
  • Prof. Barbara Bass (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar)
  • Prof. Sharon Becker (ENGL 290*: Culture, Alienation, Boredom, and Despair)
  • Prof. Amy Bennett (PSYC 102: Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • Prof. Gail Brickman (MATH 293: Honors Seminar in Mathematics)
  • Prof. Alan Britt (HONR 230*: Ginsberg and Burroughs)
  • Prof. Lillian Carter (HONR 370*: Becoming Sexually Healthy)
  • Prof. Thomas Ciufo (HONR 370*: Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art)
  • Prof. Matthew Durington (ANTH 210: Honors Cultural Anthropology)
  • Prof. Colleen Ebacher (HONR 370*: Migration of Hispanics in the US)
  • Prof. Michael Elliott (SOCI 102: Honors Introduction to Sociology)
  • Prof. Christos Evangeliou (HONR 235*: Legacy of Socrates)
  • Prof. Erin Fehskens (HONR 370*: Literature of Ethics, Violence, and Reconciliation)
  • Prof. Ronald Fenicle (DFST 114: Honors American Sign Language I)
  • Prof. Donna Fox (THEA 102: Honors Acting I)
  • Prof. Jack Fruchtman (POSC 212*: Honors in Political Science)
  • Prof. Seth Gitter (HONR 370*: Economic Issues in Latin America)
  • Prof. Gary Homana (EDUC 204: Honors Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society)
  • Prof. Michael Korzi (POSC 102: Honors Introduction to Political Science)
  • Prof. Jeffrey Kukucka (HONR 370*: Psychology, Law & Social Justice)
  • Prof. Cristina Magaldi (HONR 230*: Popular Music: US in the 1970s)
  • Prof. Makmiller Pedroso (PHIL 212*: The Philosophy of Biology)
  • Prof. Carol Pippen (ENGL 290*: Austen and the Brontës)
  • Prof. Andrew Reiner (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar, ENGL 290*: Memoir as Self Discovery, HONR 370*: Changing Face of Masculinity)
  • Prof. Akim Reinhardt (HIST 162: Honors American Indian History)
  • Prof. Thomas Rhoads (ECON 204: Honors Macroeconomic Principles)
  • Prof. Erik Scully (BIOL 117: Honors Biology: The Science of Life, HONR 227*: Evolutionary Perspectives in Biology)
  • Prof. Jessica Shiller (HONR 229*: Reforming Urban Schools)
  • Prof. Jonathan Vincent (ENGL 290*: American Literature in the Atomic Age: 1945-89)
  • Prof. Benjamin Warner (ENGL 332: Honors Writing Fiction, HONR 225*: Writing for the Environment)
  • Prof. Niya Werts (HONR 240*: International Food and Culture)
  • Prof. Bethany Willis Hepp (FMST 102: Honors Introduction to Family Studies)
  • Prof. David Zang (HONR 370*: American Sports in the Vietnam Era)

Fall 2015

  • Prof. Howard Baetjer (ECON 203: Honors Microeconomic Principles)
  • Prof. Peter Baker (CLST 202: Honors Introduction to Cultural Studies, HONR 370*: Idea of the University)
  • Prof. Barbara Bass (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar)
  • Prof. Sharon Becker (ENGL 290*: Culture, Alienation, Boredom, and Despair)
  • Prof. Amy Bennett (PSYC 102: Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • Prof. Bethany Brand (HONR 370*: The Impact of Trauma on Individuals and Society)
  • Prof. Gail Brickman (MATH 283: Honors Calculus I)
  • Prof. Carol Caronna (SOCI 102: Honors Introduction to Sociology)
  • Prof. Lillian Carter (HONR 370*: Becoming Sexually Healthy)
  • Prof. Isabel Castro-Vázquez (SPAN 203: Honors Spanish: Intermediate I)
  • Prof. Erin Fehskens (HONR 243*: Global Literature)
  • Prof. Donna Fox (THEA 102: Honors Acting I)
  • Prof. Jack Fruchtman (POSC 212*: Politics and the Supreme Court)
  • Prof. Beth Haller (MCOM 102: Honors Introduction to Mass Communication)
  • Prof. Cynthia Kalodner (HONR 370*: Info: Truth and Social Media)
  • Prof. Ryan King-White (KNES 354: Honors Sport and Society)
  • Prof. William Kleinsasser (HONR 370*: Engaging Audio & Video Possibilities)
  • Prof. Irena Makarushka (HONR 370*: The Meaning of Life)
  • Prof. Cristina Magaldi (HONR 243*: Brazil, Music, and Globalization)
  • Prof. James McFalls (MUSC 125: Honors History of Jazz)
  • Prof. Salvatore Pappalardo (ENGL 290*: The Political History of the Novel)
  • Prof. Makmiller Pedroso (PHIL 212*: The Philosophy of Biology)
  • Prof. Carol Pippen (ENGL 290*: Austen and the Brontës)
  • Prof. Carol Quinn (ENGL 290*: Rhetoric and Love)
  • Prof. Sonali Raje (CHEM 115: Honors Chemistry for Allied Health Professions)
  • Prof. Andrew Reiner (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar, HONR 230*: Mr. Rogers 101, HONR370*: Changing Face of Masculinity)
  • Prof. Molly Ruhlman (POSC 108: Honors Introduction to International Relations)
  • Prof. Jessica Shiller (HONR 229*: Reforming Urban Schools)
  • Prof. John Sivey (HONR 227*: The Polluted States of America)
  • Prof. Jonathan Vincent (ENGL 290*: Modernity, Jazz, and the Cuture of the Great War)
  • Prof. Benjamin Warner (HONR 225*: Writing for the Environment)
  • Prof. Niya Werts (HONR 240*: International Food and Culture)

*Denotes a special topics course. Special topics courses such as ENGL 290 or HONR 370 share broad methodological approaches while addressing specific subject matter relevant to the each instructor. In any given semester multiple sections of a special topics course may be offered with a different subject for each section.