Honors Committee

The Faculty Senate Honors Committee provides a forum to address issues or ideas with the goal of improving the WOU Honors Program. It is one of four Faculty Senate curriculum committees. Below is the Honors Committee charge, approved by Faculty Senate in 2010:

“The Faculty Senate Honors Committee serves in a review and advisory capacity with regard to the college’s academic Honors Program and its director. The committee will assist and advise the Honors Director with the evaluation of thesis proposals, the selection of Honors courses, and additional evaluation, Honors, and assessment requests. The Honors Committee is the curriculum committee for the Honors Program and makes its recommendations directly to the Senate Executive Committee.”

The committee meets on the third Tuesday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May. In addition to faculty, class-elected honors students are also voting members — one of the distinguishing elements of the committee. Its structure derives from a desire for diversity as well as the participation of academic divisions within the program.


WOU Faculty Representatives

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Seats (4), one each from the Divisions of Creative Arts, Humanities, Natural Science and Math, and Social Science:

    • Creative Arts: Dr. Kent Neely, Department of Theater & Dance (committee chair)
    • Humanities: Dr. Lars Soderlund, Department of English Studies
    • Natural Science and Math: Dr. Karen Haberman, Department of Biology
    • Social Science: Dr. Elizabeth Swedo, Department of History

College of Education Seats (2), one from the Division of Education and Leadership and one from either the Division of Health and Exercise Science or the Division of Deaf Studies & Professional Studies:

    • Division of Education and Leadership: Dr. Katrina Hovey
    • Division of Deaf Studies & Professional Studies: Prof. Erin Trine

Honors Program Director:  Dr. Gavin Keulks, Department of English Studies

Optional Seats (0-2), chosen solely from the Divisions of Behavioral Sciences; Business & Economics; Computer Science; or the Library:

    • Dr. Jaime M. Cloud, Department of Psychological Sciences / Behavioral Sciences
    • Dr. Frederick Oerther, Division of Business & Economics


WOU Honors Student Representatives

    • Sophomore Class Representative: N.J. Johnson
    • Junior Class Representative: Daniel Woolf
    • Senior Class Representative: BillyAnn Stempel
    • Honors Program Specialist (and honors senior): Toni Gowen




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Honors Program

(503) 838-8519 or honors@wou.edu