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Honors College Faculty and Faculty Fellows | Honors College Advisory Board


Simon Stacey, Ph.D. [CV]


Associate Director
Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Ph.D. [CV]

Before becoming the Associate Director of the Honors College, Jodi Kelber-Kaye was a faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies for eight years, where she taught many Honors College students. She continues to do research and teach in the areas of critical gender and race studies, LGBT studies, visual studies, and gender and science studies. Besides her research in these fields, Dr. Kelber-Kaye serves as a gender consultant for “B’More Fit for Healthy Babies,” a HHS-funded project that is targeted to help reduce the high infant mortality rate in Baltimore City. Dr. Kelber-Kaye is also currently collaborating on the production of a documentary film about the feminist and black power movements active in Baltimore in the early 1970s. Dr. Kelber-Kaye received her Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Arizona in 2003 (where she also earned her M.A. in art history) and has been at UMBC ever since. Originally from Boston, she is happy to make downtown Baltimore her home and volunteers regularly with social change nonprofits in the city.


Academic Advisor
Alexandra N. Graves, M.Ed

Alexandra is an artist, advocate, and counselor with a background in crisis intervention and student wellness support.  She holds degrees in community counseling and college student support and fine arts, and uses these interests to develop meaningful and transformative relationships with students who need additional support as they navigate student life.  She has worked extensively with first generation, traditionally-underrepresented, and disengaged students to help support their growth, success, and overall wellness and success.  Through collaboration with faculty, staff, and campus partners, she hopes to work with students to build self-efficacy,  explore important experiences, and develop into independent thinkers, scholars, and professionals.  Within the larger campus Alexandra is involved in initiatives to support students experiencing food-insecurity and homelessness, and within the Honors College she works with students in their sophomore year of studies and serves as the advisor for the Honors College Council.


Academic Advisor
Michael Stone, M.A.

Michael Stone’s role in the Honors College includes academic advising of first-year Honors College students, recruitment and admissions, and coordinating the Honors College Living Learning Community and co-curricular events. Michael received his B.A. and M.A. in history from UMBC. He began working with UMBC students as a teaching assistant and orientation advisor in 2014. As a graduate student he studied public history, which he defines as a collaborative process that reclaims community power through the creation of historical narratives. He has worked on several public history projects including: The Landscapes of SlaveryExplore Baltimore Heritage, and Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Digital Archive. His commitment to apply the principles of a liberal arts education to effect positive change in the world has brought him to the Honors College, where students are encouraged to do just that.


Administrative Assistant II
Lisa Whittle

Honors College Faculty and Faculty Fellows

Honors College Faculty

Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D., Honors College Professor of Visual Arts
Ellen Handler Spitz, at UMBC since 2001, teaches interdisciplinary seminars in the Honors College in aesthetics, literature, psychology, and the visual arts. Dr. Spitz received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has held fellowships at the Getty Center, Radcliffe Institute, Stanford, Rutgers and the Clark Art Institute, among others. She has taught and/or lectured in England, France, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Russia, Canada, India, and the Peoples Republic of China. Dr. Spitz has published numerous articles and books, most notably Art and Psyche (Yale University Press, 1985), Image and Insight (Columbia University Press, 1991), Museums of the Mind (Yale University Press, 1994), Inside Picture Books (Yale University Press, 1999), The Brightening Glance (Pantheon Books, 2006; Anchor-Vintage Books, 2007), and Illuminating Childhood: Portraits in Fiction, Film, and Drama (University of Michigan Press, 2010). She also reviews children’s literature in academic journals and for The New Republic online.

Faculty Fellows, 2014-2016

Shawn BediakoShawn Bediako, Ph.D.,

Kate BrownKate Brown, Ph.D.,

Jeffrey DavisJeffrey Davis, J.D., Ph.D.,
Political Science

Nicole Else-Quest Nicole Else-Quest, Ph.D.,

emekergunEmek Ergun, Ph.D.,
Gender and Woman’s Studies

hobanSusan Hoban, Ph.D.,
Goddard Earth Science & Technology Center  

leupenSarah Leupen, Ph.D.,
Biological Sciences

muson Eve Muson, M.F.A,

Norman Prentiss
Norman Prentiss
Fiction Writer

Dr Megan Wiley RiveraMegan Wiley Rivera, Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Systems

colletteColette Searls, M.F.A.,


Stephen Mang, Ph.D.,
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Past Faculty Fellows

Stephen Beale, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Steven Caruso, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Marie desJardins, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Anupam Joshi, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
William Lord, Ph.D., Economics
Seth Messinger, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology
Gail Orgelfinger, Ph.D., English
Timothy Phin, M.A., Ancient Studies
Fred Pincus, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology
Megan Porter, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Denis Provencher, Ph.D., Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication
Megan Wiley Rivera, Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Systems
James Sandoz, M.S., Biological Sciences
John Short, Ph.D., Public Policy
Constantine Vaporis, Ph.D., History 
Frederic Worden, MFA, Visual Arts

Honors College Advisory Board

Marie desJardins, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
James Grubb, Ph.D., History
Tyson King-Meadows, Ph.D., Political Science
Wayne Lutters, Ph.D., Information Systems
Katherine Seley-Radke, Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry
Diane Lee, Ph.D., Vice-Provost & Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education (ex-officio)
Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D., Honors College Professor of Visual Arts (ex-officio)
Simon Stacey, Ph.D., Director, (ex-officio)
Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Ph.D., Associate Director (ex-officio)
Delana Gregg, M.A., Academic Advisor (ex-officio)