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Our Team

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College Leadership

Dean Charles Adams

DR. CHARLES ADAMS
DEAN AND PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH

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.

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Young

DR. Benjamin Scott Young
ASSISTANT DEAN

Bio.

Dr. Benjamin Scott Young serves as the Assistant Dean as well as a full-time instructor in the Judy Genshaft Honors College and the USF Department of Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of South Florida and his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Eckerd College. His research investigates the dynamics of perception, emotion, desire, and normative moral intuitions in relation to social and ecological systems. Ultimately, he aims to contribute to our understanding of human flourishing - with regards to the person, community, and environment.

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Sayan Basu

DR. SAYAN BASU
DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Bio.

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

 

Judy Kane

MS. JUDY KANE
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Bio.

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. 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

 

 

 

Amy Harroun

MS. AMY HARROUN
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

Bio.

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 

 

 

 

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MS. CAYLA LANIER
DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC ADVISING

Bio.

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 is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Communication.

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

 

Faculty Team

Advising Team

Reginald Lucien

MR. REGINALD LUCIEN
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR INTERNATIONAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS

Bio.

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. He loves all things technology and serves as the Honors College liaison to central IT. Mr. Lucien also serves as an advisor for Pre-Nursing, BMS, CHM, and others pursuing a career in health professions.

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

Mr. Arnaldo Mejias

MR. ARNALDO MEJIAS
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADVISING FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Bio.

Mr. Mejias serves as an advisor for the Honors College's Articulated Pre-Health Programs, including 7-Year BS/MD | 7-Year BS/PharmD | DO & DMD Early Acceptance Programs (EAP) with LECOM, Guaranteed Admissions Pathways (GAP) for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Doctor of Audiology (AuD), 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.

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

Krysta Banke

MS. KRYSTA BANKE
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Bio.

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

MS. MEGAN BRAUNSTEIN
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Bio.

Ms. Braunstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Florida in May 2013. While serving as the Graduate Assistant for the Honors College Student Council for two years, she earned her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs and graduated in May 2016. After leading a study abroad program for freshmen STEM students to University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland as part of Northeastern University’s N.U.in Program for a semester, Megan returned home to the Judy Genshaft Honors College. She is thrilled to be part of the vibrant community of the the college, advising College of Business, College of Education, Mass Communications, and Pre-Law Social Science students and serving as the Staff Advisor for the Honors College Student Council and Program Coordinator for the Genshaft Global Presidential Scholarship Program.

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

 

 

 

Carter Harbert

MR. CARTER HARBERT
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Bio.

Mr. Harbert earned his B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Maryville University of St. Louis in 2014 before moving to Tampa where he earned 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 at USF, he worked as the Graduate Assistant for Living Learning Communities in Residential Life and Education, served on the University Conduct Board, and interned at Boston College with the Residential Ministry program. Carter also had the privilege of serving as a representative on the Public-Private Partnership 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. After completing his M.Ed. at USF, he joined the Honors College as an Academic Advisor. He advises Pre-Health and Public Health students.

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

Cayla Lanier

MS. Cayla Lanier
DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC ADVISING

Bio.

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 is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Communication.

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

Ms. Danielle Sanford

MS. DANIELLE SANFORD
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Bio.

Ms. Sanford earned her B.S. in Hospitality, Recreation, and Resort Management with a minor in Public Administration from the University of West Florida in May 2013. She moved to Tampa, FL to pursue her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs at USF. During her time in graduate school, Danielle worked as the graduate assistant over Leadership Development in Residence Education, an Assistant Residence Life Coordinator in Poplar Hall, served on the University Conduct Board, and interned at Simmons College in Boston, MA overseeing their orientation programs. Danielle completed her degree, and moved to Texas to work at Texas A&M University – Commerce as a Community Director for Residential Living and Learning, overseeing a suite-style building of 558 beds that housed three Living Learning Communities. Danielle loves to help students recognize and identify how their passions can filter into their life’s work. Danielle’s position includes oversight of majors in Humanities and Social Sciences, along with overseeing the Peer Mentor program.

Contact Ms. Sanford at daniellelynn@honors.usf.edu

 

 

 

 



 

College Staff

Grace Beck

MS. GRACE BECK
ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Bio.

Grace graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016 with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She continued her studies at USF and received her M.S. in Marketing in December 2017. She worked at the Honors College as a Peer Mentor and Graduate Assistant and is a proud alumna. As an undergraduate, she interned in multiple USF departments, primarily University Communications and Marketing, where she found her passion for higher education marketing. As Admissions Coordinator, Grace helps recruit high-achieving students to the Honors College as well as oversees all admissions processes. Outside of USF, you can find Grace at improv class, trivia, the gym, or hanging out with friends.

Contact Ms. Beck at gbeck@usf.edu

Joan Field

MS. JOAN FIELD
ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN

Bio.

