Honors Program Committee

Providing Oversight

The Honors Program Committee is a continuing ad hoc committee duly constituted by the Merrimack Faculty Senate.

Its members include:
  • Four elected faculty members (one each from business, humanities, social science, and science and engineering), serving staggered two-year terms.
  • The director of the honors program.
  • Up to four honors students recruited by the committee to serve as nonvoting liaison members.
The HPC provides ongoing oversight of the honors program’s administration, curriculum and co-curriculum, including course selection, review of honors component proposals from students and assessment.

Committee Members

2022-2023
Ellen McWhorter Chair, Honors Program Director
Rena Stroud Assistant Professor of Education
Jim Kaklamanos Associate Professor of Engineering
Fan Chen Assistant Professor of Accounting & Finance
Emma Duffy-Comparone Associate Professor of English
2021-22
Ellen McWhorter Chair, Honors Program Director
Lisa Fuller Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Fall 2021)
Rena Stroud Assistant Professor of Education
Jim Kaklamanos Associate Professor of Engineering
Fan Chen Assistant Professor of Accounting & Finance
Debra Michals Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies (Spring 2022)
2020-21
Ellen McWhorter Chair, Honors Program Director
Lisa Fuller Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Alicia Malone Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Zachary Kissel Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Kaveh Moradi Assistant Professor of Accounting & Finance
2019-20
Ellen McWhorter Chair, Honors Program Director
Lisa Fuller Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Alicia Malone Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Zachary Kissel Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Kaveh Moradi Assistant Professor of Accounting & Finance
2018-19
Ellen McWhorter Chair, Honors Program Director
Katelyn Kurkul Assistant Professor of Education
Brian Provencher Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Lisa Fuller Assistant Professor of Philosophy
2017-18
Ellen McWhorter Chair, Honors Program Director
Rodrigo Bandeira de Mello Associate Professor of Management
Katelyn Kurkul Assistant Professor of Education
Brian Provencher Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Zoe Sherman Assistant Professor of Economics
2016-17
Ellen McWhorter Chair, Honors Program Director (Spring 2017)
Kerry Johnson Chair, Interim Honors Program Director (Fall 2016)
William Bowhers Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Laura Hsu Assistant Professor of Education
Ellen McWhorter Assistant Professor of English (Fall 2016)
Rodrigo Bandeira de Mello Associate Professor of Management
Zoe Sherman Associate Professor of Economics (Spring 2017)
2015-16 
Kerry Johnson Chair, Interim Honors Program Director
William Bowhers Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Fang Zhao Assistant Professor of Accounting
Laura Hsu Assistant Professor of Education (Spring 2016)
Alicia Girgenti Assistant Professor of Criminology (Fall 2015)
Laura Pruett Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
2014-15 
William Wians Chair, Honors Program Director
William Bowhers Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Laura Hsu Assistant Professor of Education
Mary Papazian Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
Laura Pruett Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
2013-14 
William Wians Chair, Honors Program Director
William Bowhers Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Kathy Shine Cain Professor of Writing and Director of Writing Center
Laura Hsu Assistant Professor of Education
Mary Papazian Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance