Meet The Directors

Dr. Liza Davis

Director

What makes education truly meaningful? I recently saw a review (by John Rosenberg) of a new book by Richard J. Light, who finds that Harvard students learn best through close interaction with their professors. In Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, Light sees the consummate academic experience as a one-on-one apprenticeship in which students “define a research question and pursue new knowledge” with the assurance they’ll get immediate feedback. But even the student sensing the “loneliness of the lecture hall” can find in the larger class opportunities that make it “a venue for active learning.” Peer review, for example, imposes a “more demanding standard of explanation and written thought” on the work of even the most advanced students, requiring them to find their own authorial voices in writing for their classmates (rather than unthinkingly adopting the academic style of their professors). Professors who employ such tactics “get in the way” of their students and test their capacity to engage with their cohorts in a class (Rosenberg 33-34).

It strikes me that this is pretty close to what our own Honors Program does across the disciplines with the Honors Colloquium and the Honors Seminar. And I’m convinced that Light’s ideal apprenticeship is often realized in both the Honors Directed Study and the regular interactions between Honors students and their mentors. But the Honors Senior Capstone Experience most faithfully fulfills Light’s definition of a peak academic experience, requiring students to exercise originality in defining a research topic and to solicit direction, at every stage of a project, from one or two faculty mentors in their major disciplines (and, ultimately, from the interdisciplinary Honors Council). It looks, then, like we’re on the right track.

-Dr. Liza Davis

Dr. Julia Morrissey

Dr. Julia Morrissey

Assistant Director

 

KSU’s Honors curriculum offers students an opportunity both to learn in small classes where they can have significant interaction with their peers and instructor and to do research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.   The Honors Program also aims to provide students with the support they need to be successful.  Honors advisors meet with students individually each semester to help them plan their schedules and ensure that they are moving through the program smoothly.  In addition to these regularly scheduled conferences, faculty advisors and other staff members are available daily to help students with their school-related needs, plans, and projects.  We aim to provide both a challenging academic experience and the support students need to feel confident and achieve their goals.

-Dr. Jullia Morrissey

 


For more information:

Dr. Liza Davis, Director
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road #2301
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
Office: WH 230
Phone: 678-797-2364
ldavis@kennesaw.edu
Dr. Julia Morrissey, Assistant Director
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road #2301
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
Office: WH 230
Phone: 678-797-2364
jmorriss@kennesaw.edu
Ms. Charlotte Canup
Administrative Associate I
Honors College
Undergraduate Honors Program
Office: WH 230
Phone: 678-797-2364
Email: ccanup@kennesaw.edu