Honors Education

My research into honors education developed out of my experiences teaching honors courses at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College and helping administer Lane’s Honors Program.

As part of my ongoing investigation, I remain very involved with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). For instance, I serve on the Assessment and Evaluation Committee and the Two-Year College Committee.

I also participate in the annual conference. At the Seattle conference in October 2016, Rochelle Gregory and I presented on undergraduate research at two-year colleges.

With Rochelle Gregory at the beginning of our session.

With Rochelle Gregory at the beginning of our session.

In November 2015, I organized a session and presented a paper on assessment in two-year college honors programs. Unfortunately, my co-presenter could not attend; however, there was a great audience that engaged in a productive, interesting discussion on assessment after my presentation.

In 2014, I organized a panel on honors capstones and shared my paper, “The Honors Symposium as a Capstone Project” at the conference in Denver.

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In 2013, I organized a panel on honors seminars and presented my paper, “Invitation to Inquiry: A Model for Honors Seminars at Two-Year Colleges” at the 2013 NCHC Conference in New Orleans.

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Additionally, I co-authored an essay on two-year college honors seminars that is forthcoming in the 2016 issue of Honors in Practice. This essay will be revised and submitted for the NCHC’s revised two-year college monograph. I also published an essay on creating task-specific rubrics with my students in the honors seminars for issue 15.2 of JNCHC.

All of this work has helped me learn more about the various forms of honors education and to think about how to best develop the Honors Program at Lane Community College.

To further my thinking about honors and to foster more dialogue about this topic, I maintain the blog: The Honor Roll: An Inquiry into Honors Education. I hope you will follow this blog and participate in the discussion.

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