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Administration

Dr. Charles Adams
Dean and Professor of English

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Bio

Dr. Adams came to USF in 2014 from the University of Arkansas, where he was successively Chair of the English Department, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Director of International Education. He has published two books and numerous essays and reviews in his academic field of Early American Literature, and has taught many different courses in American and British Literature, World Literature in English, World Humanities, Native American Literature, and African American Literature. He is especially interested to promote international opportunities for USF students, having directed study abroad programs in several different countries over the course of his career. His completed his B.A. in English and Philosophy at Tulane University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.

Contact Dr. Adams at chadams@honors.usf.edu

Dr. Shawn Bingham
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Dr. Shawn Bingham serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and has been teaching in the Honors College since 2009. Between his duties in the sociology department and the Honors College he has taught courses on culture that address such issues as consumerism, humor, digital worlds and the environment. Over the last decade Dr. Bingham has participated in student trips to Mexico, London and Dublin, and more recently has led weekend cultural trips to Savannah and St. Augustine as part of the Honors College Living Learning Community programming. As a Faculty-in-Residence for the last five years, Dr. Bingham and his family lived in Beta and Juniper-Poplar Halls, where they regularly hosted co-curricular events, including an international film series. He has published books on Henry David Thoreau (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008) and political art (Lexington, 2012), and will soon complete books that examine disability and humor (Lynn Reinner Press) and the bohemian South (UNC Press). As an undergraduate he attended Flagler College and then completed graduate studies at The University of Maryland and American University (DC). He was a 2012 recipient of the Provost's Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Contact Dr. Bingham at bingham@usf.edu

Dr. Sayan Basu
Director of the Office of National Scholarships

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Dr. Sayandeb Basu joined the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) as its new director in May 2016 from the University of the Pacific in California, where he was faculty in Physics and the Honors College. Dr. Basu is a theoretical physicist and has published on quantum physics, and on the physics of black holes for more than a decade. He experienced a global education, including in India, at the University of Cambridge UK, and at the University of California, Davis, where he obtained his Ph.D. Dr. Basu’s passion is nurturing students to become architects of their personal academic and professional goals. He had a successful stint at the University of the Pacific as the chief STEM liaison for the office of fellowships; He combined his love of culture, language, international study experience and mentoring skills to help foster the cause for a campus culture where faculty, students, and peers joined forces to make student success a habit rather than a cliché. At the University of South Florida, he brings this enthusiasm and commitment to the ONS, to make his office one of the key hubs of achievement and intellectual accomplishments for USF students.  

Contact Dr. Basu at sayandeb@honors.usf.edu

Ms. Judy Kane
Director of Development

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Judy Kane leads the development effort for the Honors College as part of the USF Foundation advancement team. Ms. Kane connects individuals with a passion for supporting education to Honors College priorities including academic scholarships, studying abroad, and research projects. Whether to discuss an annual donation or planned gift for the future, Ms. Kane and the academic leadership of the Honors College are readily available at 813-974-1246 or kane@honors.usf.edu. Prior to returning to her alma mater in the fall of 2005, Ms. Kane worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay for 15 years as Vice President of Development and continues to volunteer for the organization as a Big Sister to Little Brother Brandon. After graduating from USF with a B.A. in Mass Communications (Public Relations and Advertising), Ms. Kane spent 13 years working in the NFL at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Player Personnel.

Contact Ms. Kane at kane@honors.usf.edu

Ms. Amy Harroun
Director of Communications and Marketing

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Amy Harroun serves as the Communications and Marketing Director for the Honors College. She oversees the College's communication initiatives and serves as a liaison for key community stakeholders. Mrs. Harroun has more than a decade of professional communications experience, including work in business, nonprofit, and higher education communities. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and a M.A. in Business Administration from St. Leo University.

Contact Ms. Harroun at aharroun@usf.edu

Ms. Cayla Lanier
Director of Academic Advising

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Cayla Lanier serves as the Director of Advising after spending the last eight years as an Honors College advisor. She has a passion for connecting with students to help them discover their potential, refine their goals, and find their purpose. Ms. Lanier directs the College’s Peer Mentor and Tour Guide programs, and has also led five study abroad trips to Costa Rica. In addition, she has hosted many events in the LLC, from "Cooking with Cayla," to etiquette workshops and advising programs. Her favorite thing in life is good conversation over hot coffee and cookies. She completed her B.A. in Marketing, with Honors College Distinction, here at the University of South Florida, and M.A. in Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Lanier begins work toward a Ph.D. in Communication in Fall 2016. 

