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Learn more about our faculty on their bio pages, and view below for additional information about Honors staff, administration, and advisors.
Dr. Charles Adams
Dean and Professor of English
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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Dr. Catherine Wilkins
Interim Assistant Dean
Dr. Wilkins is a full-time instructor in the Honors College, teaching primarily Arts and Humanities courses. An alumna of USF, she received her BA in Humanities in the year 2000, before attending Tulane University in New Orleans, where she earned a MA in Art History and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary History. Dr. Wilkins' scholarly work focused on 19th century to contemporary visual and literary culture, and its intersection with sociopolitical issues. Dr. Wilkins is the faculty advisor for the Honors College's Bedsider student organization and the coordinator of the Honors College Student Art Show. Additionally, she is the faculty liaison for Connections, the partnership between the Honors College and the Tampa Museum of Art, in which students learn to facilitate experiences with art for museum visitors diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, PTSD, and depression.
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Dr. Sayan Basu
Director of the Office of National Scholarships
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.
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Ms. Judy Kane
Director of Development
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Ms. Amy Harroun
Director of Communications and Marketing
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.
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Ms. Cayla Lanier
Director of Academic Advising
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.
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Mr. Reginald Lucien
Associate Director for International and Residential Programs
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 careen in health professions.
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Mr. Arnaldo Mejias
Associate Director of Advising for Health Professions
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.
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Ms. Krysta Banke
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.
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Ms. Megan Braunstein
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.
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Dr. Amanda Cutchens
Amanda Cutchens earned her B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida in May 2007 and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida in May 2010. In December 2017, she graduated from USF with her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. As an Honors College Academic Advisor, she advises Honors Engineering, Math, Physics, Statistics, and pre-Health students. She is also the advisor for the Honors College Student Council (HCSC). She loves working with Honors students and looks forward to the many opportunities the Honors College offers students at USF.
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Mr. Carter Harbert
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.
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Ms. Danielle Sanford
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.
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Ms. Joan Field
Assistant to the Dean
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.
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Ms. Cathy Hsieh
Business Fiscal Analyst
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.
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Mr. Mark Friday
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.
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Mr. Marco Nardiello
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.
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Ms. Jessica Ellis
Communications and Marketing Officer
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.
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Ms. Jennifer Morgan
Assistant Director of Alumni Programs
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.
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Dr. Sayan Basu
Director of the Office of National Scholarships
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.
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Ms. Lauren Chambers
Associate Director of the Office of National Scholarships
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.”
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Ms. Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen
Assistant Director of the Office of National Scholarships
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.
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Ms. Lauren Roberts
Assistant Scholarship Advisor
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.
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Mr. Ramon Borunda
Director of the Provost's Scholars Program
Ramon Borunda, Director of the Provost’s Scholars Program, joined the program in Spring of 2018 and hails from Los Angeles, California. Ramon has a Bachelor’s degree in History from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. He has 8 years of experience in Higher Education working at fantastic institutions like Penn State University and the University of Southern California. As Director of the Provost’s Scholars Program, he seeks to support students alongside his team by providing resources, experiences and mentoring needed to finish their degree in three years.”
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Ms. Michelle Meek
Academic Advisor of the Provost's Scholars Program
Michelle Meek joined the Provost’s Scholars Program team in 2018 to serve as the PSP Academic Advisor. Originally from Ohio, she graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing in 2014, and from the University of Connecticut with an M.A. in Higher Education in Student Affairs in 2018. Michelle worked for Ohio State’s College of Dentistry as a Student Affairs Specialist supporting dental students from 2015-2016. She is passionate about helping students weave together their academic and co-curricular interests, and finding their path to self-defined success throughout their college experiences.
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