Honors Faculty

The Frederik Meijer Honors College features nine permanent full-time faculty, two full-time Faculty-in-Residence, the Meijer Endowed Chair in Entrpreneurship & Innovation, and dozens of exceptional faculty drawn from departments and programs across campus.

Full-time Honors Faculty

These faculty all teach the majority of their classes in Honors and have their offices in the Niemeyer suite.

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Coeli Fitzpatrick

Chair and Professor of Philosophy in Honors

Office Address: 125 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3748

Email: fitzpaco@gvsu.edu

Coeli Fitzpatrick is Professor of Philosophy in the Frederik Meijer Honors College and Chair of the Honors Faculty. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Professor Fitzpatrick received her B.A. in Philosophy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She teaches several courses in the program, including the first-year sequence The Middle East Beyond the Headlines and a Junior Seminar on Islamophobia. Her publications include the award winning edited volume Muhammad in History, Thought and Culture as well as writings on Edward Said and Orientalism. Professor Fitzpatrick's current research focuses on the transmission of Arab intellectual history in the West, Muslim Spain and Orientalism.

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Ellen Adams

Associate Professor, Honors College and GVSU Art Gallery

Office Address: 126 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8134

Email: adamsell@gvsu.edu

Ellen Adams is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College and has a joint appointment with the GVSU Art Gallery. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Professor Adams received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware, her M.A. from Hunter College (City University of New York), and her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches several courses in the program, including the first-year interdisciplinary sequence Europe: The Center and the Margins, Art and Money, and Modern Art and Modernity. Her publications and presentations concentrate primarily on modern and contemporary artists. Prof. Adams’ current research project focuses on American women artists active during the New Deal.

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Craig Benjamin

Professor of History in Honors

Office Address: 130 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3469

Email: benjamic@gvsu.edu

Craig Benjamin is a Professor of History in the Meijer Honors College. Craig was a professional musician for 25 years in his native Australia before gaining his PhD from Macquarie University in Sydney and taking up an academic career. He teaches two Foundational Interdisciplinary Courses in Honors: Big History and Focus on Asia.  Craig’s recent publications include Big History: Between Nothing and Everything (McGraw-Hill 2014); Cambridge World History Vol IV (CUP 2015); and Empires of Ancient Eurasia. The First Silk Roads Era 100 BCE-250 CE (CUP forthcoming 2018). Professor Benjamin’s current research focuses on ancient Eurasian globalizations, big history, and world history historiography.

 

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Rosalynn Bliss

Meijer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Office Address: 129 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-2493

Email: blissr@gvsu.edu

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the first female mayor of Grand Rapids when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama and a master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. She has over twenty years of experience in the fields of domestic violence and child welfare. She is past president of the Michigan Municipal League and serves on the boards of the Downtown Development Authority, Experience Grand Rapids, Convention Arena Authority, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Mayor’s Innovation Project and Interurban Transit Partnership, and other organizations. Mayor Bliss has been recognized and honored locally as well as statewide for her commitment, dedication and work in the field of child abuse and neglect and for her leadership in the community. She teaches HNR 312, a junior seminar on leadership and problem-solving.

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Jeremiah Cataldo

Associate Professor of History in Honors

Office Address: 121 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3470

Email: cataldoj@gvsu.edu

Jeremiah Cataldo is Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College. He earned his Ph.D. from Drew University, a Master in Philosophy from Drew University, a Master in Ministry from Bethel College, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Bethel College. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles, including Biblical Terror (Bloomsbury, 2017) and A Social-Political History of Monotheism (Routledge, 2018). A strong supporter of cultivating well-roundedness in mind and body, he enjoys woodworking, backpacking, running ultramarathons, and training in Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He teaches Alliance and Conflict, Prophetic Critique, Terror of Monotheism, and Textual Tease.

 

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Kurt Ellenberger

Professor of Music in Honors

Office Address: 123 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8075

Email: ellenbek@gvsu.edu

Kurt Ellenberger is a pianist, composer, and author from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His writings include a jazz theory book, pedagogical articles, and many essays that appear in his arts and culture blog entitled Also Sprach FraKathustra, which is published by The Huffington Post–Arts and Culture. He has recorded on Innova Recordings, Ghostly International, and Challenge-A Records (the Netherlands). He performed on Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble’s recordings of Terry Riley’s “IN C: Remixed” and Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” which have been featured in The New York Times and other leading publications. Ellenberger teaches a variety of music-related courses including “Music, Culture, and Aesthetics,” Jazz History, and Rock History. He is also a Fulbright Scholar who taught in Austria at the Kunstuniversität Graz (University of the Arts in Graz) and serves as artistic advisor on the Board of Trustees for the city of Mannheim, Germany.

