If you're an honors student at SOU, there's a whole team of people devoted to supporting you and making sure you get the most out of your time. Only 25 students are admitted to the Honors College each year, so you're guaranteed personal attention.
All Honors professors are experts in their field of study, and nothing makes them happier than to share that expertise with students excited about learning.
Diana Maltz received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Stanford University and recently served as Chair of SOU's Department of Language, Literature, and Philosophy. She will teach the first-year Honors Foundation course, which aims to sharpen students' writing, critical thinking, creative collaboration, and research skills through readings and discussion of compelling real-world issues. As a scholar, Dr. Maltz specializes in British Victorian language and culture.
Dr. Kemble Yates received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Washington State University and recently founded and launched SOU's new Master of Applied Mathematics program. He is pleased to be participating in the Honors College, creating an environment where mathematics is both fun and interesting as well as seen as relevant and useful in real-world situations. He plans to combine history and problem solving to facilitate a lively and engaging atmosphere and to inspire students to achieve more than they ever dreamed that they could. He's liable to challenge you to a board game between softball games, concerts, and bowling nights.
Prakash Chenjeri received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bangalore University. He has been involved in the launch of the Honors College at SOU from its conceptual stage and is looking forward to working with colleagues from a variety of disciplines to design and teach multidisciplinary courses for Honors students. Dr. Chenjeri has designed a special seminar series in logic and argumentation for the College. Needless to say, he delights in a good philosophical debate.
Chris Oswald has a Ph.D. in Biology from Indiana University and has published over 30 papers in professional journals regarding subject matter ranging from biochemistry and physiology to zoology and ecology. In addition, she has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research and teaching projects and has served as a panel member for NSF, reviewing proposals for funding. She hopes that Honors students come away from her class with a deeper understanding of how the biological world is intricately interwoven with all aspects of human society―and that everyone will have a lot of fun in the process.
Mark A. Shibley, Professor of Sociology, has a joint appointment in the departments of Social Science, Policy & Culture and Environmental Studies. Dr. Shibley earned a Ph.D. from University of California Santa Barbara. He specializes in the sociology of religion, environmental sociology, and applied social research methods. In 1997, Dr. Shibley co-edited Building Community: Social Science in Action. which won the Paul Davidoff Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. He enjoys engaging students in an exploration of where knowledge about the social world comes from and examining how social scientists produce knowledge about the world that may differ from knowledge derived from personal experience and tradition.
Gregory V. Jones is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in the Atmospheric Sciences. His teaching and research interests include meteorology, climatology, hydrology, and agriculture; phenology of plant systems; biosphere and atmosphere interactions; climate change; and quantitative methods in spatial and temporal analysis. He is the author of numerous book chapters, including being a contributing author to the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. He was recently named to Decanter Magazine.s 2009 Power List representing the top 50 most influential people in the world of wine and the Oregon Wine Press.s 2009 Wine Person of the Year.
Mark Krause earned his PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Tennessee. His dissertation and postdoctoral work involved such varied topics as the development of predatory behavior in snakes, sexual behavior in birds, and how testosterone affects human brain function. He teaches the honors introductory psychology sequences (PSY 201 and 202), as well as upper division courses in learning, memory, and behavioral neuroscience.
Angel McDonald, a saxophone teacher and graphic designer, is the Honors College Assistant. She will be providing office support as well as timely and accurate communication with Honors students and faculty. If you have questions or need help as an Honors student (or if you need a hiking or kayaking buddy, photographer, cook, dog lover, or film enthusiast) she might be just the person to contact.