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Simon Stacey, Ph.D. [CV]


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

Before becoming the Associate Director of the Honors College in 2011, Jodi Kelber-Kaye was a faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies for eight years. 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
Michael Stone, M.A.

Michael Stone joined the Honors College as an Academic Advisor in 2016. Michael advises all Honors College freshmen and transfer students and also oversees the Honors College admissions and recruitment efforts, coordinates the Honors Living Learning Community, and develops and implements Honors College assessment strategies. Michael is passionate about helping students develop an academic identity that strives for excellence both in college and beyond. From applying to college, to being admitted, all the way through the first year, Michael supports students as they develop the self-efficacy, discipline, and imagination that defines an Honors College student. Michael holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from UMBC. His research focused on Public History, which he defines as a collaborative process that reclaims community power through the expression of historical narratives. Michael’s experience presenting at conferences, applying for prestigious opportunities, and assisting in classroom instruction further informs his work as an Academic Advisor.


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)