Contact Ms. Lanier at cclanier@honors.usf.edu

Advisors

Mr. Reginald Lucien
Associate Director for International and Residential Programs 

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Mr. Lucien joined the Honors staff in August 2006. Prior to joining the Honors College Mr. Lucien was the director of a not-for-profit community technology center in Miami, Florida. He earned his B.A. degree in Communication from Florida State University and his M.A. degree in Education from the great University of South Florida.

Contact Mr. Lucien at lucien@honors.usf.edu

Mr. Arnaldo Mejias
Associate Director of Advising for Health Professions

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Mr. Mejias serves as an advisor for the Honors College's Articulated Pre-Health Programs, including 7-Year BS/MD | BS/PharmD | BS/DMD Programs, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Guaranteed Admissions Pathway, and the Honors Pipeline for the Master of Science Pre-Professional Program (MP3). He also serves as the University's coordinator for Early Admission & Dual Enrollment. After seven years as an advisor at SUNY New Paltz, Mr. Mejias joined the Honors staff in 2005 and has since served a variety of roles. He earned a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A lifelong learner, Mr. Mejias completed advanced graduate work in student development at the University of Rhode Island, earned an M.A. in Adult Education at USF, and completed a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Ethics through the Morsani College of Medicine. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Adult Education at USF.

Contact Mr. Mejias at mejias@honors.usf.edu

Ms. Krysta Banke
Academic Advisor

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Ms. Banke joined the Honors College in January 2015, after serving as an Academic Advisor in Engineering for three years. Prior to that, she was a First Year Enrichment and Study Skills Instructor and Success Coach at Rochester Institute of Technology. She advises students in Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Behavioral and Community Sciences, as well as the Jenkins and Holcombe Scholars. Ms. Banke has taught English in the United States and Mexico. She completed a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Guilford College and a M.A. degree in Education with a concentration in TESOL at Nazareth College. She is also a part-time doctoral student in English Composition at USF. She loves helping people to make their dreams come true.

Contact Ms. Banke at krystabanke@usf.edu

Ms. Megan Braunstein
Academic Advisor

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Ms. Braunstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Florida in May 2013. After serving as a Language Assistant with the University of Florida’s English Language Institute teaching conversational English to international students at UF, she decided to pursue graduate education at USF. While serving as the Graduate Assistant for the Honors College Student Council for two years, she earned and subsequently graduated with her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs. Upon graduation, she took a job with Northeastern University’s N.U.in Program and led a study abroad program for freshmen STEM students to University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland for the fall semester. She is thrilled to be rejoining the vibrant community of the USF Honors College in a new, exciting role advising Business, Education, and Social Science students.

Contact Ms. Braunstein at mbraunstein@honors.usf.edu

Ms. Amanda Cutchens
Academic Advisor

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Amanda Cutchens earned her B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida in May 2007. She moved to Tampa in 2008 and worked as a graduate assistant to the Holcombe Scholars in the USF Honors College for two years while pursuing her graduate degree. In May 2010, she graduated with her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in College Student Affairs. She rejoins the Honors College staff now as an Academic Advisor, after a brief period in the Transitional Advising Center working with conditionally admitted students. She works with the Honors Engineering students, the Honors College Student Council HCSC, and looks forward to the many opportunities that the Honors College offers students and staff at USF.

Contact Ms. Cutchens at acutchens@honors.usf.edu

Mr. Carter Harbert
Academic Advisor

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Mr. Carter Harbert earned his B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Maryville University of St. Louis in 2014 before marrying his high-school sweetheart and moving to Tampa. There he pursued his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida. During his two years of graduate study, he worked as the graduate assistant for Living Learning Communities in Residential Life and Education, served on the University Conduct Board with Student Rights and Responsibilities, and interned at Boston College benchmarking their Residential Ministry program with other Jesuit and Catholic institutions. Carter also had the privilege of serving as a representative on the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Committee at USF that was tasked with reviewing and selecting a private housing development partner and plans for the new residential village to be completed in 2019. He completed his degree and joined the Honors College as an Academic Advisor for Pre-Health majors in spring of 2016.

Contact Mr. Harbert at harbert@honors.usf.edu

Ms. Alicia Jones
Academic Advisor

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Ms. Jones joined the Honors College in the summer of 2016. She advises Honors Pre-Health and Business students. With degrees in International Studies and Education, she has a diverse career background in higher education. Her prior work experience includes academic advising, managing international programs and participants, and analyzing foreign education credentials. 