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

Mark Friday

MR. MARK FRIDAY
STAFF ASSISTANT

Bio.

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  

Cathy Hsieh

MS. CATHY HSIEH
BUSINESS FISCAL ANALYST

Bio.

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 the Honors College.

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

Elizabeth Leroux

MS. ELIZABETH LEROUX
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS COORDINATOR

Bio.

Elizabeth LeRoux grew up in the Tampa Bay region, but left to attend Boston College in 2011. She graduated with her B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2015. Having worked extensively with students during her undergraduate experience through leading orientation and various retreat programs, she decided to enter the field of Higher Education. For the next two years she worked as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Northeastern University recruiting high-talent students throughout the country. In the Fall of 2017 she returned to Boston College to pursue her Master’s in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs. While earning her degree she worked in the Office of First Year Experience at Boston College, assisting first year students with their college transition. Upon graduating with her M.A. in May of 2019, she decided to make the move back to Tampa. She is excited to have returned home and to be working with the National Merit Scholars in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at USF!

Contact Ms. Leroux at eleroux@honors.usf.edu  

Jennifer Morgan

MS. JENNIFER MORGAN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI PROGRAMS

Bio.

Jennifer Morgan joined Honor College as the Assistant Director of Alumni Programs in October 2017. She is a USF alumna with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. She has seven years in higher education experience, working in Student Affairs for the Florida Gulf Coast University and as a Development Specialist at the MUMA College of Business. As Assistant Director of Alumni Programs she engages and cultivates relationships with Honors College Alumni, with the goal of building a strong alumni network and community. 

Contact Ms. Morgan at jmorgan4@honors.usf.edu 

Marco Nardiello

MR. MARCO NARDIELLO
DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Bio.

Marco graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016 with a B.A. in History. Prior to graduating, he worked as a Student Assistant and Peer Mentor in the Honors College. As Development Specialist, Marco works for the USF Foundation in donor relations, fund management, and scholarship administration. Marco has also previously participated in USF’s Common Reading Experience Selection Committee and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Outside of USF, his hobbies include playing guitar, reading, and pet-sitting.

Contact Mr. Nardiello at marcon@usf.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office of National Scholarships Team

Sayan Basu

DR. SAYAN BASU
DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Bio.

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 

Lauren Chambers

MS. LAUREN CHAMBERS
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Bio.

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 

 

Jessica Ellis

MS. JESSICA ELLIS
COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING OFFICER

Bio.

Ms. Ellis joined the Office of National Scholarships as Communications & Marketing Officer in January 2017. Her prior experience includes creation of innovative marketing plans, promotional material, and social media strategy. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and Master of Business Administration in Marketing. Her passion for identifying new ways to engage students and transform marketing strategies inspired her to share her work at local symposiums. As an advocate for student success, she presented at two Florida conferences on student retention and engagement – FLACADA 2016 and VIP 2016. Jessica is a Florida native and an alumnus of USF. She is proud to call the Tampa Bay area her home.

 Contact Ms. Ellis at jstaffor@honors.usf.edu

Lauren Bartshe

MS. LAUREN BARTSHE-HANLEN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Bio.

Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen joined the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) in May 2017. Lauren has earned a bachelor's degree in German from Hendrix College (Arkansas) and master's degree in German Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received multiple study grants to Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands, including a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany in 2010-11. At ONS, Lauren looks forward to connecting students with experiential learning opportunities that align with their academic, professional, and personal goals, and assisting with the preparation of globally-focused prestigious scholarships.

Contact Ms. Bartshe-Hanlen at bartshe@honors.usf.edu  

Lauren Roberts

MS. LAUREN ROBERTS
ASSISTANT SCHOLARSHIP ADVISOR

Bio.

Ms. Roberts joined the Office of National Scholarships as Assistant Scholarship Advisor in October 2017. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and biology from Denison University. She will be completing her Masters in Education in May 2018, focusing on College Student Affairs. She studied abroad in Kenya and Tanzania as an undergraduate and has wanted to work in international education ever since! She is excited to help students have amazing experiences that will change their lives forever.

 Contact Ms. Roberts at robertsl1@usf.edu

 

 

 

Provost's Scholarship Program Staff

Deborah Grana

MS. DEBORAH GRAÑA
PROVOST'S SCHOLARS PROGRAM ADVISOR

Bio.

Deborah Graña earned her B.S in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida in May 2014 and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida in May 2019. During her two years of graduate study at USF, she worked as the Graduate Assistant for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, specifically overseeing the Work and serve Program as well as co-advising the Bulls Service Break board. In addition to her responsibilities, Deborah also interned for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the USF in London Program. Deborah is passionate about an equitable education and ensuring that all students gain access to resources available that will lead to their success.

Contact Deborah at dgrana@usf.edu