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

Class meeting in a lounge, with a professor speaking to students assembled and seated around him

Each term Honors College students have the opportunity to take over 40 Honors courses with excited and inventive Towson University 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. 

Honors College students are creative, hard-working young people who are truly concerned about building their futures.  They seize opportunities and become discerning thinkers.  I enjoy working with Honors students because they are dedicated to developing their talents, exploring new interests, and contributing to their communities. ”

Dr. Alison McCartney, Honors Faculty Director and Professor in the Department of Political Science

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.

The Class of 2018 selected Jeffrey Kukucka as the Professor of the Year.

headshot of Jeff Kukucka

Prof. Jeffrey Kukucka completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2014 and his M.A. in Forensic Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2011. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Loyola College in Maryland (B.A., 2009), he became involved in research on conformity and eyewitness memory with Dr. Kerri Goodwin of Towson University while an undergraduate. Now back at TU, Dr. Kukucka's research examines how social and cognitive biases in criminal investigation and adjudication contribute to wrongful convictions. His research has also explored issues such as juror perceptions of forensic science evidence, the impact of racial bias on criminal investigations, post-exoneration adjustment, and the effects of videotaping interrogations on suspects, interrogators, and jurors. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in prominent journals such as Law and Human Behavior, Psychology, Public Policy & Law, and the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

In addition to his strong record in research, Dr. Kukucka teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at TU on research design and behavioral statistics. His innovative Honors College seminar, "Psychology, Law, and Social Justice," ties together many areas of his research adn challenges students to consider how societal and personal biases impact our justice system and its outcomes. Dr. Kukucka is also a recipient of the Psi Chi Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award (2016) and the Psi Chi Regional Faculty Advisor Award (2017).

Past Honors College Professors of the Year

Honors Faculty

Fall 2018

  • Prof. Howard Baetjer (ECON 203: Honors Microeconomic Principles)
  • Prof. Emily Bailey (HONR 370*: Living in Utopia)
  • Prof. Peter Baker (CLST 202: Honors Introduction to Cultural Studies; HONR 370*: Modern World Poetry))
  • Prof. Sharon Becker (ENGL 290*: Less than Zero: The Literature and Culture of Generation X)
  • Prof. Amy Bennett (PSYC 102: Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • Prof. Joseph Clark (TSEM 190*: Water as the Sinew of Human Society)
  • Prof. Elizabeth Clifford (SOCI 102: Honors Introduction to Sociology)
  • Prof. Nicole Fabricant (ANTH 210: Honors Cultural Anthropology; TSEM 190*: Political Economy of Water)
  • Prof. Donna Fox (THEA 102: Honors Acting I)
  • Prof. Jack Fruchtman (POSC 212: Honors Introduction to Political Science)
  • Prof. Alhena Gadotti (HONR 370*: Women in Antiquity)
  • Prof. Seth Gitter (HONR 370*: Survey Research in Developing Countries)
  • Prof. Gary Homana (EDUC 204: Honors History and Contemporary Issues in Education)
  • Prof. Adam Jabbur (TSEM 190*: River Lore in American Literature)
  • Prof. Cynthia Kalodner (HONR 370*: Information: Truth and Social Media)
  • Prof. Gail Kaplan (MATH 283: Honors Calculus I)
  • Prof. Mildred Landrum-Hesser (ENGL 290*: Inventive Voice in America)
  • Prof. Marcella Lightfoot (COMM 132: Honors Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
  • Prof. Jonathan Mattanah (HONR 370*: Psychological Explanations of 20th Century Theater)
  • Prof. John Murungi (HONR 370*: Legacy of Psychoanalysis)
  • Prof. Elizabeth O'Hare (BIOL 192: Honors Introduction to Biology for the Health Professions)
  • 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)
  • Prof. James Roberts (POSC 108: Honors Introduction to International Relations)
  • Prof. Jessica Shiller (HONR 370*: Race, Inequality, and Education)
  • Prof. Nancy Siegel (TSEM 190*: Visions of Water)
  • Prof. Jonathan Vincent (ENGL 290*: Literature and Culture of the Jazz Age)
  • Prof. Niya Werts (HONR 240*: International Foods and Culture)
  • Prof. Evangeline Wheeler (HONR 370*: Rhetoric and Psychology of Conspiratorial Thinking)

Past Academic Terms

Spring 2018
  • Prof. Sharon Becker (ENGL 290*: Less than Zero: The Literature and Culture of Generation X)
  • Prof. Jason Begue (DFST 114: Honors American Sign Language I)
  • Prof. Amy Bennett (PSYC 102: Honors Introduction to Psychology)
  • Prof. Amanda Burnham (ART 146: Honors Drawing for Non-Art Majors)
  • Prof. Carol Caronna (SOCI 102: Honors Introduction to Sociology)
  • Prof. Lillian Carter (HLTH 102: Honors Health: Wellness in a Diverse Society)
  • Prof. Seth Chart (MATH 233: Honors Basic Statistics)
  • Prof. Joseph Clark (TSEM 190*: Honors Towson Seminar: Water)
  • Prof. Colleen Ebacher (HONR 370*: Crossing Borders: Latino Immigration)
  • Prof. Michael Elliott (TSEM 190*: Water as a Global Problem)
  • Prof. Abram Fox (HONR 370*: Comics: Art and Visual Culture)
  • Prof. Cynthia Ghent (HONR 370*: Human Infectious Diseases)
  • Prof. Adam Jabbur (TSEM 190*: River Lore in American Literature)
  • Prof. Ryan King-White (KNES 354: Honors Sport in Society)
  • Prof. Jeffrey Kukucka (HONR 370*: Psychology, Law & Social Justice)
  • Prof. Christina Magaldi (HONR 243*: Brazil, Music & Globalization)
  • Prof. Michael Masatsugu (HIST 148: Honors History: U.S. since the Civil War)
  • Prof. Jonathan Mattanah (HONR 370*: Children's Literature)
  • Prof. Makmiller Pedroso (PHIL 212*: Sex, Death, and Outlaws)
  • Prof. Steven Phillips (HONR 370*: War in China)
  • Prof. Carol Pippen (ENGL 290*: Novels & Films of Jane Austen)
  • Prof. Carol Quinn (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar; ENGL 290*: Rhetoric and Love)
  • Prof. Andrew Reiner (ENGL 190: Honors Writing Seminar; HONR 230*: Mister Rogers 101)
  • Prof. Akim Reinhard (HONR 370*: American Indian History)
  • Prof. Thomas Rhoads (ECON 204: Honors Macroeconomic Principles)
  • Prof. Christa Schmidt (HONR 370*: Positive Psychology)
  • Prof. Erik Scully (BIOL 117: Honors Biology Science of Life; HONR 227*: Evolutionary Perspectives)
  • Prof. Jessica Shiller (HONR 229*: Reforming Urban Schools)
  • Prof. Alexandra Towns (HONR 370*: Plants, People and Society)
  • Prof. Benjamin Warner (ENGL 332: Honors Writing Fiction; HONR 225*: Writing for the Environment)
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 (WMST 233: 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*: River Lore in American Literature)
  • 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)

*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 term multiple sections of a special topics course may be offered with a different topic for each section.