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Amy McFarland

Associate Professor of Food and Agricultural Studies in Honors

Office Address: 136 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8156

Email: mcfarla1@gvsu.edu

Amy McFarland is Assistant Professor of Food and Agricultural Studies in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.  Originally from Houston, Texas, Professor McFarland received her B.A. in Psychology from Rice University and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. She teaches several courses in the program, including the first-year sequence Food for Thought and a Junior Seminar on Controversies in Food and Agriculture. Her current research focuses on the intersections of humans and the environment, primarily through gardening, food, and agriculture. 

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Joel Stillerman

Professor of Sociology and Faculty-in-Residence in Honors

Office Address: 124 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3129

Email: stillejo@gvsu.edu

Joel is a Professor of Sociology and Faculty-in-Residence in the Honors College and is originally from Chicago. He received his BA (1986) in Philosophy and Political Science at Bennington College and PhD (1998) in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. Prior to arriving to Grand Valley, he taught at the University of Arizona. Joel co-teaches (with Prof. Heather Van Wormer) an introductory sequence, "Culture, Power, and Inequality," a junior seminar, "The Sociology of Consumption," and several courses in the Sociology Department. He is the author of The Sociology of Consumption: A Global Approach (Polity, 2015) and coeditor of Qué significa el trabajo hoy?: Continuidad y cambio en una sociedad global (Catalonia, 2012). Joel's publications on labor activism, consumer culture, and middle classes in Chile and Latin America appear in Poetics, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and other journals and edited volumes.

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Peter Wampler

Associate Professor of Geology in Honors

Office Address:  142B Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3302

Email: wamplerp@gvsu.edu

Peter Wampler is a broadly trained environmental geologist and geomorphologist with a background in both academic and government regulation of mining and storm water. He received his PhD in 2004 for work on human- and climatic-induced changes along the Clackamas River in Oregon. As a professor at GVSU, he has worked with undergraduate and graduate students on applied geoscience research: 1) evaluating GVSU’s storm water runoff footprint and assisting in designing Best Management Practices (BMP) for GVSU; 2) investigating water resources and groundwater contamination pathways in rural Haiti; 3) evaluating human impacts to river systems resulting from dams and other structures; and 4) Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create household radon hazard maps for Michigan using geologic data.  He has traveled to Haiti numerous times since 2007 to work on water resources issues and safe water interventions. Since 2016 he's been leading groups of GVSU students on a 4-week study abroad to Haiti.

Honors Associates

Honors also draws many exceptional faculty from around campus.

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Majd Al-Mallah

Modern Languages and Literatures

almallam@gvsu.edu

Middle East Beyond the Headlines

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Brad Ambrose

Physics

ambroseb@gvsu.edu 

Human Body in Motion

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Karen Amisi

Biology

amisik@gvsu.edu

The Healing Power of Plants

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Kirk Anderson

Statistics

anderkir@gvsu.edu

STA 215: Introductory Applied Statistics (Honors)

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Sheila Blackman

Biology

blackmas@gvsu.edu

Plants and People

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Steeve Buckridge

History

buckrids@gvsu.edu

Africa Seen Through African Eyes

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Debra Burg

Biomedical Sciences

burgd@gvsu.edu

Molecules of Life

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Alice Chapman

History

chapmali@gvsu.edu

Medieval Cultures

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Kathryn Christopher

Engineering

christok@gvsu.edu

Design Thinking

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Grace Coolidge

History

coolidgg@gvsu.edu 

Europe: The Center and the Margins

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David Crane

Classics

craneda@gvsu.edu

Worlds of Greece and Rome

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Jason Crouthamel

History

crouthaj@gvsu.edu

The Holocaust

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Matthew Daley

History

daleym@gvsu.edu

Urbanism

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Sonia Dalmia

Economics

dalmias@gvsu.edu

ECO 211: Introductory Microeconomics (Honors)