 Contact Ms. Jones at awj@honors.usf.edu

 

Staff

Ms. Joan Field
Assistant to the Dean

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Ms. Field joined the Honors College staff as the Academic Services Administrator in January of 2005, before being promoted to Assistant to the Dean in October of 2014. She assists with Honors College class scheduling, hiring, student permits, thesis paperwork, and works with Ms. Hsieh on payroll and fiscal/budget matters. She assists the Dean with a number of responsibilities to support him in the administration of the College. Previously, Ms. Field worked for more than 12 years at a private school for gifted and talented students with the last five years spent as school administrator. Ms. Field earned her B.S. degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from the University of Florida.

Contact Ms. Field at field@honors.usf.edu

Ms. Cathy Hsieh
Business Fiscal Analyst

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Ms. Hsieh joined the Honors staff in December 2010. Prior to joining the Honors College, she worked in the Anchin Center as a fiscal specialist. She received her M.S. in Accounting from the University of West Florida. Ms. Hsieh handles business support services and fiscal requirements for Honors College.

Contact Ms. Hsieh at khsieh@honors.usf.edu

Mr. Mark Friday
Staff Assistant

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Mr. Friday is the Honors Staff Assistant. He is in the main Honors office, ALN 241, and will be the first person to greet you. Mr. Friday answers and directs incoming calls, distributes mail, and assists the staff.

Contact Mr. Friday at friday@honors.usf.edu

Office of National Scholarships

Dr. Sayan Basu
Director of the Office of National Scholarships

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Dr. Sayandeb Basu joined the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) as its new director in May 2016 from the University of the Pacific in California, where he was faculty in Physics and the Honors College. Dr. Basu is a theoretical physicist and has published on quantum physics, and on the physics of black holes for more than a decade. He experienced a global education, including in India, at the University of Cambridge UK, and at the University of California, Davis, where he obtained his PhD. Dr. Basu’s passion is nurturing students to become architects of their personal academic and professional goals. He had a successful stint at the University of the Pacific as the chief STEM liaison for the office of fellowships; He combined his love of culture, language, international study experience and mentoring skills to help foster the cause for a campus culture where faculty, students, and peers joined forces to make student success a habit rather than a cliché. At the University of South Florida, he brings this enthusiasm and commitment to the ONS, to make his office one of the key hubs of achievement and intellectual accomplishments for USF students.  

 Contact Dr. Basu at sayandeb@honors.usf.edu

Ms. Lauren Chambers
Associate Director of the Office of National Scholarships 

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Ms. Chambers joined the Honors College in 2008, and the Office of National Scholarships in 2011. She is currently the Associate Director of the Office of National Scholarships (ONS), and the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) for USF. Ms. Chambers has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Florida. She is a member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) and has presented at NAFA conferences on the connection between appreciative advising and fellowships advising. Ms. Chambers published an article in the Journal of Appreciative Education titled “The Subtleties of Appreciative Advising: Expanding Practices Beyond the Conversation.” 

Contact Ms. Chambers at lschumac@honors.usf.edu

Mr. Robert Annis
Office of National Scholarships Advisor

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Mr. Robert Annis joined the team at the Office of National Scholarships as an Advisor in 2015. Previously, he worked for ONS as a Writing Consultant while teaching English courses at USF. He received a B.A. degree in Creative Writing and a M.FA. degree in Poetry from the University of South Florida. Robert has published poetry in literary journals around the world including Exit 7, Atlas Poetica, Lynx, Gusts, American Tanka, Foothill and Oracle.

Contact Mr. Annis at rannis@honors.usf.edu

Mr. Ryan Graydon
Office of National Scholarships Graduate Assistant

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Mr. Ryan Graydon grew up in a rural community near Findlay, Ohio. While earning a B.S. degree in Exercise Science at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, Ryan played linebacker on the Trojans football team, worked as a personal trainer, and performed the first research in Taylors Human Performance Laboratory studying the effect of training on muscle architecture and performance. From Taylor, Ryan was hired as an intern on the Olympic Strength and Conditioning staff at the Ohio State University where he trained athletes from 35 varsity sports and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Passionate about learning and serving people everywhere, Ryan has traveled to 19 countries on several shortterm mission trips including the World Race, a program of Adventures in Missions where he partnered with local Christians in 11 countries in 11 months. Learning firsthand the challenges facing developing communities around the globe, Ryans goal is to provide sustainable clean water solutions as part of holistic community development. Now at the University of South Florida, he will earn a M.S. of Public Health in Global Health Practice and a Graduate Certificate in Water, Health, and Sustainability while serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Office of National Scholarships.

 Contact Mr. Graydon at rgraydon@usf.edu