Sigrid Danielson

Visual & Media Arts

danielsi@gvsu.edu

Medieval Cultures

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Rob Franciosi

English Language & Literatures

francior@gvsu.edu

The Holocaust

Pamela Galbraith

Anthropology

galbrapa@gvsu.edu

Theory & Practice of Rights

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Elizabeth Gansen

Modern Languages & Literature

gansenel@gvsu.edu

Europe: The Center & the Margins

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Dan Giedeman

Economics

giedemad@gvsu.edu

ECO 210: Introductory Macroeconomics (Honors)

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Gary Greer

Biology

greerg@gvsu.edu

Biodiversity Matters

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Quinn Griffin

Classics

griffiqu@gvsu.edu

Worlds of Greece and Rome

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Jennifer Gross

Psychology

grossj@gvsu.edu

PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (Honors)

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Charles Ham

Classics

hamch@gvsu.edu

Worlds of Greece and Rome

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Christopher Harper

Accounting

harpechr@gvsu.edu

ACC 212: Principles of Financial Accounting (Honors)

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Tara Hefferan

Anthropology

hefferta@gvsu.edu

Making Waves: Water for a Changing World

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Naoki Kanaboshi

Criminal Justice

kanabosn@gvsu.edu

Civil Rights & Social Movements

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John Kilbourne

Movement Science

kilbourj@gvsu.edu

Games in a Circumpolar World

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Ryan Lafferty

Management

laffertr@gvsu.edu

Design Thinking for Social Product Innovation

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Paul Lane

Marketing

lanepa@gvsu.edu

Design Thinking for Social Product Innovation

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Yan Liang

Modern Languages and Literatures

liangya@gvsu.edu

East Asia and the World

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David Martin

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

martind5@gvsu.edu

Exploring Race & Racism

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Leifa Mayers

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

mayersl@gvsu.edu

Civil Rights & Social Movements

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Corinna McLeod

English

mcleodc@gvsu.edu

Africa Seen Through African Eyes

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Doug Montagna

History

montagnd@gvsu.edu

American Civilization

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Roderick Morgan

Biology

morganr@gvsu.edu

Microbes and Society

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Melissa Morison

Classics

morisonm@gvsu.edu

Urbanism

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Paul Murphy

History

murphyp@gvsu.edu

American Civilization

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Charles Pazdernik

Classics

pazdernc@gvsu.edu

Worlds of Greece and Rome

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Tom Pentecost

Chemistry

pentecot@gvsu.edu

Chemistry in Perspective

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Gabriela Pozzi

Modern Languages and Literatures

pozzig@gvsu.edu

Europe: Center and the Margins

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Eric Ramsson

Biomedical Sciences

ramssone@gvsu.edu

Zombie Physiology

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Medar Serrata

Modern Languages and Literatures

serratam@gvsu.edu

The Making of Latin America

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Eric Snyder

Biology

snydeeri@gvsu.edu

Making Waves: Water for a Changing World

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Andrew Spear

Philosophy

speara@gvsu.edu 

History of Science

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David Stark

History

starkd@gvsu.edu

Dirty Wars in Latin America

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Jennifer Stewart

Sociology

stewarje@gvsu.edu 

SOC 313: Race & Ethnicity (Honors)

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Star Swift

Management

swifts@gvsu.edu

BUS 201: Legal Environment for Business (Honors)

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David Terry

History

terrydav@gvsu.edu

Europe: Center and the Margins

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Steve Tripp

History

tripps@gvsu.edu 

American Modern

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Dwayne Tunstall

Philosophy

tunstald@gvsu.edu

Alliance and Conflict

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John Uglietta

Philosophy

ugliettj@gvsu.edu

Food, Culture, Conscience

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Heather Van Wormer

Anthropology

vanwormh@gvsu.edu

Culture, Power, & Inequality

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Jody Vogelzang

Allied Health Sciences

vogelzjo@gvsu.edu

Design Thinking

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Heather Wallace

Public Health

wallaceh@gvsu.edu

Spirituality and Health

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Michael Webster

English Language and Literatures

websterm@gvsu.edu 

American Modern

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Greg Wilson

Geology

wilsong@gvsu.edu 

Earth, a Global View

Diane Wright

Modern Languages and Literatures

wrightd@gvsu.edu

Europe: Center and the Margins